Is this a campaign changing moment? Time will tell.
Kevin Rudd breaks his conspicuous silence last night, speaking to
Phillip Adams on Late Night Live:
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Wonderful interview. Labor needs you back as Leader Kevin. I was horrified as
were many many others by the cruelty shown by Gillard and the 'faceless men' who
need to be named. I do know two of them and if they were in my electorate, they
would not get my vote. I am not as understanding as you Kevin. After the 2007
election I was delighted to be rid of Howard. I believed you were working
towards the future - not just to the next election, - what happened, you
obviously upset the faceless men and so you had to go. Good luck Kevin and may
the Labor party realise their mistake and get you back.Kate
Posted by: Kate | Aug 05, 2010 at 09:30 AM
Emma Rogers did not publish my comment on my suggestion:
"The Governor General has to postpone the Federal Election 2010"
Neither of the two main political parties of English Speaking background do
not represent the majority of the Australian No-English-Speaking background
The main Australian News Media owners walking hand in hand like
brother's in crime with the Poll operators. Any Australian citizen shall not
accept a PM chosen and appointed by the Australian political biased
If the Labor Party is described as a communist party by the Coalition
the Liberal Party would be a Fascist Party of Australia.The election need to
be postponed urgently until all frustrated Australians get a chance to consider
the real and current Australian population
Posted by: Ture
Sjolander | Aug 05, 2010 at 10:20 AM
Wonderful stuff Kevin, you had me in tears. Looks like a deal then? Foreign
Minister? I wonder if Stephen Smith has been consulted about this? You know what
they say in the military, never be away from base when the rotten postings come
in. I'm not so sure about the lady in Kev's story about being terrified about
Workchoices coming back (I thought that was a dead cat) but I do know about a
real old lady up the road that was genuinely petrified when, thanks to Kev and
Julia, her house caught fire.
Posted by: John | Aug 05, 2010 at 10:28 AM
......."I do know about a real old lady up the road that was genuinely
petrified when, thanks to Kev and Julia, her house caught fire........"
A most un-worthy and unfair comment John.........you know perfectly well that
the Govt. provided the stimulus funding for the insulation
programme..........they did not install the batts. They quite reasonably left
that to the insulation businesses who (in some cases).........did a shonky
Your comment suggests that any injuries, fatalities and/or damage that occurs
in any Govt funded project are caused by the politicians who introduce the
Get a hold of yourself and just take a minute to consider the ramifications
of your silly comment..............
Posted by: Mark from Adelaide | Aug 05, 2010 at 10:46 AM
Campaign changing moment? In part I hope it is. Here is a desperate man
(quite like Gillard at the moment) who has one purpose, to remain in a position
of power to some degree. His UN job has not come to fruition (a part time role
on a panel is nothing to gloat about) and he would not want to be a backbencher
in a Labor opposition, hence he has to tow the company line (or has been
pressured too) to get a ministorial role. It just shows the misplaced ego of the
man and the Labor party - to suggest Abbott would be PM as default not only is
one of the most arrogant things I have heard in this election but also
disrespectful to the voting public. He is still continuing the condescending,
bullying language that has alienated his party and anyone with a soul. Wake up
and smell the coffee Kevin, you ran an incompetent and flawed government, please
disappear and do harm elsewhere.
Posted by: Gilly | Aug 05, 2010 at 10:50 AM
Ban rugby (so called "Footy" among the inbred) in Australian
politics! It is "revolting" if anything is.Federal Election is not a
Tour de France.
Cancel the election until new candidates will be born. Australia need
a new generation of cultivated human beings.
Posted by: newstime2010 Ture Sjolander | Aug 05,
2010 at 10:50 AM
Why are the current crop of ABC journalists not asking the hard questions ?On
both sides of the political debate. for example, How much will it cost to fix
the "Pink Bats" fiasco, What is the total cost of the BER campaign allocated to
the NSW State Government Education Department for overpriced and inadequate
school buildings. Why are $50.00 cheques turning up in peoples accounts in
exchange for unrequested Claims for climate assessments. How can a government
pilfer $300 Million from Medibank Private' s contingency fund, this is surely
how our our state governments have ambushed government instrumentalities in
their respective states. If they cannot ask the investigative questions then
bring back the kids who questioned the then PM at old parliament
Posted by: Gerard Francis Stapleton | Aug 05, 2010 at
I am sick of the federal government being blamed for the house fires and
deaths related to the pink bats program. The employers had a duty to properly
train their staff on how to safely install the insulation and to make their
employees aware of the hazards of working in a confined space with electrical
wires. Tye goverment can't be everywhere saving us from ourselves.
When I started work as an engineering trainee 45 years ago the first training
we received was in safe work practises. It was the same with every company I
worked during my career, in Australia and many overseas countries. Everyone
knows you don't take risks working around electricity. Since we were childeren
our parents warned us repeatedly of the dangers associated with electricity. I
can not believe anyone of employable age would need to be told its dangerous to
work around electrical wires and to fail take due care.
Unfortunately we live in a Nanny State and expect our governments to provide
perfect systems that will keep us safe from ourselves.
Our best protection is to exercise common sense and to take responsibility
for our actions. Sadly common sense seems to be in short supply these
Posted by: Lyle McLean CPEng FIEAust | Aug 05, 2010 at
Why do we only have comments that mention other people who have problems
with the insulation? I would like to hear from people who were worried enough to
get the insulation checked. I would like to hear from people who are so scared
that they had the insulation removed. How many took the time to inspect their
ceilings. Innuendo and second hand stories mean little. I believe most of the
1.3 million have no worries about the insulation in their roofs. We signed
contacts to have the work done. Surely, most took the time to check whether the
company they contacted with was safe. The installers are to blame for unsafe
work practices and dangerous installation. The government quickly took steps to
regulate the unregulated industry when it became aware of the lack of safety.
