- Who offers better leadership: “A government 70 per cent of whose members are former trade union officials” or a government with a leader “70 per cent of” whose Cabinet “didn’t want him to be prime minister”?
- Is Kevin Rudd’s favourite son status in Queensland – where Labor has just six of the 28 seats – really only delivering the small dividend the Galaxy poll suggests?
- Who is the weakest link at the top end of the opposition front bench: Julia Gillard or Peter Garrett?
- Are dirt campaigns in the eye of the beholder? Is crying “dirt campaign” a good way of trying to wrong foot your opponents?
- The Prime Minister has challenged Kevin Rudd to a debate in the Great Hall of Parliament House next week. Why should the leaders set the terms of the campaign debates? Why can’t we follow the lead of the US where the Washington press corps has an independent body that administers the candidate debates ?
- Was the Prime Minister’s comment as he announced the campaign “Love me or loathe me, the Australian people know where I stand on all the major issues of importance to their future,” a pretty remarkable admission about his popularity?
Campaign talking points
The questions du jour: Is crying “dirt campaign” a good way of trying to wrong foot your opponents? Who is the weakest link at the top end of the opposition front bench: Julia Gillard or Peter Garrett?