One year on.

Keeping up with the theme of Kevin on “Always look on the bright side of life”, today is one year since John Howard became an ex-PM, he has ceased to be the PM, Mr Speaker, and we gained a Rudd government. I just got a text from a friend telling me “Happy Anniversary”, and it made me feel good.

So – how has it been for you?



31 Responses

  1. Nothing much yet with a long way to go. 1 year is not enough time IMO to make an informed decision, especially given the economic turmoil.

  2. Gee, one year already?

    I’d have to say I’m fairly ambivalent about Rudd over the past 12 months, however I’m absolutely ecstatic that the last 12 months have been WITHOUT Howard!!

  3. I had kept a list of all those on Blogocracy who had stated that the election of Rudd would see the Australia cave in within 6 months, 12 months or one term. When Tim folded I ditched the list.

    Well the world might have caved in (mostly due to a conservative government) but Australia is still not too bad off. But those who said we would be worse off under a Rudd government are right, can’t deny that.

    Those who said unions would rampage through the country closing down business everywhere were way wrong.

  4. Time flies, but still to early to judge Rudd & co.

    Not altogether disgusted with Labor’s direction or actions as I was with the exiled former government; who still don’t seem to realise that they aren’t in control any more.

    I imagine my tolerance with Rudd will probably wear thinner in proportion to the length of time he stays in the job, but I doubt that I’d ever come to loathe him near as much as I resent(ed) Howard & his bootlicks.

  5. OOPS! pet hate of mine…that should read “TOO early to judge”.

  6. “Those who said unions would rampage through the country closing down business everywhere were way wrong.”

    As were those who loudly trumpeted that ‘interest rates would always be lower under a Liberal government”

  7. Yeah I remember that one reb, just how many of the wingnuts in Tim’s blog said “say hello to 17% interest rates fools”? A certain Neil comes to mind as one.

  8. “Those who said unions would rampage through the country closing down business everywhere were way wrong.”

    Give them a chance, wait for the new laws to be tabled tomorrow and operate from next year. Unions also aren’t particularly keen on scaring the horses.

    Remember where you heard it first – unions will finish up running the country!!

  9. I mean operate from 2010

  10. Tom,

    The unions couldn’t even order a transexual hooker, what on earth makes you think they’re capable of running the country?


  12. LOL@Adrian!

  13. It’s been heaven. No Rodent justifying why he screwed the averagage ounter in the street as well as those vulnerable people he found easy to bully (refugees, indiginous, workers, Hicks, Haneef etc). He was like a wind up VW that needed tuning badly. As for Kevin, well he has had his work cut out for him with the world financial downturn, but lets look at the achievements. Interest rates at a 3 year low and going down, Serfchoices torn up, signing onto Kyoto, saying sorry to the stoles generation, starting a computer roll out to schools, riding inflation down and many more….yes I’m satisfied.

  14. But those who said we would be worse off under a Rudd government are right, can’t deny that.

    But not as worse off as we would have been had Howard been returned. The GFC would have been a great opportunity for Howard to further ‘steal’ from the workers to enrich the wealthy.

    Having said that I am still waiting to see less Howard and more Bonhoeffer particularly in industrial relations

  15. Adrian, that’s clever. If I could make my comments run across the page outside the columns, they’d look even more annoying, rambling and inarticulate. It would be a true representation of my thinking!

  16. Serfchoices torn up

    Hardly ‘torn up’ David. Tweaked around the edges maybe…

  17. ” The GFC would have been a great opportunity for Howard to further ’steal’ from the workers to enrich the wealthy.”TracieofFNQ

    Prescient. For that, above any other reason, I think we dodged a lethal societal bullet when we kicked the bastards out 12 months ago.
    Imagine the rampant justifications that would have now been in play for the more despicable aspects of WorkChoices had the Fibbing Rat still been at the helm. Perfect opportunity for any so inclined unscrupulous employers to thin out the ranks for the downturn & then, (when & if) after things looked up a bit, rehiring cheap, exploitable labour on contracts & over a barrel.
    Lucky that enough people seemed to be onto the possible consequences to vote accordingly.
    You’re correct about Labor fiddling at the margins too. I can’t be satisfied with anything other than a total dismantling of WorkChoices, not just a retooling or watered down version.

