Economy

Sep 1, 2013

Rudd launch swings focus back to jobs and training

Kevin Rudd used Labor's campaign launch to get back to basics in a campaign that had lost its focus.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Kevin Rudd campaign launch

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has used Labor’s Brisbane campaign launch to swing the focus back to jobs, with a suite of election announcements on employment, training and, particularly, apprenticeship.

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  1. Richard Wagcock

    The sun is setting on the LabGreen empire only to give us John Howard Mk II who will win at least three elections and give Crikey something to really whine about. And the more they whine the more proof it will be that Abbott has governed well. Australian politics is about to go into cruise control for ten years. Is the next Labor PM even in the Parliament yet?

  2. Atalanta44

    @ Richard,

    Touch of wishful thinking there, mate. Abbott will be a one term PM and the Liberal PM that dashes the Lib’s prospects of re-election for the next 20 years.

  3. Suzanne Blake

    @ Richard Wagcock

    I agree. Labor may not even survive in its present form, after the Union investigations and changing workforce.

  4. Robyn Allcock

    Well I hope he is Richard because the Coalition has no idea what it intends to do – or even what it can do. We haven’t heard a whisper of consistency throughout their campaign, save the screeching of Murdoch’s attack dog.

  5. Hamis Hill

    Wall To Wall Liberals (Don’t you dare mention such a result, Bernard)is surely a recipe for excess.
    Beyond the imagination of the media apparently?
    Not part of the “Narrative”.
    I mean are journalists so innumerate that they cannot even count up the number of Liberal administrations in Australia?
    And then add an Abbott one?
    God help Australia when the agents of capital are nowhere balanced by the agents of labour.
    It will be low wages, low savings and high interest rates under Abbott, an economic idiot with no concept of balance.
    Will Australians be sucked into this maelstrom of media polling lies or will they balance state Liberal administrations with a federal Labor government?
    Wall to Wall Liberals? Don’t Take the Risk!

  6. bushby jane

    I haven’t really worked out what is wrong with long-term far-away thought bubbles, they are what creates progress like the Snowy River Hydro Scheme, Opera House, etc.
    We are all terrified of an Abbott govt.

  7. Sharkie

    Govern well? Whatever Richard Wagcock.
    Abbott says he will do what he’s promised. If that’s the case, we are looking at a government that is straight out barking mad. Here’s 10 absurd policies that Abbott promises to bring in.
    1. Buy back the boats. 750,000 boats. thousands of fishing villages, no Indonesia government approval and Indo fisherman lining up rubbing their hands with glee. Not even Hanson is loopy enough to suggest this garbage.
    2. PPS: Idiotic policy that punishes big business and cement structural deficits into budgets from now until a government has the balls to drop it.
    3. Direct Action: Absurd Corporate welfare that will be used for pork barrelling marginal electorates and payback Liberal Party donors. No accountability in terms of environmental outcomes.
    4. boarding merchant vessels at gunpoint to stop asylum seekers reaching Australia: Can you spell p-i-r-a-c-y?
    5. Cutting back instant right offs for small business. Friends of small business my backside.
    6. Heading off to Indonesia to lecture SBY on boats. Hello Tony, your going to walk away with nothing behaving that way.
    7. Rehashing Reaganomics in combination with Euro style Austerity measures. Economic madness. Pure and simple.
    8. 3rd rate broadband that relies on one private company to deliver it. “Hello Mr Abbott, welcome to Telstra HQ. Step into my office. We have a truly crappy deal for the Australian tax payer”.
    9. Endless spending on capital city roads with highly dubious economic benefits.
    10. Provide support for some of the most batsh$t crazy and just plain thick backbenchers and wannabe MPs in history. Y$es I’m talking about virtually every candidate wanting to win a seat of Labor for the Libs in Western Sydney.
    It’s just not the stuff Abbott isn’t telling the voters. the dog’s breakfast he has promised is frightening enough.

  8. smallvox

    The best of Abbott’s policies are the ones he has taken from Labor: schools, NDIS, NBN. You know, the big vision things. The worst policies are all his own work: PPL, leaky boat buyback, Operation Desert Storm at Sea (or whatever).
    If we must endure an Abbott Prime Ministership, at least we we can be fairly confident he will have the shortest honeymoon period on record. Already people are holding their noses at the thought of voting for him.

  9. Scott

    Don’t despair people.. The Abbott government will neither be as bad or as good as you believe. Like every other government before it, it will have moments of brilliance and episodes of incompetence.

  10. mattsui

    Furniture saved, job done.
    Will Rudd have the patience to sit on the opposition benches? Or will he gotta zip (along with, one presumes, a large number of former cabinet ministers)?

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