Rudd got what he deserved: Windsor

TONY Windsor, the man who helped deliver power to the minority Labor Government in 2010, has watched with satisfaction as it crumbled.

Staunch New South Wales independent Tony Windsor opted not to contest Saturday's election, delivering the seat into the hands of National Party star performer Barnaby Joyce.

Finally freed from the constraints of parliament, Mr Windsor spoke candidly about his disgust for Kevin Rudd and his satisfaction in seeing the Prime Minister lose power.

The former New England MP said he and fellow independent Rob Oakshott supported Julia Gillard to "run that difficult gauntlet" of leading a minority parliament in 2010, only to see it undermined by Mr Rudd.

"Julia Gillard had the capacity (to lead) in our view," he said.

"Then she faced the most efficient, most ruthless and most effective Opposition Leader in Tony Abbott," he said.

"She also faced the most efficient, ruthless and effective backbencher in Rudd.

"(Rudd) would have known how difficult it was for anybody in a minority situation, and he took advantage of that to progress himself and destroy her.

"I think (Rudd) deserves everything he gets."

Mr Windsor said Ms Gillard faced two people demanding her destruction, "both the legitimate Opposition Leader and his assistant Kevin Rudd".

The farmer-turned-politician now expects to be a "backbencher" on his property, allowing his son to take on the lion's share of the farm work while he considers how best to harness his own passion for agriculture.

Despite repeated attempts to contact Mr Rudd, there was no response from the outgoing prime minister before deadline on Tuesday.

Topics:  editors picks federal election 2013 julia gillard kevin rudd tony windsor

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