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Lacklustre Labor Launch, New Liberal TVC

What it seemed like to me was a funeral for an unloved son and the real kicker was the many shots of grim faced audience members who were obliged to go through the motions even though their hearts were definitely not in it at all,
Vale the Australian Labor Party they will be not be mourned for a very long time.

The Red And The Blue

KEVIN RUDD today formally launched Labor’s campaign for the election now just six days away; this lacklustre and largely deceptive effort signals the end of taxpayers footing Labor’s travel bills, and it comes as the Liberal Party releases a new TVC tonight that highlights just what a fraud Rudd is.

I’m not going to make any apologies if I sound jaundiced in my view of today’s Labor Party launch; I expected little and wasn’t disappointed.

Even so, Labor has left this until just six days before polling day; as the governing party it means the taxpayer — not the ALP — has until now picked up the bill for campaign expenses such as security, transport and accommodation for the Prime Minister, and so on.

It’s a small detail but one most of the electorate is blissfully unaware of — exactly as ALP hardheads like it. And frankly, it stinks.

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  1. Tony says:

    From reading the link to your post Iain, as well as the posts, it all comes down to one thing.

    I, personally, with an attempt to hear both sides, watched about the first five minutes of the presentation.
    My first impression, after about thirty seconds, was that he didn’t actually believe what he was saying. It lacked that typical table thumping political campaign launch, long on minutia, less on detail. Who gives a rats about broadband, (which still after the last three years, still hasn’t happened in promised locatons ?) as well as the other dribble. He is trying too hard, to become everyone’s best friend.

    If the audience, as well as the average swinging voter, was anything lke, me, I yawned after five minutes, looking at the screen, saying out loud ?
    How the hell are you going to pay for all of this ? then proceeded to switch off, walk outside and started playing with the dog.

    Now, on Sunrise, Rudd is challenging Abbott to produce his costings ?
    How the bloody hell can he do that, until Rudd releases the true state of the budgetary balance ?

    Like your speech Mr Rudd, this swinging voter, again, is not buying your b/s, not for a second. Not this time !

  2. Iain Hall says:

    When I watched it yesterday I was waiting for some painkillers to kick in and watching Rudd was making the wait seem ever longer. That said I stuck to it out of a sense of duty to this blog. I felt that I had to make the effort but as soon as he started to harp on about Abbott I knew that Rudd has nothing to offer the people except more ineptitude, fear and loathing.

  3. Richard Ryan says:

    Dear Australian Voters, I will decide who will become Prime Minister of your country and the circumstances in which Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister. Your Loyal American Friend Always, Rupert Murdoch.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Richard
    I hope that you have bought the bottle to settle our bet 😉

  5. Tony says:

    You are more committed than I could ever be ?
    Why bother to watch the false promises, when deep down, you know, (and more importantly labor knows even closer ?), that there is no money to pay for any of it.
    It is like all campaigns, the minute the victor is announced, there will be a press release, not five minutes later, stating that there is no money in the ktty to pay for any of it, and back to square one. We all know its coming, so c’mon both labor and liberal, just have the guts to come out and say it.

    Sorry Australia, we’re broke. Unless Clive and his mates, strike a new massive seam of gold somewhere, and we get trillions in royalties, we can’t afford to buy a postage stamp without hitting the nation’s credit cards.

    They would get at least some respect, especially from the swinging voter, if they did that, instead of getting the standard spin from the winner ?

    Sorry Australia, we didn’t actualy know about the true state of our fiscal position. Now that we do, sorry all our promises are out the window, and we are going to have to increase taxes, in an attempt to fill the black hole.

    How many times have we heard that, since 1969, every time government changed hands ?
    I’ve lost count

    :@

  6. Tony says:

    well that didn’t work, supposed to be the emoticon for head exploding at the end.
    Oops !

  7. James says:

    Summary of this event, predictable. Albanese ran through all the old Labor anti Tony scripts.

    Terese Rein introducing Kevin Rudd was no substitute for the Abbott girls introducing Tony Abbott at their launch, major failure with that one.

    But the highlight for me was Kevin Rudd entering and shaking hands, slobbering over women who let him, but when he gets to Robert Faulkner to shake hands it happens, but Robert Faulkner wouldn’t look Rudd in the eyes, looked right past him. It was as funny as.

    But at the end, even Rudd’s granddaughter didn’t want to have a bar of him.

    Rudd tried to get the granddaughter and me photo opp, kid reached straight out nearly crying to get back into mums arms.

