After it was reported last week that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had snubbed newly elected NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, claiming he was fed up with the state Labor party, Rudd and Keneally have engaged in ‘productive’ talks about the future of the fragile state.
Last week Rudd publicly condemned the NSW Labor party via the media telling the party to “get its act together” and had not spoken to Keneally after she was sworn in as the state’s first female premier on Friday.
However Keneally later confirmed that Rudd had called her and congratulated her on her new role.
“We discussed a number of issues. I found it a very productive conversation,” she said. “The prime minister is a man with great vision for the country. He is a man of great integrity and I look very much forward to working with him.”
Keneally said she is keen to tackle issues such as health and public transport at this week’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Brisbane.
Keneally first female NSW Premier