Campaign countdown, now with more balderdash
While the Greens are busy measuring the office furniture and haggling over ministries in a future Abbott-Brown Government of National Unity, Kevin Rudd has been giving his saucebottle a fair old shake again and reintroducing some archaic, hokey slang into the vernacular.
The words for the day were “balderdash” and “bunkum”, used by Rudd at a (rare) Canberra gallery press conference to describe the mining industry’s claims about the Resources Super Profits Tax. And while it might be the kind of stuff you normally hear from Nanna, it made a refreshing change from the PM’s recent acronym-dependent attacks on the miners, such as his evocative claim last week that working families didn’t believe what the MCA was saying about the RSPT.
As Paul Kelly writes today Kevin Rudd has clearly decided that he must muscle up against the miners, whatever backlash he is currently facing over the shameless backflip on the $38m government advertising to promote the benefits of the tax.
The Age’s political doyen Michelle Grattan nicely took aim at Rudd’s dissembling on the advertising issue when fielding questions on his policy reversal.
At his news conference he was dogged by what became a non-core promise - to stop the outrageous rort of government advertising for political campaigns - that ‘‘cancer on democracy’‘, as he called it in 2007. Would he be more circumspect with his undertakings now? ‘‘Look, I try to be as absolutely … passionate as I can about what I believe to be a real cancer … which was just the sheer volume of that stuff at the time’‘.
As for now, what’s a mere $38 million between friends?
If the journos weren’t getting into him his own MPs were, not over the mining tax but the inroads the Libs were making by politicising the asylum seeker question. With so much misinformation being spread via bogus emails and talkback, South Australian backbencher and occasional Punch contributor Nick Champion politely suggested the PM needed to stop playing the issue with a straight bat, and to come out and hit back. The SMH’s Phil Coorey gives a good account of the meeting here.
And even though he won full marks for energy, Tony Abbott probably did neither the Libs nor Labor any favours moving two unruly censure motions yesterday, which were obviously voted down on party lines.
Watching Question Time - or what was actually telecast due to the delays caused by the Abbott motions - you almost wished that you’d been swallowed up by that extraordinary Guatemalan sinkhole. But again, Bob “17 per cent” Brown would have enjoyed it. He actually sounded like a politician yesterday, at one point he almost said the only poll that matters is the one on polling day.
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