  18. I liked the prediction of fuel being $2 a litre by xmas…it is a little less than that and the people that put their prices up because of increasing fuel prices are not reducing them now.

    I’m going to hit my suppliers next week with a “please explain.”

  19. scaper proves fuel watch is working, another wingnut prediction down the drain. 😉

    My last grocery bill was down a cent as well so grocery watch is also working so I don’t know what Turnbull was on about in the Press Club.

    Speaking of Turnbull and the Press Club, I would have thought the opposition would have learnt by now, but no, the same old lame and baseless attacks treating the people as idiots whilst saying the people have worked out Rudd. Right on queue one opposition minister after another came out with the same message of how Rudd was destroying the economy due to terrible economic management, but not one word on what they would do differently. In fact the whole stupid thing is the very policies they are now caning the government on are the ones they supported a few scant weeks ago and one opposition minister saying the people are not fooled. No they’re not, which is why the opposition are go backwards whenever they come out with this crud.

    Their latest tactic is to now claim that the surplus is sacred and if we go into deficit then the government should immediately be sacked. So after 12 months of demanding the government spend more than the government revenue for five years on anything and everything (go to the Liberal website to see what they have demanded over the last 12 months) they all of sudden are saying there should be no spending whatsoever or the government should create money.

    What a joke the opposition is. Instead of 12 months of the Rudd government we should be looking at 12 months of opposition failure. Gotta be close to one of the worst Federal oppositions in the modern era, and that’s saying something considering the Labor oppositions over the last decade.

  20. Maybe the fed opposition should look at resigning and trying to take a state…but then again the talent there would be flat out running Upper Cumbucca West Ladies Auxiliary Club!

    It is a bit harsh, but that’s the way I’m seeing it.

  21. Adrian be fair. The last opposition was pretty wishy – washy in some respects to…support for the AUSFTA, and support for the anti-terror laws (incl. the anti-democratic sedition laws) to name a couple.

    I didn’t see Turnbull’s press club address because quite frankly I am sick to death of the man. It is clear this opposition still have a lot of soul searching to do before they even begin to become a palatable alternative to the present Govt.

    This is unfortunate because as long as the ALP are riding high in the polls they risk becoming just as out of touch as the last Govt did.

  22. Yeah I remember that one reb, just how many of the wingnuts in Tim’s blog said “say hello to 17% interest rates fools”? A certain Neil comes to mind as one.
    7. Adrian of Nowra | November 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I actually don’t recall talking about 17% interest rates if labor gets into power. I have said lots of things, some of which i have regretted but I do not recall talking about interest rates. Perhaps I did. I do not remember.

    I do recall mentioning that Labor is good at producing debt and unemployment. Labor has a track record in this. Last time in power they produced the highest federal govt debt in our history. Also the lefties Cain/Kirner racked up the highest state debt in Australian history.

    These are “records” that will take some beating.

    For good measure the ALP also produced the highest unemployment rate since the great depression.

    However, interest rates i do not recall mentioning.

    PS -How is that great ALP contribution to Australian working families, GroceryChoice going???

  23. Articles in a few of today’s newspapers discussed this very topic.

    The Canberra Times had a very lengthy article titled “The Rudd teams first year: the report card”. Heading the article was the analyses of Rudd, who was awarded a B+. Malcolm Fraser is quoted as saying that Rudd deserved a pass mark. “His first year has gone as well as it could have been expected. It’s gone probably better than many prime ministers first years” he said.

    Julia Gillard, incidentally, was awarded an A.

    Across the other side of the country the West Australian beamed “Rudd compares well in a testing year at the top”. The article begins “The Rudd Government has a lot going for it as it clocks up its first 12 months in office today. No minister has had to be sacked for misconduct, unlike in the Howard government’s first 12 months”. It continues with “Kevin Rudd is benefiting politically from the chance to come across as a decisive leader during the crisis in global financial markets. John Howard had to wait until his second term to show his credentials”. And, “Mr Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan have got some crucial decisions right in tackling the financial crisis”.

    Then we get to the Daily telegraph (which is getting more like the Australian every day). Their twist on Rudd’s first year was the pathetic headline “Flying PM rates an F in a year of fear”. They then announce that “Kevin Rudd has been a failure since his election 12 months ago, according to a majority of respondents to a Daily Telegraph online poll”. This poll told the Daily exactly what they wanted to hear, that 55.4% said that Rudd had done a poor or really bad job; and that 54% said that Howard and Costello would be better at handling the world’s crisis. Rudd’s $10.B relief package also came in for a spray.