    Wise kid

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    Yes, it’s a difficult choice in this election. You see it’s not “goodies vs baddies”, it’s “baddies vs baddies”. I think I’ll vote for Clive.

  9. Tony says:

    We all have laughed at that alternative Ray. Not funny any more though is it ?
    Apparently, (for a bit of trivia here ?) a mate down south tells me that Clive ads are now running against the Greens two to one !

    Wouldn’t that “curdle” both labor’s and liberal’s custard ?

  10. Ray Dixon says:

    Top performance by Kevin Rudd on Q & A tonight – vintage stuff. He was really fighting and made it clear why he (not Abbott) should win. Abbott doesn’t have the guts to face a Q & A like that and wouldn’t have handled it. He’s out of his depth as PM as he showed on the 7.30 report tonight, earlier – oh, the Syrian rebels are ‘influenced by Al Qaeda’ but he supports the US assisting them. Huh? The man’s an international minnow and a national embarrassment.

  11. Ray Dixon says:

    From ABC Online:

    Q&A says Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was invited to take part in the show, and also offered his own solo appearance, but is yet to take the offer up.

    Gutless wonder.

  12. GD says:

    Ray, I’ve just started watching Q&A on iView. Top performance? You’ve got to be joking.

    Tony Jones asked Rudd to name his biggest mistake since retaking the leadership. After waffling at length, Tony interrupted him again to ask what was his biggest mistake since reclaiming the PMs chair.

    Rudd waffled a whole lot more, then finally gave his answer. Something about not following through with the ETS in his first term!

    Talk about gutless wonders. Tony Jones let that one through to the keeper.

    The first four questions have been directed at Rudd from the disenfranchised left who feel that Rudd has become a centrist.

    The fifth question is about Gonski. Rudd is sprouting sums of money that would make your eyes water. He has no basis for making these claims but the Q&A audience swallow the bullshit.

    That’s five questions so far and not one from a conservative voter.

    Next question comes from a young bloke with a more conservative bent.

    His question is about the Treasury outing Rudd. Rudd stands his ground but Tony Jones pulls him up, again and again. In the end Rudd reckons he’s above the law. Much applause from the supposedly bipartisan audience.

    Next question is about the need for cuts. The nervous woman asking the question wants to know why Labor won’t have to make cuts if re-elected.

    Rudd immediately blames the GFC and then waffles for a few minutes telling us that other nations have it worse, that Labor saved our economy. He cites our triple AAA rating as proof of his government’s stewardship of the economy.

    If you’re not laughing, you should start now.

    Rudd reckons ‘we will track back to surplus’.

    If this was a balanced audience surely there should have been a few guffaws. They swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

    Rudd waffles…

    Once again, Tony Jones pulls Rudd up for lying about the supposed $70 billion ‘black hole’.

    Rudd retorts with a swerve at Abbott’s costings.

    So the take from this is that Rudd is happy to lie about Treasury figures because Abbott hasn’t released his costings.

    In answer to the actual question about cuts, Rudd’s only solution has been to raise the retirement age.

    Next question, again from a lefty, is asking how are we worse off than six years ago? This question is greeted with massive applause.

    Rudd is preaching to the choir here. It’s an ABC love-fest.

  13. Iain Hall says:

    GD I tend to concur with your opinion of Rudd’s performance which I watched with some rather Wry amusement. Rudd was evasive, sneaky and rather shamed my Jones constantly calling him to account over his “70 billion” line which Jones demolished by pointing out that the “fact checkers” have said that its a baseless number. Rudd was most notably dunbstruck by that little fact.
    Ray
    Rudd was certainly performing a bit better than he has done previously he was far more polished that he was in the earlier debate. As for Abbott as yet not accepting the invitation to appear on Q&A I would suggest that its not for a lack of courage but rather a totally reasonable matter of strategy. There will be no new questions and undoubtedly Abbott’s last few days of the campaign will already be fully booked so why should he change his schedule just to go on that show?

  14. Richard Ryan says:

    Sorry, I won’t be voting for Abbott on Saturday, for the simple reason I don’t trust the lying bastard.

  15. Richard Ryan says:

    And “gutless wonder”.

  16. Tony says:

    Looks like I am sorry I missed it.
    Can I get it on the abc website guys ? Wouldn’t mind a quick look. (disregard, just found it !)

