Thirty years ago, his and her towels were all the rage for the bathroom. Same colour, same size – the only difference was the two letters embroidered on each.
It would seem to be that way for the policies of the two combatants waging battle in the Canberra Coliseum (so much better than a barroom brawl, I say, and more enterataining than a bullfight – much more blood) – very little difference.
It is war about personalities and character, not about policies.
So this is what those two letters look like:
- The Ruddster would try to accelerate the introduction of the ETS but stick with the intial carbon tax of $23 per tonne – without more details, this does not look like much of a difference, particularly if the ETS has a floor price as is contained in the current legislation. There is also an issue about whether accelerating the ETS would even be practical.
- “I dont’ want to live in a country that doesn’t make things” Kevvie would be even more protectionist than the Ranga – which is saying something. He was disappointed that the Green Car Scam was ditched, one of the very few good changes that Gillard made although she was part of dreaming up the racket – alternatively called ‘co-investment’ – in the first place.
- KRudd doesn’t have the stomach for offshore processing of asylum seekers, so expect even more boat arrivals. “I wasn’t even consulted on the Malaysian solution” – which may or may not have been the case.
- To dream the impossible dream of Australia securing a position on the UN Security Council would require even more dollars to be wasted, despots to be feted and propped up and a second embasssy established in Sierra Leone.
- The man plotting Kevenge would seek to throw even more hard-earned taxpayer funds into the bottomless pit of the public hospitals and yak on about a federal takeover if the states do not behave, which they never will according to the Gospel according to Kevin.
But, all up, a very narrow shaft of light between the two prize fighters in policy terms.
The policy packages of both are very weak and getting worse, but one would be inclined to award the fight to Jools, on points.
UPDATE: Professor Rudd thinks that restoring the HECS discount for maths and science would be good. All the evidence suggests that this policy was completely ineffective.