Election 10

Kevin Rudd’s preferred PM rating in this morning’s Nielsen poll (the first since Tony Abbott won the Liberal Leadership) was down 9 points to 58 per cent. Expect the Government to ramp up the attacks on the top three Coalition finance guys, Mr Abbott, Joe Hockey and Barnaby Joyce. Although it will be interesting to see how far Lindsay Tanner can dial up his rhetoric, having already called the shadow finance minister a “freak show”. Who knows fresh terms of abuse he’s got up his rather long sleeve.

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  • tunneleye says:

    08:18am | 09/02/10

    Tunneleye wrote. The ETS Debate.  Has nobody got the GUTS to speak the truth? When I was 16 the World had 1/3 of its present population.  (SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH.) By all means in the mean-time cut emissions and plant trees.  However, there is only ONE true way to cut Pollution.… Read more »

  • Eno says:

    05:31pm | 08/02/10

    Your comment:What I don’t understand is why we get so many Liberal hacks that have not raised their heads above the parapet during QT until it appears they no longer have to shuffle though the files as there’s a motion on.. ‘cause the pre written argument for the day is… Read more »


I’m about to perform what politicians call a “policy shift” and the rest of us call a “backflip.” Here’s hoping I don’t pull a hamstring.

Kicking back at Kirribilli. Picture: Ella Pellegrini

In a fit of festive delirium on the 30th of December I wrote a piece about how great it is that politicians can take a decent holiday and the world doesn’t stop turning. (So searing was my analysis the comment thread turned into a debate about the size of Michelle Obama’s bottom.)

But while I still think everyone deserves a bit of a break at semi-regular intervals, I’m finding the deafening silence emanating from Kirribilli House - well - deafening.

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  • nora scott says:

    10:06am | 29/05/10

    i hope rudd goes missing for ever also never seen such a usless primister we have small business and every thing gone to stand still since labor been in no one has money to spend this show pony ripped all money out people and keep putting prices up never been… Read more »

  • nora scott says:

    02:31pm | 21/04/10

    i for one hope he goes missing for ever i have never seen such a agorant up himself show pony worse primister ever hope people are happy they put mungle there bet he gets in again people are so stupid he sweet talk them with his lies they beleive and… Read more »


If Kevin Rudd made a New Year’s resolution he could have done worse than vow in 2010 to only say something is his number one priority if indeed he really means it.

But to do so would throw a spanner in the works of the Labor spin machine, which remains obsessed with the 24-hour news cycle and opinion polls. A quick search reveals that Mr Rudd has nominated more than half a dozen issues as his supposed number one priority over the past two years and there are probably more. This tally does not include climate change which he of course described as “the great moral challenge of our generation”.

It would seem Mr Rudd’s top priority changes according to the issue of the day that is running in the media, or the audience he is addressing. It is an extremely cynical practice and the most absurd thing is he must think nobody notices.

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  • Jane the elder on a rainy day says:

    01:29pm | 13/02/10

    I’ve addressed part of the infrastructure furphy in another post (bear in mind that much of what you claim to be failings of the Howard government fall squarely at the feet of the State governments who squander billions on such things as WYD, New years Eve Fireworks and Breakfasts on… Read more »

  • Jane the elder says:

    01:18pm | 13/02/10

    Twaddle, absolute tripe.  It took 10 years to pay off the profligacy of the previous Government and try to make some sense of what had occurred in the adminstration in those years.  I was in Education Administration for the bulk of the 80’s and well into the 90’s.  The amount… Read more »


Sadly for consumers, Governments of all persuasions are often tempted to offer gimmicks rather than direct action in dealing with consumer issues.

What have you got in your cereal box Mr Rudd?

Direct action, of course, is hard work for Governments. To begin with, there is the inevitable noisy attack by powerful vested interest groups on any proposal for direct action.

Have a look at any recent proposal for direct action on consumer issues and you will find a very loud, but well organised, chorus of big end of town interests opposing the proposal. Indeed, when such proposals are put forward, the lobbyists are immediately despatched to Parliament House to “educate” the Government on the “dangers” of direct action.

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  • Carl Palmer says:

    09:14pm | 08/01/10

    Thanks Persephone enjoyed the exchange. I think we are singing from the same hymn book and seek the same outcome. Cheers Carl Read more »

  • persephone says:

    04:59pm | 08/01/10

    The question is whether it would reduce food prices. For a law to be effective, it must be enforced. This means that you need some kind of mechanism for not only tracking food prices but checking on them - no good rely on Woolies to tell you that they’re charging… Read more »


Google ‘Google’ and you break the Internet – or so the urban myth goes.  Google ‘emissions trading’ and ‘Liberal Party’ and you almost have the same effect. 

