A decade after he took office, former prime minister Kevin Rudd has launched a full-throttle attack on the global power of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which backed his rise. Rudd has labelled News Corp a “cancer” on democracy and called for a royal commission into its relationship with the federal Coalition, in particular how the two organisations have handled the National Broadband Network.

“The Liberal Party has seen fit to call a series of opportunistic royal commissions into the Labor Party over many decades now,” Rudd tells Karen Middleton. “If ever there was a case for a royal commission in Australia on the waste of public funds and the unseemly relationship between the Liberal Party on the one hand and the Murdoch party on the other in the destruction of the NBN model for Australia, this is it.”

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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper