Posts Tagged ‘ hawke government ’

Rudd’s control issues

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Former Labor Opposition Leader Kim Beazley’s argument was that the pace of reform under Kevin Rudd had been slowed by the constipation of process. His speech was about the centralised control being exercised by a self-confessed anal prime minister. Beazley’s point of departure was the administrative style of Bob Hawke versus that of Kevin 24/7. And it was the Duracell Bunny that came off worse.



State of the union

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Labor’s substitute for WorkChoices, which it calls Forward With Fairness, is no counter-revolution. In a way, it’s more an attempt to make WorkChoices more efficient, the sort of prescription that John Howard might have gone for had he not been overwhelmed by the desire to leave behind a profound ideological mark.



Nine months of nothingness

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

With the mood turning against Labor in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Kevin Rudd may need a new plan. How about an action plan? For more than nine months, like a period of gestation, we have waited in anticipation for the change that the Prime Minister claimed this country needed after the Howard years. Smarting from attacks that his Government lacked direction, Rudd hurriedly rushed out a few planks in his education revolution a few weeks ago.



Review puts politics ahead of economics

Aug 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Wisely, former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has advised the Rudd Government to ignore self-serving pleas from the car industry, trade unions and state governments for continued tariff protection. If adopted, the report’s recommendations would see the tariff cuts foreshadowed by the Howard government proceed, with a reduction from 10 per cent to 5 per cent in 2010.