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Feb 13, 2013

Could Rudd get a rematch with the miners? The radical ALP play

Kevin Rudd is crowing his mining tax would have collected more revenue. But could he try again -- and save Labor in the process? David Llewellyn-Smith at MacroBusiness tests the play.

There is in Australian sport the phenomenon known as the “square-up”. It transpires when an umpire or referee makes a bad call favouring one team and then follows up with an equally poor decision the other way to even the ledger. Everyone acknowledges the moral correctness of the second wrong call.

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  1. zut alors

    The lesson to Rudd from 2010 was to stick to his resolve – no backdowns due to suss polls. One thing the Oz electorate respects is a strong leader who appears confident in their convictions.

    Another $20M campaign by the miners would be unlikely to sway the audience this time. There’s now plenty ammunition to fire back in the debate – including charming footage of one of the biggest miners mentioning being competitive with wages of $2 per day. What was she inferring…?

  2. Dogs breakfast

    I can’t stand Rudd, but I would have him back if he put through a mining tax that actually worked. There has to be political room for this to work, blimey, multi-billion dollar multi-nationals would normally evince scorn from the Australian public if they cried poor. What has happened to us?

    But my money says that Rudd can’t sell it, because Rudd’s problem the first time, as zut points out, was his lack of resolve when it came to a fight, from within or without.

    I don’t think he has the cojones. I think he prefers the “wounded poor little victim” who could have, would have, saved the world, if only people had been nice to him.

  3. tinman_au

    I think two thing need to happen for it to be a legitimate “square up”.

    The ALP actually has to be the ones to ask Kevin back, and Julia needs to be the fall person.

    I also think he’d do very well in cleaning up the ALP’s image issues by getting stuck in to the factions/NSW side of things…

  4. Sabre Bleu

    The Easter Putsch cometh.
    “Hi, my name is Kevin and I am here to save you”.

  5. Hamis Hill

    Bwahahaha! You can’t be serious!

  6. CML

    I think everyone should be very serious about this.
    Otherwise we are about to witness the destruction of the Labor Party. Wake up! all you Gillard fans. Whatever she is on, its not working!!

  7. Savonrepus

    Politics seriously is a lot more predictable despite the number of hearts in denial. Gillard is a failure and failure breeds failure like a tax that fails to raise any tax. It is just natural that a successful person like K Rudd is going to distance himself from all that. Labor is so lucky to have one shining light still lit to lead it out of the gloom.

  8. Savonrepus

    Politics seriously is a lot more predictable despite the number of hearts in denial. Gillard is a failure and failure breeds failure like a tax that fails to raise any tax. It is just natural that a successful person like K Rudd is going to distance himself from all that. That is just instinct. K Rudd had a mining tax that was going to raise some tax yet he was rolled to be replaced by this debacle which has miss out on collecting so much revenue for the people when mining was at its peak. Labor is so lucky to have one shining light still lit to lead it out of its gloom.

  9. GF50

    More MSM beat up to a perceived problem of their confection. Script writing and and casting for the LNP.

  10. gapot

    Julia did a deal with the big 3 miners and got the top job as a result. A very expensive PM.

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