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11th-Dec-2007 09:07 am
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During the election, Kevin Rudd made himself out to be a crusader against climate change. He promised to immediately sign on to the Kyoto protocol. He's had his snout in the trough for a fortnight and what do we get? Dicking about. Sure he committed to the protocol, but he's now doing everything in his power to resist further steps which would involve Australia actually doing something about it. I know he's not Bob Brown, but come on!

This may change, he still has time to come through with the goods, after Ross Garnaut submits his report. But is Mr Rudd really going to end up any different to the old boss? Doesn't seem likely.
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10th-Dec-2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
"But is Mr Rudd really going to end up any different to the old boss? Doesn't seem likely."

Well...except for that whole Pacific Solution thing being ended and detention centres in the middle of bat squeeze closed down.

A good sign to me.

As for Kyoto...well at least he's at the table. Reserving judgment till it all comes out in the wash would be prudent i think.
11th-Dec-2007 12:57 am (UTC)
This may change, he still has time to come through with the goods, after Ross Garnaut submits his report.

I don't doubt that he will. Rudd has been stated many, MANY times - as early as the debate, and probably earlier - that he won't commit to a SPECIFIC short-term target without the raw facts and recommendations.

There's been no subterfuge here - anyone who's actually bothered to read past the headlines and the media spin would see that Rudd's been saying he isn't setting targets until that report for MONTHS.
11th-Dec-2007 04:24 am (UTC)
They've been in power for two weeks, only been in their offices for one week and there's still a lot of settling in to do. Cut them some slack.

This is also not the only issue they have to deal with, and not one of the most important.
11th-Dec-2007 05:51 am (UTC)
One word: Patience! Things don't happen overnight and certainly not quickly in politics no matter what it is, or so it seems. Don't go bagging the guy when he's only been in office a couple of weeks, he's already taken more action on climate change than John Howard did in 11 1/2 years in office.
12th-Dec-2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
I have always thought that Kevin Rudd was all talk and no action on important matters. I'm not surprised that he used climate change as his personal crusade throughout the election only to become less interested in the matter after he was elected. I just hope he doesn't do that with Industrial relations.
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