Sep 3, 2013

Cut and run from Brisbane while calling out Abbott

Kevin Rudd fired up at the Labor Party launch and on last night's Q&A. But it's too late now. The Labor machine is broken, Crikey's writer-at-large comments from Brisbane.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


It’s 8am and I stagger out of the Ibis on Turbot Street and arggghhhh I’m in f-cking Brisbane again?! How did this happen? It’s like Wake In Fright, I keep living and coming into another town and it’s always Brisbane, the worst capital city in Australia. Sorry, but it is. Perth’s worse but it doesn’t count.

But the election’s been like that, five weeks of coming back into Brisbane. Had Labor been in the game, western Sydney would have been the focus. But as it became clear that Labor was getting a drubbing — unless both Newspoll, Essential and Nielsen are wrong in their whole methodology.

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15 thoughts on “Cut and run from Brisbane while calling out Abbott

  1. wilful

    I just checked and you can’t successfully google Voss, you have to know it’s by Patrick White to get anwhere, otherwise you’re thinking WTF Brisbane football?

  2. zut alors

    Fine commentary, Guy. Note that Abbott doesn’t trust himself to be present in the same venue as Tony Jones. If he’s so proud and confident of his policies/costings, why…?

    You’re right, it’s time to quit Brisbane: Newman + Abbott = fatal overdose.

  3. Gavin Moodie

    Shouldn’t pick on QUT: several other Australian universities have no humanities faculty. In any case, why is humanities essential to a university?

  4. mikeb

    Someone email this to Labor central – quick.

  5. Frank

    If he steps back from these commitments — commitments to a program Labor has originated — then he has lied to the Australian people, lied fundamentally, and in a way no other leadership contender has ever done. Should he go back on this slate of commitments, he will have no legitimacy, and the Australian people should regard his government in that regard.

    Damn straight. Cock the pistol, wait for the Tory costings to hit on Friday night like an elephant turd, and then call Abbott’s bluff on a double-dissolution.

  6. Guy Rundle

    i’ll take that as a comment, Moodie

  7. Gavin Moodie

    It is a challenge to essentialism. I am open to persuasion, but reject the simple assertion. Likewise with theology, Latin and physics, which have all been posited as essential to a ‘proper’ university.

  8. Observation

    The great unknown. What is the coalitions plans. what is the budgeting, spending and savings agenda and strategy? I regretfully agree with you Guy. Once found out, it will be all too late. And all we will be left with is his promises and your above statement (if made by labor) to burn into the public’s brain.

  9. klewso

    Seen “Groundhog Day”?

  10. @chrispydog

    Abbott’s smug sloganeering has belted Labor out of the park.

    The only consolation is we can finally be rid of Rudd.

    Some consolation.

    That’s all we get?

    Talk about being done over by all of them.

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