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Kevin Rudd has been our Prime Minister for almost 2 years now. What… 
17th-Jun-2009 02:52 am
Kevin Rudd has been our Prime Minister for almost 2 years now.

What do we think of his and his party's progress so far?
17th-Jun-2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Not a lot. Obviously he's got a rough stretch to preside over, and one has to wonder what his nation building would be like if he had the same kind of mining windfalls that Mr Howard enjoyed (and squandered). But the fact remains that he hasn't lived up to his promise, not by a long shot. With issues such as his partial return to the Pacific Solution and his big 5% carbon goal, he's lost a lot of the good faith he gained by not being John Howard.
17th-Jun-2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Mostly harmless?
7th-Feb-2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
hahahahaha. this.
17th-Jun-2009 07:29 am (UTC)
They may not be perfect - politics is an endless game of compromises and pragmatics - but I reckon they're doing pretty damn well - in challenging circumstances. Our economy is not the cot case that the US and UK are experiencing (never mind Japan or Ireland) - and we're making progress on social issues and climate change (not quickly enough on the latter I'll admit!)

I'd give them a good 8.5 out of 10...

17th-Jun-2009 07:56 am (UTC)
Pretty well with the economic dramas, pretty terribly with moral crusading (net filters, stepping into stoushes about bad taste TV, alcopop taxes, etc. etc).

Also, I was seriously pissed about the sneaky removal of the major criteria used by students to gain independent Youth Allowance in the last budget (earning $X within 18 months after leaving school). That was a low blow.
17th-Jun-2009 09:34 am (UTC)
I agree with the previous comment - mostly harmless

Keeping the status quo 2 years ago was not an option, however, there is very little that's significantly positive about the Rudd government's achievements and a lot of significant negatives (yes, I'm looking at you Senator Conroy).

I'd love to vote this lot out and replace them with The Greens, but failing that, the Liberals are equally mostly harmless, and at least they don't have Senator Conroy on their side.
18th-Jun-2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Unhappy about the clean feed, the constant pandering to the coal industry, the scrapping of gap year independence qualifications.

Am happy with gay de facto relationships being recognised by Centrelink, scrapping the Pacific Solution, the Apology (but am unhappy with the continuing of the Intervention and the lack of effort to help Indigenous communities stand on their own two feet).

I think what's really holding the ALP back at the moment is the panic that they'll lose the next election. They don't want to reform things too quickly because Australians are too conservative, or something. There are things we can't really wait on, though, like global warming.

I'd like to see Fielding lose his seat to Richard Di Natale (Vic Greens). That way Rudd doesn't have to suck up to Fielding to get bills through and we don't have any balance of power Senators who believe that it's something other than emissions which is causing climate change. Fielding's basically an idiot who will vote against the alcopops bill and claim that he's just broken the back of the liquor industry. The man has to go.
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