…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Recycling is a process to change something useless, i.e. waste, into something new, useful. That obviously cannot apply to the Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who rightly belongs to the left bin.
Mr Akerman wrote about him on 28th June, 2013: “Rudd, had he learnt anything, had he listened to anyone during his frequent trips to shopping centres around the nation over the past three years, would have understood that the millions of Australians he claims were clamouring for his return really only wanted a circuit breaker – and they saw his resurrection merely as a means to curtail the longest election campaign in our history.
But his time in exile was wasted. Nothing he offered yesterday was new. He said the hardest thing was to offer a policy plan for the nation – and he proved his own point.
He offered no policy plans.
Yet, when last he was prime minister, he changed the Howard government’s successful border protection policy, which had emptied the camps on Christmas Island and stopped the boats, to an open border policy which has led to 45,000 illegal boat arrivals.
On the day before the 2007 election, he said that he would turn the boats around and then never did. He signed Australia up to the United Nations’ hysterical global warming agenda and opened the door to the carbon dioxide tax through an emissions trading scheme campaign – which he then turned around and dumped.
He started FuelWatch and GroceryWatch – and subsequently dumped them as well.
He launched the pink batts insulation scheme – which cost four lives and a billion dollars to fix.
He said he would fix public hospitals or take them over – but walked away from the policy – and he promised to deliver budget surpluses over the economic cycle and failed in that, too.
After Question Time, Sky News anchor David Speers astutely observed that Rudd had slipped right back into the prime ministerial chair. Nothing had changed. That’s the problem.
Three years ago Rudd did not even stand against Gillard in the leadership ballot when his disgruntled colleagues told him he was Labor’s problem.
Three years on, overnight polls notwithstanding, he remains Labor’s problem.
If the first Rudd government was dysfunctional, this incarnation embodies dysfunction on steroids.”