Fires and deaths have occurred since the industry began over fifty years ago. .
I personally would like to see investigation in the electricity standards in our
homes. Most incidents appear to involve faulty and dangerous electricity
standards in the homes.
Posted by: fehowarth | Aug 05, 2010 at 12:52 PM
you make a very good point Mr Ms Mrs Miss or just plain fehowarth
i'll be checking my 30 years old house electrical safety in full
Posted by: flicker | Aug 05, 2010 at 01:28 PM
BREAKING NEWS:............I've just been watching/listening to a REAL debate
Tony Burke (Minister for Sustainable Population) and Scott Morrison (Shadow
Spokesman on Immigration) went head to head and laid out their respective party
Give me more.............PLEASE!!
Posted by: Mark from Adelaide | Aug 05, 2010 at 01:48 PM
Ture Sjolander, what ARE you talking about? "the majority of the Australian
No-English-Speaking background citizens" Who are you to decide there is a single
Perhaps you should go back to Scandinavia, and try out your thoughts there?
Where is the party for english-speaking peoples in Sweden or Norway or Denmark?
What? There isn't one? What a surprise...
Posted by: Elise | Aug 05, 2010 at 02:04 PM
Gerard because you asked for hard questions for both sides of politics here
are a few more examples:What productivity/competitive loss do you expect
from abondoning the NBN? How will you pay for the Parental Leave Scheme?
Without the proposed increase to superannuation what plans does the
coalition have to fund the pension requirements of an aging Australia?
Posted by: Simon | Aug 05, 2010 at 02:10 PM
Elise! That's right!There isn't one in Sweden either!Sweden
have the same kinda Democratic Monarchy Fascism as in Australia.
Maybe I will be deported from Australia if I don't make a name change
and take a British name or reject to watch "Footy" on TV?You can call me
Mark if you like!"I'm Australia, not just an Australian citizen" - Ture
SjölanderI have chosen to live here in Australia, not just born here by an
Posted by: Ture Sjolander | Aug 05, 2010 at
"I'm Australia, not just an Australian citizen" - Ture Sjolander
Now there is an expansive statement! You are Australia?!!!
And not by accident? Which means what, exactly? More right to judge,
Posted by: Elise | Aug 05, 2010 at 03:50 PM
Not all the men were faceless....Mr Lightweight, Wayne Swan took centre
stage, prancing about with Julia before and after the 'coup'.
How somebody can be shoulder to shoulder with their mate and boss, duking it
out one day and then jump the fence the next is beyond me...no ticker and not
fit for any kind of office.
No doubt though Mr Karma will pay him a visit sometime.
Posted by: Otwen | Aug 05, 2010 at 03:58 PM
Kevin Rudd's interview was forgiving and gracious, but also focussed on much
LARGER policy issues rather than petty party politics. Courageous response, and
wiser than Whitlam after his defeat.
I reckon that larger vision is why Rudd was elected in 2007, and that is why
he had stratospheric approval ratings for so long. When he abandoned one of his
core policies for the sake of political expediency, on the advice of lesser
beings, the ratings nose-dived. It has not improved for Julia who has continued
the political expediency.
It would appear that the electorate prefers leaders with vision and
It is easy to imagine that Rudd's broader visionary outlook would not mesh
well with the union heavies in the back rooms of the ALP. Julia and Wayne may
get on better with the backroom heavies, and provide a polished public face for
them, but will they may be remembered by history in the same way?
Rudd managed to keep us from noticing the background static for almost 3
years. Perhaps what the knifing has done, is remind us about the years of ALP
in-fighting and factionalism, which is what kept them in opposition for so
Posted by: Elise | Aug 05, 2010 at 04:37 PM
I tip my hat to Mr Adams. Last night's interview was surely one of the 10
biggest stories to hit the media this year, and Mr Adams refrained from any
promotion whatsoever of this event.
Posted by: Paul Dixon |
The People alone constitute a nation, even if it only was a shopping
center with an airport, like Singapore.
That little "perhaps", is cute.
Posted by: Ture Sjolander | Aug 05,
2010 at 06:06 PM
KRudd is back. Oh no, more convoluted language and boring overly long
speeches. I can already hear people falling off their chairs. Obviously, Labor
put in a quick call to Paul House and Mark Arbib to check it was OK with them if
Rudd was rolled out as heavy artillery in support of the GillRudd team.
Just an idea, could you have spared us all from this unduly hasty election by
Rudd and Gillard discussing their differences in a normal civilised manner and
had an election later in the year? It would have spoilt Laurie Oakes scoops but
I am sure it would have been a far better way to handle things.
Elise, enjoy your blogging with Ture Sjolander. Now share your toys and no
Posted by: Sweeney | Aug 05, 2010 at 07:24 PM
Everybody could have known that this was the deal between Rudd and
Gillard that very day. I did know, and documented it on the Internet 24 June. He
was not "ousted" or anything like that. His gall problems was widely known a
year ago. It did not get better after all the aggression from Abbott so he
needed a break and consequently a surgery. I said publicly (published same date)
that he shall be back. Here he is! Wherever you go, there you
Time shall tell if it is good or bad.
What do you think?Well....um...not that
Posted by: Ture Sjolander | Aug 05, 2010 at