    We all know that Abbott is not the best orator is he. Rudd is a former diplomat, and thus well trained in the art of b/s. Silver Tongued Devil perhaps an appropriate term to describe him. So, under that scenario, if I was Abbott, I wouldn’t expose myself to getting trounced on a one to one, especially situated at ground that is less than friendly ? The ABC has been biased for years, we all know that. He doesn’t have to anyway. It is not as if it is a close race, and why expose himself in this manner. He doesn’t have to ?

  17. Tony says:

    He is straight out lying about costings folks.
    He said they were released before the election was called, which technically is correct, the actual fiscal position of the economy wasn’t ! Costings by either party therefore, become irrelevent, and are fantasy until these actual figures are released.

    Borrowings typical for western economies ?
    b/s Ruddy. Only when the labor party gets into power do we see this scenario. There was NO GFC effect here in Australia. The massive mining and natural resource industries made certain of that. If we went into recession, guess who’s fault that was ? Our banks were only exposed, due to their massive investment in overseas markets, especially the US, which lowered their massive profits in that market. They got bitten, and Australians are paying for that greed. That is the only damage done to Australia due to the GFC.

    The extension of the retirement age to 67 over time is another furphy.
    By the time, the current generation of middle age voters reach retirement age, due to the fact, that most will have their own super accounts, they can retire whenever they like, regardless of what the current government at the time rules on the matter. Not unlike the current situation when retirement age is actually 65, but retirement can be entered at age 55 ?

    Why do we have a AAA rating ?
    The labor government, when they started, had a bank balance of $20b ?
    They blew that in five minutes. The reason for the high rating ?
    They can continue to spend, as they have a constant input to their bank balance, thanks to massive royalties from the mining industry.
    Watch what happens, when the mining industry has their long awaited slow down, supposedly, due shortly.

    The fiscal reason for the AAA rating is dependent on assetts/debt ratio of the country concerned, and whether or not interest payments are being made on time. Not unlike the credit rating we get, when we take out a mortgage with the bank ? The massive mineral wealth of this country has increased, out of sight, our ASSET total against an also rising liability level. Don’t fall for it people.

  18. Ray Dixon says:

    GD, you must have missed the bit at the start of Q & A where they stated the audience were 35% Labor voters, 45% Coalition, 10% Greens and 10% ‘others or undecided’. I didn’t interpret Rudd’s answers the way you did but then again, you look at anything he says negatively. You cannot escape two major points though:

    1) Rudd was plausible, forthright and believable. He clearly is across all issues.
    2) Abbott didn’t turn up.

  19. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, let’s clarify this ‘$70 billion of cuts’ Rudd keeps referring to and why he keeps it up. Here’s my take:

    In the absence (as yet) of Abbott’s full list of proposed cuts, Kevin Rudd has every right to speculate that they will be as high as the $70 billion that both Joe Hockey & Andrew Robb referred to pre election announcement. What figure do you suggest he quotes? Or do you just want him to STFU about any Abbott cuts and pretend (like Abbott wants us to) that they don’t matter? They do matter, and until Abbott tells us exactly what they are (and until they are verified by Treasury), then Rudd’s figure is as good as any. The focus should not be on Rudd’s claim but on Abbott’s refusal to tell us the real figure and exactly what will be cut.

    And the reason he didn’t turn up for Q & A was exactly that. If he had shown up, Tony Jones would have put the squeeze on him, not Rudd. Your suggestion that Rudd was shown up somehow under the spotlight for his claims is absurd, given that Abbott was a no show.

  20. Tony says:

    1) Rudd was plausible, forthright and believable. He clearly is across all issues.

    All flash, with no substance, with nothing but minutia, about how he is going to be paying for it Ray.
    We all know, that if it was Abbott up there, instead of Rudd, you would be all over his “like me I’m a good guy” rhetoric, like he had a dose of the bloody plague ? Give us a break here. He may as well have been reading it from a script, which he probably was.

    2) Abbott didn’t turn up.

    He didn’t have to.
    How many debates do you want Ray ?
    As many as it takes for Rudd to win one ?
    That’s not the way it works. They have had three, Abbott won them, even with his less than impressive speaking style, and yet, still you want more ?

    My impressions of the show ?
    He was given a list of the questions, probably a few days ago, and Aunties’ delivery was as to script.
    A polished presentation for sure, but nothing more than a bloody hour and ten minute ad for labor.
    No serious questions asked, and the ones that were, certainly hit the labor G spots.
    IMHO it was just Aunty’s attempt, to still appear relevent in the political media landscape of this country, as well as to those that keep them employed, (i.e. US !), THAT FAILED, MISERABLY !

  21. Ray Dixon says:

    You’re entitled to your opinion, Tony … such as it is.

