Kevin Rudd's one-time senior adviser on mental health says the former prime minister was removed from the top job for his "own wellbeing".
With a torrent of stories emerging of Mr Rudd's frenzied work practices and dictatorial decision-making, John Mendoza, one of Australia's leading experts on mental illness, warned of mass public service resignations if the former foreign affairs minister was returned to the top job.
"The Australian public is now starting to understand that he (Mr Rudd) wasn't knifed in the back, in fact he was removed for his own wellbeing and the Government of the country had to function," Professor Mendoza said.
He believed the mass resignations would be across the senior echelon of the Australian public sector.
Mr Rudd hand-picked Professor Mendoza to spearhead his promised overhaul of mental health policy.
However, Professor Mendoza quit a week before Mr Rudd was dumped in 2010, complaining of a lack of funding and support.
He told ABC radio yesterday he quit because Mr Rudd's leadership was dysfunctional, erratic and chaotic.
Mr Rudd said his dealings with Professor Mendoza were not extensive and that then health minister Nicola Roxon was the main point of contact.Senior public servants often complained about the Rudd government's working hours and unreasonable demands.
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