Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit was a dud and those who participated have been taken for a ride by the Prime Minister. The Summit overwhelmingly endorsed what the majority of Australians have wanted for over a decade now, an Australian Head of State. But Mr Rudd cannot even commit himself to a modest and leisurely timetable for achieving this important constitutional and nation building reform. So much for the hype about the 2020 Summit being about thinking big and laterally about Australia.
Mr Rudd’s caution on the notion that Australians should be allowed to choose or elect their own Head of State requires explanation. Is it because he is at heart a constitutional monarchist, but too afraid to say so publicly because the ALP has a policy commitment to a republic? Or is he just gutless when it comes to delivering constitutional reform? One suspects the latter.