This weekend sees a major battle for the Leadership of the "Opposition" Party in Australian Politics.
These are reprints of "comments" that have made elsewhere so far.
"Gidday WB. Luv yer Logo. Have to admit that Rudd will give Howard's "attack dogs" much more material to work on than the threadbare "brown cardigan" of Beazley, but that will be a benefit for the punters .. hopefully the Soap bubbles of Labor policy might coalesce into something solid. "
" I don’t really follow politics in any “indepth” way, and generally get my info and impressions from the mainstream media, so this is only a 1.1 cent contribution.
Up until now, have never voted Labor (nor Liberal, if it comes to that, but that’s a different story.) Am, however, becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the direction Howard and his team of sycophants are taking Australia. While I generally agree that the “wisest” option for Labor would be to let the brown cardigan-and-slippers team of Beasley and Macklin amble up to the next election, be defeated, THEN do a massive re-shuffle of personel .. Rudd does have a point.
By 2010 the “new” IR system will be entrenched, and difficult to dismantle. I don’t know enough about IR and “econonomic effects” to comment much, but get the feeling that the full effects will take some time to become widely apparent. The “rich get rich and the poor get shafted” American style philosophy was not (never has been) part of my philosophy, and would like to see it diffused.
OK, so Rudd comes across as a bituva dork. He is, however, intelligent and articulate. (and when was the last time a PM could converse in Mandarin?)
Labor can’t do any worse than they are now.
cunning, pragmatic and ruthless? Sounds like the current PM. With Gillard along to give Rudd some breadth of imagination and balance, I say go for it. "
Personally, have never voted for the Labor Party in a fit BUT, depending on whether Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard win the battle, THEN rise to the occasion of Leadership (which i think they can) .. would seriously consider changing a vote.
Update: Monday Dec 4. It's now official, Kevin Rudd is now the leader of the Australian Labor Party. 49 votes to 39.