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The Forum > Article Comments > Little love for Abbott, but voters have stopped listening to Rudd > Comments

Little love for Abbott, but voters have stopped listening to Rudd : Comments

By Graham Young, published 17/5/2010

Itís a good thing for Labor that elections are rarely fought on budgets: our online polling says key voters have switched off Labor.

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Turnbull and Hockey are rated ahead of Abbott? Pshaw!
Posted by KenH, Monday, 17 May 2010 12:04:32 PM
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Most interesting and I would agree that Rudd will have to fight hard to win the next election. He has done a number of volte faces in the last six months and not getting the ETS through was a killer.

Rudd will run on economic management during the GFC. They made the right call by throwing money at it but people have short memories. It's also not something that the electorate will construct as a 'positive'. It was a major negative averted.

Go back to Rudd's election night speech. It was the most boring in 50 years. One might think that he's be safe being boring and conservative but as we draw close to one full term of ALP government, the spin doctors and machine men know he hasn't done nearly enough.
Posted by Cheryl, Monday, 17 May 2010 1:07:45 PM
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There is on doubt that there has been some disquiet of late. However, the comment regarding elections not being based on budgets is interesting because the great majority think that the budget has merit, as it actually does have value for the average taxpayer.
Rudd's greatest problem has been Rudd. His inability to be clear on policies and objectives. As such, he appears to be starting many projects but finishing few. Not controlling the Senate also is a sad inheritance and has ruined the government's legislative plans.
He should be judged well in the effort given to shielding the country from the financial worries in which Australia was the envy of the world. Don't dismiss that too lightly. However, this has put him a poor light as other priorities has to be voted down to concentrate on those things that buffered us from economic collapse.
So he was between a rock and a hard place. Damned if he did save us and damned if he had done nothing, the opposition's suggestion.
Interesting how a Fairfax associated organisation can not see the merits of what has been done. It is common knowledge that Murdoch and his cabal of Zionist writers and supporters have Labor squarely in their sights as they did with Labor in the UK. It suits their long term World Order and their local effort will warm up soon and leave no one in any doubt as to their intentions. Sheridan from The Australian is probably already honing up his re-write skills to handle Murdoch's own writings on the subject.
But even Murdoch with his jaundiced influence cannot make a silk purse out of a sour's ear; can't make a credible PM out of Abbott. Can't be done I'mm afraid unless we plan to be the laughing stock of the world. No less likely a person exists for that role. Ambassador to Rome, yes. PM, hardly. Let's see them waste their efforts on making Abbott credible. Not even the tooth fairy could do that.
Posted by rexw, Monday, 17 May 2010 1:38:04 PM
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What the KRuddster has going for him is the simple fact that Australians rarely kick out a first term PM. The last time it happened was in the early 1930s and then it took the Great Depression.

So my money is still on the KRuddster to win at least one more time.

Of course what he really has his eyes on is a high-ranking UN job. Maybe even Secretary-General. But I doubt he'll get it.
Posted by stevenlmeyer, Monday, 17 May 2010 2:01:40 PM
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*He should be judged well in the effort given to shielding the country from the financial worries in which Australia was the envy of the world. Don't dismiss that too lightly.*

Hang on, that credit goes to Costello, for setting it all up.
They had to do nothing, just go with what was there on a plate.

If anyone has made Australia a laughing stock, its Rudd/Swan
with their new mining super tax. Its smacks of third world/banana
republic politics, not first world politics.
Posted by Yabby, Monday, 17 May 2010 2:05:23 PM
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"Of course what he really has his eyes on is a high-ranking UN job. Maybe even Secretary-General. But I doubt he'll get it."

I reckon you might be wrong there steven. Rudd has already created a path towards a high ranking job by handing out jobs to Peter Costello, Tim Fischer, Kim Beazley and Brendan Nelson.

Even if the Opposition wins and he is ousted (highly unlikely) I reckon there will be a job in the wings.

You can hear the rhetoric now, "umm..aaarr.. well you know these positions are based on merit and Mr Rudd has contributed much to Australia and ..." blah blah.
Posted by pelican, Monday, 17 May 2010 2:11:13 PM
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