Tuesday, 29 January 2008 The Australian state Comments Off
Rudd is starting Parliament with an apology not because he wants it to define his government by it but because he wants to get it out of the way and bury it at the start.
It has been disappointing to see how the media continues to take the government’s inflation scare at face value.
Let’s be blunt. Nelson was not invited to yesterday’s meeting of Liberal state leaders because he was not wanted. But would he have wanted to go anyway? Probably not.
Rudd is in the process of changing the rules of Australian politics and that involves first sorting out his own side.
Now with Howard out of the way, the party is the main target as the leadership uses the economic scare to restrict any alternative agendas in the party.
This will be the first Labor government in history where unions will not play a significant role in its mandate. In a nutshell, Gillard’s job is to fill that gap.
Like Rudd’s other actions since 24 November, his new federalism is part of the consolidation of power that was accelerated, but not completed, by the election.
For some, Obama appears to be filling a gap that Rudd has not filled.
The November election did not fully complete the transfer of power.