Illustration: Mark Knight

News articles, blogs, superseded media releases and the random night thoughts of IT addicted insomniacs await to take you on a virtual walk down memory lane – like one of those ‘best and worst of 2009’ montages we endured before New Years Eve.

But just as relying on fake emails to mount a political case has its pitfalls, Googling facts and peddling them as truth opens up more cracks in credibility than a last-day pitch at the SCG.

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    08:17am | 26/06/12

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If anyone is looking forward to the Christmas break it must be Kevin Rudd. The Prime Minister who created a narrative about his administration that it’s the can-do team on climate change has had the two biggest ticket items, the ETS and Copenhagen, all but fall over in less than a month.

Illustration: Peter MacMullin

While neither were strictly his doing (he was in the US when Tony Abbott nabbed the Liberal leadership and killed off a deal on the ETS), the Prime Minister had placed himself at the centre of both, no doubt confident a victory on either would be a huge political win.

He calls the outcome of the closing days in Copenhagen “frustrating”. I imagine that’s just the tip of the melting iceberg for how he really feels. And now Mr Rudd needs to work out how to take an issue that until six weeks ago was a political bonus for him and stop it turning into a political nightmare. And he’d better do it quickly.

Tony Abbott wasted no time yesterday framing the debate from here on. He told Sunday Agenda: “Look, I suppose good intentions are better than nothing, but Mr Rudd has failed his own test. He said a couple of years ago that what we needed to get were real targets against real timelines.  He said, real progress means real targets against real timelines, and certainly by that standard it’s been a comprehensive failure.”

It was the words “his own test” that rammed home the point. At Copenhagen Kevin Rudd went from “friend of the chair” to the guy waiting outside the room when the three-page non-binding “meaningful” agreement was struck.

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  • Niki says:

    12:55pm | 05/02/10

    Joe , I , for one am glad Malcolm Turnbull has gone as Leader . He was just an extension of Kevin Rudd anyway . He sat in the Opposing seat not to give Opposition to the Government but to help the Rudd Government whilst breaking down the Coalition Party… Read more »

  • Joe says:

    10:44pm | 28/12/09

    Sorry about the spelling mistake Shaun. I notice that you have one in your first sentence, does that make us even? But lets not quibble over trivia. I have been a Labor voter all my life but I find that the direction the party is taking us is a long… Read more »


This month the NSW Nationals decided to trial a new system that would allow the general public and not just party members to select its parliamentary candidates.

Tamworth could soon be famous for more than boot scootin'

The system, termed community pre-selections, will be trialled on 31 July next year in the northern NSW seat of Tamworth, now held by independent Peter Draper.

The Nats say it is about getting rid of the disconnect between the people who decide the candidate – often a handful of men – and the people who decide who becomes the Member of Parliament.

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  • Jamers Hunter says:

    11:57am | 20/12/09

    Rt how can you say there is no benefit in the proposal? It has not been tried. Anytrhing that eliminates the selection of party hacks has to be benificial look at the mess party hacks,from all parties, have got us into. Mind you some people of arrested intellectual developoment cant… Read more »

  • AJ says:

    09:59pm | 18/12/09

    Bloody hell Darren… what has Windsor done for his electorate? What got him in federally was the stuff up with Stuart St Clair. Read a bit of history mate. Oakshott is even worse…. getting elected as a Nat and then turning independent. What does that say about a person. The… Read more »


LOVERS of test cricket know the best thing about the five day game is its potential to ebb and flow. One team can look to be winning but then the character of the match changes - sometimes dramatically and other times in a cumulative, almost imperceptible way.

The importance of small things - a dropped catch for example - becomes obvious only in hindsight. Politics can be strikingly similar in this regard. In this longest of games, there is a general assumption that Kevin Rudd is a shoe-in at the next election.

Polls confirm this on a fortnightly basis and it would be a brave correspondent who predicted otherwise. But equally, the result cannot simply be assumed.

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  • DaS Energy says:

    04:02am | 15/12/09

    Barnaby could be right on one score QLD debt. Asset sale for debt rebemption where convined on sale of Corporation may fail should attested shareholders decide to retain as opposed to sell. The cosy relationship QLD Government had in Corporatising gave ownwership of shareholding to the Citizen, with only the… Read more »

  • Wayne Chapman says:

    10:24pm | 13/12/09

    Perhaps now that many of the above posters have written off the Oposition you will have the time to look a little bit more closely at what Rudderless and his team are getting us into. The Global Neighborhood would be a good main to start with a side of climate… Read more »


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