This is the first of two pieces on the UK Election, this one for ASPI’s Strategist.
Kevin Rudd can do it, although you don’t see him doing it on the news. But he’s quite adept at talking and walking at the same time.
The only thing he can’t do is stand still. If he did people might begin to ask questions, as this column in Saturday’s Canberra Times points out . . .
Kevin Rudd’s moving faster than anyone thought possible.
Most particularly, he’s moving inside the coalition’s time-frame for decision making and acting.
This Canberra Times column examines how the ‘election deciders’ are reacting . . .
What can one say?
Kevin Rudd has transformed politics since his returned as Prime Minister.
Yet I suspect there is a lingering distaste at the way he’s manipulating the electorate, as this column published in the Canberra Times suggests . . .
It is, surely, impossible for someone to appear respectable in public but in private to turn into a tantrum-throwing, swearing, and callous manipulator capable of doing anything to advance themselves. So, let’s leave the realm of fantasy and instead discuss the real subject of this column: Australian politics.
There’s nothing like the ultimate deterrent.
It’s what ‘defence’ is all about. Being able to hurt an opponent so much that they decide not to tangle with you. This is very different, of course, from the ability to fight a war.
Currently, Australia has a defence force armed and equipped to do the latter. Some people want to do the former. The only way we can is with a nuclear armed submarine, as this article in the Canberra Times suggested . . .
We need a new Defence White Paper.
It shouldn’t be like the last one – a definitive statement of government policy. Instead it needs to play with three concepts: what will war be like in the future, what weapons will be decisive, and how can we obtain and build these.
This piece appears in the Canberra Times today . . .
I would argue nothing. This document has confirmed, conclusively, that Labor is now in opposition and Tony Abbott’s setting the political agenda, as this piece published in the Canberra Times asserts . . .