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Clarke, Dawe and Rudd

Reporter: John Clarke and Bryan Dawe

KERRY O'BRIEN: And now, John Clarke and Bryan Dawe on tour with Kevin Rudd.

BRYAN DAWE: Mr Rudd, would you mind sitting down, please. Thank you for your time.

JOHN CLARKE: Just signing a few autographs for the boys.


JOHN CLARKE: Thank you very much, are you coming to the concert? Come to the concert on Saturday,
if you get a minute. I'll give you a backstage pass. Come round later, we'll duck out, we'll get on
the turps for a bit, it'll be good. You should come, too, Bryan.

BRYAN DAWE: I want to conduct the interview, if you don't mind.

JOHN CLARKE: Certainly.

BRYAN DAWE: Things are going well?

JOHN CLARKE: You jest, surely, Bryan. Things have never gone better. Things are going absolutely
gangbusters just at the moment.

BRYAN DAWE: Your popularity is astonishing?

JOHN CLARKE: I don't know about astonishing.

BRYAN DAWE: It's high. It's obviously high.

JOHN CLARKE: I'm not astonished.

BRYAN DAWE: Would you stop taking photographs, I'm trying to conduct an interview. Can you go out
into the foyer afterwards.

JOHN CLARKE: No photos for a bit, please.

BRYAN DAWE: Can you close the bloody door. I'm trying to conduct an interview. Shane, get the door

JOHN CLARKE: Rock on, Brenda! There you go.

BRYAN DAWE: Mr Rudd, do you mind.

JOHN CLARKE: Tell her, any chemist will make that up.

BRYAN DAWE: Are you ready?

JOHN CLARKE: I've been ready for about two years, didn't have the opportunity.

BRYAN DAWE: You've described the Prime Minister as a security risk?

JOHN CLARKE: I don't really see the problem there myself, Bryan.

BRYAN DAWE: He's furious?

JOHN CLARKE: Yeah, it's got plenty of advantages, Bryan. I just don't see the downside.

BRYAN DAWE: Mr Rudd, do you think it's appropriate to describe the Prime Minister of our country as
a security risk?

JOHN CLARKE: Is it appropriate for him to describe a United States' presidential candidate as a
security risk, Bryan? What are the rules here? Let's get a handle on what we're talking about.

BRYAN DAWE: In what sense is he a security risk?

JOHN CLARKE: He's taken us into one of the great silly military adventures in recent history,
Bryan, which we were told was to do with fighting terrorism. It is engendering terrorism. I don't
want to worry anybody, but Afghanistan is going off again.

BRYAN DAWE: What are you proposing?

JOHN CLARKE: I'm proposing to answer your question, Bryan. I'm making every attempt to do so.

BRYAN DAWE: What do you think Australia should do, is my question?

JOHN CLARKE: We've got to have a pretty serious think. We've got to look a few facts in the face.
We're facing an environmental crisis that personally I don't think is going to be solved by
changing a few lightbulbs in 2009. We are involved in a colossal military adventure we're a puppy,
what do we get in reward? They've nicked our wheat market. Iraq used to be Australia's biggest
wheat market.

BRYAN DAWE: Mr Howard says you're full of yourself?

JOHN CLARKE: In sharp contrast with himself, presumably. We've got a self effacing egomaniac for a
Prime Minister, now, have we?

BRYAN DAWE: Kevin Rudd, thank you for your time.

JOHN CLARKE: The time, grasshopper, is not mine. The time belongs to all of us.