Well Nick Xenonphon seems to be getting all of the blame for the failure of the stimilus package in the senate, but remember that the opposition (led by the ex-merchant banker) opposed the package from the day it was proposed, and they did not even make any amendment suggestions in the senate. So who’s actually not trying to be positive about helping the Australian economy?
And late last night the bill’s were passed in the lower house and will be re-introduced to the Senate today. And if they do not get passed then the government then has a trigger for a double-dissolution election (update: ToSY has a link in comments that shows that a DD is not on the table at this point as the bill must get presented again after a period of three months), and is that something that the oppositions really wants? The good money suggests that the opposition really thought that the bills would get through the senate so that they could say “see – we did not vote for it” when the economy gets worse, but if the bill does not get passed today then they will wear the full brunt of the anger from the voters when things get worse.
I personally do not think that Rudd will pull the trigger on a double-dissolution election as we need to have a politicians that are working for Australia and not working for their election.