Debnam’s pre-election concession of defeat is predominantly being seen as a tactical response to unfavourable polls and an unpopular government á la Bracks and Gallop. But it also reflects the fact that they have no agenda for power. The telling issue was transport. State politics has become nothing but who provides the best public services, which is why the ALP, with its public sector ties, is naturally favoured and the Liberals are at a natural disadvantage. This is the reason for the ALP sweep of the states.

The Federal level has always been about more than this but with the War on Terror falling apart, federal politics is threatening to become not much more than about services either e.g. water management. Rudd’s attempt to link state services with the federal government through the ‘new federalism’ is a smart move.

Posted by The Piping Shrike on Friday, 16 March 2007.

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