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 Age – Editorial
Quite effusive in its praise.
The Age – Jaspan 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 Age – Grattan, Rudd delivers progress report
A fairly fact-oriented report on the release of the government’s First 100 Days document.
The Australian – Franklin, 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 Australian – Shanahan, Kevin’s three pillars challenge for next 1000 days
Does not really add much to the debate, I’m sorry to say.
The Australian – Kelly, 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.
SMH – Crabb, 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 Mail – Porteous, 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 Sun – Bolt, 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.
Blogocracy – Bad 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.