  22. Iain Hall says:

    Ray

    In the absence (as yet) of Abbott’s full list of proposed cuts, Kevin Rudd has every right to speculate that they will be as high as the $70 billion that both Joe Hockey & Andrew Robb referred to pre election announcement.

    That is Bollocks, the figure has been repeatedly denied and denounced by Abbott as untrue and not appropriate to the current debate and going by Rudd’s instance that the number is set in stone what is the point in Abbott dancing to his tune when Rudd will ignore any response from Abbott anyway.

    What figure do you suggest he quotes? Or do you just want him to STFU about any Abbott cuts and pretend (like Abbott wants us to) that they don’t matter?

    If Rudd was sensible he would not keep running the discredited “70 billion” line at all and I say that not because I want Rudd to “STFU” but because I know that he is just harming the ALP by telling this lie and acting like a demented fishwife even when he is called on the lie.

    They do matter, and until Abbott tells us exactly what they are (and until they are verified by Treasury), then Rudd’s figure is as good as any.

    No Rudd’s figure has been repeatedly fact checked and found wanting and that means that teh figure is a very long way short of being “as good as any”. If Rudd were being honest he would just drop the stupid and dishonest line of argument and try to retain some dignity instead.

    The focus should not be on Rudd’s claim but on Abbott’s refusal to tell us the real figure and exactly what will be cut.

    Hockey has already outlined 31 billion in savings what more do you want?

    And the reason he didn’t turn up for Q & A was exactly that. If he had shown up, Tony Jones would have put the squeeze on him, not Rudd. Your suggestion that Rudd was shown up somehow under the spotlight for his claims is absurd, given that Abbott was a no show.

    Tony Abbott has already debated Rudd three times and as Tony suggested he did very well against Rudd each time.

    Ok we are now only four days out from the ballot so I’m wondering where your promised post explaining why we should retain the Rudd government is because its well overdue now 😉
    I shall of course understand if you no longer believe we should return Rudd and that is the reason you have not posted….

  23. Tony says:

    “such as it is” ? wtf does this mean ?

    As for the post Iain, he said the last couple of days, that he is not voting labor this time, so I guess the “I love labor” post is out the window again ?
    😉

  24. Ray Dixon says:

    Don’t change the subject, Iain – I’ll put an election ‘summary’ post up when Abbott releases his FULL cost cuts.

    And Rudd is not “lying” about the $70 billion. You can’t “lie” about an unknown figure, you can only speculate what it might be. And based on the only indication so far received, $70 billion is a reasonable speculation. It might be less but it’s certainly a lot more than the $31 billion so far announced – Abbott has said so. So I repeat: in the absence of Abbbott coming clean, Rudd has every right to suggest the cuts will be as high as $70 billion. He’ll stand corrected if it’s less but until then, it’s a fair call.

  25. Iain Hall says:

    Ray

    Don’t change the subject, Iain – I’ll put an election ‘summary’ post up when Abbott releases his FULL cost cuts.

    I was not changing teh subject, just reminding you that you promised to write such a post previously and I’m sad to see that you are following the ALP play book which requires moving goal posts for your undertakings

    And Rudd is not “lying” about the $70 billion. You can’t “lie” about an unknown figure, you can only speculate what it might be.

    That is semantic nonsense Ray. If something has an unknown value and you insist it has any particular value without the clear disclaimer that you are pulling numbers out of the air then it is a deception, a fraud and a lie.

    And based on the only indication so far received, $70 billion is a reasonable speculation.

    How is it AT ALL reasonable when Abbott has denied the figure not once but repeatedly?

    It might be less but it’s certainly a lot more than the $31 billion so far announced – Abbott has said so.

    He has also said that its NOT 70billion

    So I repeat: in the absence of Abbbott coming clean, Rudd has every right to suggest the cuts will be as high as $70 billion. He’ll stand corrected if it’s less but until then, it’s a fair call.

    Ray you are just coating Rudd’s turd in Glitter here and sadly for you it still stinks 🙄

  26. Ray Dixon says:

    I haven’t shifted any goal posts, Iain. I have said all along that I’ll leave my ‘Why Rudd deserves another term’ post to the end of the election period. As for your definition of a “lie”, I’ll let you own that one. Abbott’s cost cuts do not as yet have a publicly known “value”, so anyone is free to speculate on what they might be. I think they’ll be about $50 billion (which is still a hell of a lot of money to take out of the economy – recession here we come) but if I’m wrong about that, I haven’t “lied”. Except according to you.

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