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'I'm not perfect' says Rudd

Mr Rudd spoke more broadly yesterday about his detractors who had previously been his supporters, including Gillard Minister Simon Crean.
Mr Rudd spoke more broadly yesterday about his detractors who had previously been his supporters, including Gillard Minister Simon Crean. Scott Powick

KEVIN Rudd has defended his leadership as prime minister in the wake of accusations he was chaotic and dysfunctional.

Announcing he would take on Julia Gillard for the prime ministership in a ballot on Monday, Mr Rudd yesterday admitted he wasn't perfect.

He highlighted the achievements he saw in his government under his reign before he was toppled in June 2010.

The Daily reported yesterday that John Mendoza, a senior advisor to the Rudd Government, had resigned in part because of the "utterly dysfunctional and chaotic" leadership.

Mr Mendoza, former chairman of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, said he and many others were led by Mr Rudd "up the garden path in terms of acting on mental health".

"I'm the first to admit that I wasn't some perfect creation of public administration," Mr Rudd said yesterday when asked about Mr Mendoza's accusation.

"But guess what: I don't think that would be the reflection of any Australian prime minister in their first term if we have a proper perspective on history."

Mr Rudd (pictured) never met his senior advisor on mental health.

Mr Mendoza, who has worked for many governments, said he had never experienced such dysfunction in leadership.

Mr Rudd spoke more broadly yesterday about his detractors who had previously been his supporters, including Gillard Minister Simon Crean.

"I refer to the example ... which is the response to the global financial crisis; a systematic, careful response to one of the greatest challenges to this country's economic survival in its history," Mr Rudd said.

"And we did it through cabinet committees, we did it through cabinet working groups, which I chaired or ministers chaired on my behalf."

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