Rudd laughs off 'nerd' jibes

Rudd laughs off 'nerd' jibes

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd admitted he has a reputation as a nerd - but he doesn’t seem to mind.

The bespectacled leader whose lofty rhetoric and slight stiffness in public sometimes give him the aura of a schoolteacher was asked on radio today how he would spend a cash payout the government is handing out to most Australians.

“Some people have accused me of being a nerd from central casting,” Mr Rudd replied during a talk radio segment on the youth station Nova.

“What I would probably do is go down to the bookshop and buy some books I’ve been wanting to buy for a while,” he went on. “A bit of music, that sort of stuff.”

Cash payouts of up to 900 Australian dollars (€481) are being rolled out starting this week as part of the government’s plans to combat the global financial downturn. Callers to the radio show talked about buying new big-screen TVs or heading overseas on holiday.

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