"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rudd - Political Coward By His Own Admission

In December Mr Rudd said he chose action on climate change because "Australia's fundamental economic and environmental interests lie in action. The argument that we must not act until others do is an argument that has been used by political cowards since time immemorial,"
Political coward Rudd has now announced a delay of the ETS until 2013 to wait on other countries effectively killing the scheme .

The Australian says that MP's are becoming increasingly worried about Rudd:
Concerns are growing within the federal government that Kevin Rudd is losing control of the political agenda after a series of policy reversals capped off by the dumping of Labor's key climate change policy.
As the Prime Minister continues to dump contentious and costly policies before the May 11 budget, some Labor MPs fear too many policy reversals and broken promises are being wheeled out in too short a time, creating a perception of panic.
Rudd's incompetence is more and more on public display as Andrew Bolt writes:
Has any Prime Minister had to reverse, delay or repair so many of his own disastrous policies in just three weeks?

April 9:
AUSTRALIA suspended processing asylum applications for Afghans and Sri Lankans as young children wrapped in towels were being brought ashore at Christmas Island after their boat foundered at sea… The suspension of asylum claims came after Kevin Rudd came under increasing pressure to stem the flow of boat arrivals.
April 12:
UP to $6 billion in school building funds will be subjected to increased scrutiny after Julia Gillard bowed to pressure and appointed an inquiry into waste and alleged rorting under the government’s Building the Education Revolution program. As the government cleared political problems ahead of a looming election campaign on health, the Deputy Prime Minister appointed former investment banker Brad Orgill to head a taskforce that will have a $14 million budget...


April 21:
HUMAN rights groups yesterday accused Attorney-General Robert McClelland of lacking courage after he rejected a proposal for a human rights charter because it was too politically divisive. Mr McClelland denied he had unrealistically raised expectations of a charter by spending $2.8 million on a human rights consultation process.
April 22:
TAXPAYERS face a $1 billion bill to clean up the Rudd Government’s botched home insulation scheme, which has wasted 2 per cent of its $42bn economic stimulus package. After months of revelations of dodgy work and rorting of the $2.45bn program, the Government yesterday scrapped it on the basis of an independent report highlighting massive failings in its design and administration...April 22:
THE Rudd government has quietly dumped its election pledge to end ?the double-drop-off? for parents by building 260 childcare centres on school grounds. The Childcare Minister Kate Ellis ... said today the government would finish the 38 it has started.
April 23:
COMPLAINTS about foreigners driving up Australian house prices have forced the Rudd government to reinstate a rule it scrapped in 2008 requiring temporary residents to sell their houses when they leave the country… There have been several complaints in recent months about foreign investment in the residential sector, mainly focused on Asian investors outbidding locals at auctions to buy homes for their children studying in Australia.
April 27:
KEVIN Rudd has dumped one of the centrepiece promises of his 2007 election campaign, delaying plans for an emissions trading scheme (ETS) until at least 2013.
So many disasters, and all of Rudd’s making. The frantic ditching of them suggests an election - and with the BER task force due to report on that disaster wiithin three months, I wouldn’t be surprised by a July election, with the Budget used to frame the issues Rudd wants to fight on.
Oh, and this doesn’t quite fit the bill, but it’s both a broken promise and another sign of pre-election panic:
April 27:
LABOR has reneged on an in-principle agreement to hold an election debate on the Sunday before polling day.
UPDATE
Labor MPs worry that this will seem just like it really is:
CONCERNS are growing within the federal government that Kevin Rudd is losing control of the political agenda after a series of policy reversals capped off by the dumping of Labor’s key climate change policy… As the Prime Minister continues to dump contentious and costly policies before the May 11 budget, some Labor MPs fear too many policy reversals and broken promises are being wheeled out in too short a time, creating a perception of panic.
UPDATE 2
Dennis Shanahan:
The real problem for the government right now is that it over-promised, under-delivered and is suffering from Rudd’s centralised management…
It is one thing to admit to a mistake and promise to fix it, even to admit to two or three. But if political leaders continually admit to mistakes, voters are entitled to think they can’t competently manage anything, no matter how appealing it may sound.

Terry McCrann weighs in also:
Really, have we ever seen a bigger prat as prime minister, and granted there've been a few?

Sort of sums it up!

1 comment:

  1. Go de Baron.
    This is all so factual - unfortunately for ALL Australians!


    Tommo
    Central Queensland

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