One hundred days of Rudd Labor

Time flies, as they say, when you are having fun. I am not sure the Rudd Labor Government has been having fun in office, but the consensus seems to be that they have done an excellent job so far. The “hundred days in office” narrative has already attracted quite a good deal of commentary and analysis in the mainstream media, which I’ve decided to summarise below. To be honest I think the government’s achievements speak for themselves [PDF], and Australia can, at least thus far, feel quite proud about the decision it made last November.

The AgeEditorial
Quite effusive in its praise.

The AgeJaspan and Grattan, A Long March
You can certainly tell whose camp The Age is in, not unjustifiably. To be quite honest I am a bit over the thinly veiled and pointless Chinese communism references, however.

The AgeGrattan, Rudd delivers progress report
A fairly fact-oriented report on the release of the government’s First 100 Days document.

The AustralianFranklin, Rudd says no to Left agenda
Tries quite hard to turn Federal Labor’s commitment to actually delivering on what it promised as a repudiation of “leftism”. Err, no, that’s just called ethical governance in a democratic society.

The AustralianShanahan, Kevin’s three pillars challenge for next 1000 days
Does not really add much to the debate, I’m sorry to say.

The AustralianKelly, Brace for it
Focuses quite squarely on the inflation bogey currently dominating political debate in Australia. Quite positive all in all about the way the government has taken to the job at hand like ducks to water.

SMHCrabb, Softer side of Rudd begins to emerge
One of the best pieces from Crabb that I have read for some time. The silly hat is flung to the side for a moment, and we get to consider a few slightly fluffy although insightful aspects of Rudd’s character. The touching Nguyen vignette is a must-read.

Courier MailPorteous, Here’s a list of my achievements, boasts PM
This being a paper from up north, Porteous can’t resist throwing in a reference to Rudd’s apparent weight gain since becoming Prime Minister. Nevertheless a reasonable summary of reactions to the publication of the booklet.

Herald SunBolt, One word from Rudd makes all better
Bolt does his usual gross simplification of things, still stung it seems by the majority of the nation’s gracious embrace of the apology to the stolen generations. Get over it, Andrew.

BlogocracyBad move, Kev
I think Tim’s overstating the danger here for the government in releasing this self-celebratory booklet. This could of course backfire a little bit, but in general I think that the Rudd Government has done a good job, most people accept that, and that therefore this piece of slight self-congratulation is not out of order. Particularly if funded by the party and not the taxpayer.

5 thoughts on “One hundred days of Rudd Labor

  1. Nice roundup, Guy. Especially since I don’t have the patience to read through the local dailies myself.

    I have to say I was pretty cynical about this report card idea when I first heard about it, particularly since the gumint had been (rightly) lambasting Howard’s mob for wasting money on propaganda. However, from the perspective of accountability and so on, I now reckon it’s a pretty good idea.

    I’d like to see such reporting become a regular feature, so long as there are some measures in place to ensure that it remains more or less objective. It would be handy at the state level, too.

  2. The electorate’s view at the moment seems quite clear. Morgan’s 64.5/35.5 says it all. The apparent deluge of nominations for the 2020 Summit reinforces this.

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  4. Too right Kevin – to be honest it’s hard to think of where the government has put a foot wrong so far.

    Damian, I think the idea of periodic reporting is good, but honestly I think it is unlikely that the “report cards” that this government or other governments put out are likely to be particularly objective. I haven’t gone through the government’s actual publication in detail, but although I am likely to agree with many of its positive assessments, I can’t see it being likely that the government is going to rap itself across the knuckles very often.

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