May 12, 2008

Budget leaks aplenty as Swan opens floodgates

As if mortified by press complaints that there had been minimal leaking of Budget news, the Government let pretty much everyone have a scoop, writes Bernard Keane.

The floodgates opened on the weekend. As if mortified by press complaints that there had been minimal leaking of Budget news, the Government let pretty much everyone have a scoop. And Wayne Swan was everywhere, too, complete with family photos and casual attire as he put the inevitable finishing touches on the Budget.

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  1. dennis

    I believe Bernard you have answered your own question. Rudd will keep Swan where he is for some time.
    Swan is no threat to the PM, obviously does as he is told, doubtful he has leadership ambitions and will be happy to toe the line. If there is a threat in the future, the future being second term, I have no doubt it will come from the Gillard camp. Also in 3 years some of the new talent will have sniffed the smell of promotion, while Mr Rudd has carefully chosen his Ministers and Parliamentary Secretarys, as is the want in Politics, sides will be chosen, partnerships formed, loyalties lost and gained. Its early days for this Government and barring unforseen accidents, the PM should negotiate the first term without too much pain. The second 3 years in power, should it come to pass, with nothing in the Oppositions performance suggesting otherwise, will I imagine see the emergence of another would be leader. How Mr Rudd survives will very much depend on how his troops have survived.

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