posted on Mar, 10 2007 @ 05:48 PM
I am pleased with the appointment of Rudd as Oppositon Leader. There was no way Beazley would have beaten Howard. Barring another miracle like the
Howard government received in 2001 with September 11, I feel Labour is now certain to win government later this year.
Personally, I would prefer Peter Garrett to be PM, but it is extremely unlikely, so at least on the front bench he should have some influence. Three
of the most important issues at the moment are Global Warming, Ties with the US and relations with neighbouring countires in our region, particularly
Indonesia. On all three of these issues, Garrett is ideal to handle them. Limiting coal production is a must, distancing ourselves from the US,
particularly whilst under the control of the Bush administration, and taking a more understanding approach with the perspectives of our neighbouring
countries are winning stategies, that I believe Garrett shares.
In regards to Brian Burke, Howard has shot himself in the foot with this one. By attacking Rudd's judgement, he has left himself wide open for
criticism on his alarming lack of judgement on two of the most prominent issues of the current political landscape. War in Iraq, where he has
endangered the lives and wellbeing of all Australians by blindly supporting the failed strategies of the Bush administration without challenge, and
Global Warming, where even now, he is still someone reluctant to admit that it is a reality.
P.S. Great to finally find a forum covering Australian Politics!