Campaign countdown: praying for salvation
Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott last night called on divine intervention, in the form of the approval of a room full of Australia’s Christian leaders, brought together by the Australian Christian Lobby.
The devout Catholic and the slightly more pick-and-choose a church PM were both keen to display their credentials.
Rudd even managed to link the handling of the GFC to the wellbeing of parishes around the country, saying: “Imagine what would be happening in each of your parishes, in each of your church communities, if such a large slice of people, frankly, weren’t able to work and weren’t able to properly cater for their families.”
But according to Newspoll figures published in this morning’s Australian, the ALP is going to need more than prayer to save them from a marginal seat disaster come election time.
According to the Oz: “Kevin Rudd and Labor are being spurned in enough marginal seats in regional Queensland and Western Sydney to lose the election there alone.”
Flynn, Dawson and Longman in Queensland and Lindsay in NSW are set to fall with swings of between six and 12 per cent.
Those trouble makers at Newspoll also threw Julia Gillard into the mix, and found in Lindsay she’s preferred to Rudd.
The PM will be able to take some consolation from the recent Essential poll. Peter Lewis takes a close look at the numbers on that a couple of posts down the page from this one, and found the news for Rudd’s leadership is not all bad.
According to the SMH Kevin Rudd thinks he’s been so effective at managing the economy it’s turned out to be to his political detriment.
Yesterday the PM launched a new book, called “Shitstorm”, about the handling of the GFC. The SMH says:
While [Rudd} said it was up to others to judge, he chose to quote from the book by David Uren and the Herald’s Lenore Taylor, which asserts that the government had suffered politically because ‘‘we acted so quickly that many Australians today aren’t even aware of the threat we faced’‘.
That’s quite a lot of confidence in the face of this new ad from the Liberals, which also surfaced yesterday.
Today will be a subdued day in Parliament after the terrible news broke late yesterday about the death of three more Diggers in Afghanistan. Expect the atmosphere in Question Time to be somber.
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