Kevin Rudd returns to his former job as Bulimba hoodrat

Kevin Rudd returns to his former job as Bulimba hoodrat

3 July, 2015. 16:03

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact

FORMER BULIMBA PERSONALITY Kevin Rudd says he’s readjusting to life-after-politics well, returning to his old job as a stand over man.

Before entering politics, Mr Rudd was a well-known and respected resident of the leafy Brisbane suburb. He made a living settling disputes and providing mediation as well as providing security for local businesses.

“My old Broncos hoodie still fits me,” says Rudd.

Kevin Rudd when he was a Bulimba standover man. PHOTO: Supplied.
Kevin Rudd when he was a Bulimba standover man. PHOTO: Supplied.

The 57-year-old admits he missed walking up and down the Oxford Street shopping precinct while he was away doing other things around the world.

It’s been a long time coming for the former parliamentarian and diplomat, who was recently able to resettle his family back in to the hustle and bustle of Brisbane life.

“It’s great to be back. Not much has changed, though,”

However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the four-eyed silver fox.

In 1975, he was charged by local police for having the knees of his 67-year-old tennis partner broken after she allegedly threw the game.

A group of hoodrats near Bulimba Ferry Wharf in 1986. PHOTO: Supplied.
A group of hoodrats near Bulimba Ferry Wharf in 1986. PHOTO: Supplied.

The woman, Judith Murray from nearby New Farm, was left with limited function in both her legs and never played tennis again.

Another incident in 1983 saw Rudd arrested over a string of muggings in the area which left a number of tourists with serious facial injuries and contusions.

He was supposedly the leader of a pack of young hoodlums that preyed about unsuspecting travellers that frequented the Bulimba Ferry.

Rudd and his gang would follow ‘yuppie dickheads’, as his convicted criminal partner stated in court in 2006, and hit them over the head with a length of gidgee.

“Those were great days, but yes I have grown up.”