There is no love lost between Craig Emerson and Kevin Rudd, but Emerson confirms that Rudd wants to emulate fellow Queenslander Andrew Fisher who served three separate terms as Prime Minister (13.11.1908 – 2.6.1909; 29.4.1910 – 24.6.1913; 17.9.1914 – 27.10.1915). This was one reason Rudd delivered a speech in Gympie, where Fisher lived and where there is an Andrew Fisher museum.
Rudd has told three journalists at this newspaper that he wants to emulate Fisher and become a three-time Labor prime minister. He has described himself as a “determined bastard”.
But even the Labor Party is not so silly as to try to inflict Rudd on the voting populace three times. Rudd might have his delusion, but he is no Fisher.
While Labor is squabbling amongst itself, and no doubt start to trash Rudd yet again, never forget that Labor twice tried to present Rudd as a sound and stable leader.
Emerson is now casting stones, but why didn’t he speak out against Rudd during the campaign? A profile in courage he is not.
Meanwhile two-time Labor assassin Bill Shorten wants to be the new Labor leader. He gave a rambling speech and said
I will not sit idly by and watch the wrecker of Australian politics tear down the accomplishments of the last six years.
Apparently Shorten hasn’t heard that the Australian people don’t think much of these so-called accomplishments.
He promises to oppose the repeal of the carbon tax.
That’s surprising since the Australian people have now voted twice against a carbon tax. In 2010 when neither major party said they would introduce a carbon tax and in 2013 when both major parties said they would abolish it. During the campaign Kevin Rudd admitted that Labor had no mandate to bring in a carbon tax. So how can it possibly have a mandate to oppose the abolition of a carbon tax?