Whatever you do don’t call it a Julia Gillard version of Kevin Rudd’s 20/20 summit, but the one-day event to be launched by a Brisbane dinner tonight looks very much like it.
With just 19 days to go to Tony Abbott’s economic era of the python and the wrecking ball - known elsewhere as the start of carbon pricing - Prime Minister Gillard is gathering some of the best and brightest in one place.
The official objective of the Prime Minister’s Economic Forum, which starts tomorrow after the launch tonight, is to tap the creative talent of business and government for advice on exploiting the Asian century, the epoch which with greater honesty would be called the Chinese Century.
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If things are looking good for 2010, just think about where we will be by 2020 in Kevin Rudd’s Australia.
In 2020, I will be 31 and the Prime Minister will be exactly double that.
Rudd will be at his peak having surpassed John Howard as the second longest serving PM only a few months beforehand. A good consolation prize, after his failed bid for the UN Secretary Generalship in 2016.
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