There seems to be a very confused reaction developing to Rudd’s 2020 Summit in Canberra.
The Iemma government is being hit from two sides at the moment, one of its choosing, one not.
Saying your opponent’s spending plans are just a political ruse is one thing, saying the same for those of your own party is something else.
AWAs may not make much practical sense from anyone’s point of view but neither does it make much “common sense” for a political party to have no purpose for its existence.
With the apology out of the way, Rudd now intends to focus on ‘practical measures’ and the starting point of this is not Keating’s reconciliation but Howard’s intervention.
If there is an iron law of Australian politics, it is that the fate of the political class and the indigenous issue are intimately intertwined.
This emotionalism should be a clue that what we are really talking about is not some historic incident in the bygone past, but something to do with today.
Saturday, 9 February 2008 State of the parties Comments Off
Given that the government is standing at 60%+ in the polls and the Liberals can barely find a single issue they can agree on (anyone think of one?) Rudd’s performance on The 7.30 Report on Monday night was surprisingly awkward.
There will be those who will dismiss this as a stunt. But the stunt element will lie in the fact that the 1,000 chosen will represent nothing more than themselves, and so have no social weight to push their agenda through. However, it certainly sends a message to the political parties who like to think that they do.