Kevin Rudd has begun his second term as Prime Minister in much the same way as he ended his first, with back-flips and dog-whistles on immigration. Through his latest capitulation to Tony Abbott, Rudd 2.0 is providing more than just neat symmetry. He has left no doubt that win or lose this election, the conservative side of politics will continue to shape Australia’s asylum seeker policy. It’s an error that will have serious consequences for his party and our nation.
While it’s been in office for almost 6 years, many Australians are still unsure about what their Labor Government stands for. Part of this stems from Labor’s inability to use the authority of incumbency to set the political agenda.