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Rudd A 'Megalomaniac': Garrett

"Peter Garrett is trying to sell a book."

That's the response from Kevin Rudd in the wake of Mr Garrett's tough criticism of the former Labor prime minster.

"If Mr Garrett were serious about these accusations he would have made them five years ago. Not try to rewrite history now," a spokesman for Mr Rudd's office said on Monday.

In his biography Big Blue Sky, to be released on Wednesday, Mr Garrett accuses Mr Rudd of delivering a "trail of destruction and abandoned policy" and jeopardising the "safety" of Australia while in office.

"I'm not the only one to think it either," he told the Seven Network's Sunday Night program.

It's not the former Midnight Oil frontman's only criticism of Mr Rudd, who demoted him as environment minister after the government's failed pink batts scheme.

"I've been particularly strong in this book about leadership and Rudd's leadership and I think it needed to be said," Mr Garrett told the program.

"Rudd wasn't someone who was easy to work with in that way, and his vanity and his exercise of power as prime minister was contrary ultimately, to me, to what good leadership is."

Mr Garrett also addressed his changing story about an envelope of cash given to him by poker machine interests, saying it was actually a cheque that he returned.

He denies the money was a bribe. "I've never said it was and I'm not saying it under any pressure," he said.

He also believes supporting Mr Rudd, who first took the prime minister's post in 2007 before being ousted by Julia Gillard in 2010, was the worst mistake of his political career.

"I've been particularly strong in this book about leadership and Rudd's leadership and I think it needed to be said," Mr Garrett told Seven Network's Sunday Night program.

"Rudd wasn't someone who was easy to work with in that way, and his vanity and his exercise of power as prime minister was contrary ultimately, to me, to what good leadership is."

Mr Rudd returned as prime minister in 2013, after the party dumped Ms Gillard.

Labor lost government to Tony Abbott's coalition in September that year.

Mr Garrett was environment minister during Mr Rudd's first years as leaders.

AAP

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