    The pathetic article then went on talking to some of the respondents and it more or less became a mud-sling against Rudd, as one would expect with this crappy rag.

    The Herald Sun had an article that contradicts the above article in its sister paper. “Howard cops another smack over economy”. It says “In a Budget Monitor publication to be released today, forecaster Access Economics has lashed out at the former Howard government for failing to take advantage of the economic boom . . . Access economist Chris Richardson said the former government had engaged in the usual ill-disciplined blowout of tax cuts and big spending during the boom.

    Mr Richardson also backed the Rudd Government’s $10.4B fiscal stimulus package.

    I would say that, in the opinion of those who pocess the credentials, Rudd has had a good first year.

  24. The Rudd government has finished its one-year anniversary by honouring an election commitment to remove discrimination against same-sex couples from a wide range of federal laws:

  25. I have mixed feelings about it so far. i think as Scaper said more will come out in the next few years of the hard work that is done as we are are starting to discuss the next election. Its just that we are so conditioned to accept/expect little in return.

  26. Rudd one year on

    That is one of the best precis I’ve come across on not only the first year of the Rudd government but on the failure of the Howard government’s decade plus in office.

  27. Without wishing to sound hyperbolic I will be ever grateful to Kevin, Julia and the well-disciplined Labor crew for ridding us of the Rodent and the Private School Bullies. We can all sleep a little sounder at night knowing those thugs have been cut off.

    The Liberal Party is angrily determined to return to their “birthright” position of power, so cannot be too relaxed. The price of freedom being eternal vigilance, and all that.

  28. Wow Caney and here was me thinking the Australian people ‘got rid off’ Howard and the Libs.

    I am glad Howard & Co are no longer in Govt, but am somewhat less than relaxed and comfortable with the ALP.

    I guess they’ll get there most significant report card in 2010.

  29. Well, Tracie, obviously the people got rid of the Nasty Party at the ballot box (and good on us for that!).

    However, a less-disciplined Labor Party might not have been able to oust the Liberals. For example, if Kev had allowed himself to be wedged by the many Liberal baits. For example, the way he neutralised them on their “strong point” of the economy with his me-tooism.

    If he or any of his team had slipped up in any major way at any stage, the Liberals might have clawed their evil way back, and we’d all be the worse for that now.

    The Liberals, remember, were spending a million dollars per day on propaganda in the weeks leading up to Howard’s calling the election date. It took a well-oiled, competent Labor machine to overcome that benefit of incumbency plus the Liberal scare campaigns of the election proper.

    So I’m ever so grateful they didn’t stuff up, that they played all the right moves, and were thus able to win the political battle against the barbarians on our behalf.

    As a side-point I will note that the silly Liberals did sign their own suicide note with WorstChoices, the gems they are!

    PS: A revealing link on the grubbiness Labor was up against to oust them …,23739,22096850-5007200,00.html

  30. Caney IMO Howard was gone even if Beasley had been leader. Workchoices was the decider as you say. I think the Libs knew it too going by the sheer desperation of their campaign.

    Rudd was the leader for the business community IMO, and it was their approval he sought – which is why they have only tinkered around the edges of Workchoices – not ‘ripped it up’ like they promised originally.

    Time will tell whether or not he truly returns the ALP to the centre (which IMO means restoring the balance in power between workers and employers) or is dimply slightly left of extreme right.

  31. It’s been better than Howard. Improvements include fairer IR Laws, apology to the stolen generation, signing Kyoto, a start on improved policy on climate change and energy, fairer policy for same-sex couples, consulting thoroughly with a range of different groups of people on policy etc.

    Negatives include internet censorship plan, stupid cuts to ABS, de-funding ANAM, maintaining unfairly low funding levels to public schools, doing much less than they hype, general loose regard for the environment etc.

    On the ANAM situation, Senator Christine Milne released a couple of statements about this, which I entirely agree with:

    I believe It’s totally uneccessary action by Garrett and is detrimental to classical music training in Australia. His handling of this matter has shown him to be quite incompetent as the Minister for the Arts

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