The evidence is in:

Jenny Macklin at the Press Club yesterday on indigenous welfare:

Inevitably there will be difficult decisions but all these decisions will be driven by one single criterion — evidence. This is the Government’s obsession and we make no excuses for it. It is my abiding fixation and I readily acknowledge it. All our policy decision-making will be based on a thorough, forensic analysis of all the facts and all the evidence.

Kevin Rudd at his press conference with Helen Clark yesterday, on binge drinking:

I think we have got a real problem in this country when it comes to binge drinking. You know, I don’t have a lot of science to back it up, but let me tell you, as I roll around the country, if Mums and Dads are raising this with me in the supermarkets of the nation, on a regular basis, my ears prick up and say, ‘there’s a problem’.

Peter Fray

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