Rudd has conceded that Abbott is right on both those policies [carbon tax and border protection]. He couldn’t really object to moves to curb union power either. The core message of the Rudd sequel so far is that Labor has been wrong, and trust Labor to fix it.
Rudd is appalling at developing policies. He is even worse at implementing them. Why would anyone think they should trust Labor to fix problems of its own making?
Don’t forget that in 2006 Rudd said that the Pacific Solution was unethical. In 2007 he said he would turn back the boats. In 2008 he dismantled the Pacific Solution and encouraged 1100 people to sacrifice their lives on that appalling Rudd policy. In 2013 he is promising a policy that is tougher than the Pacific Solution. What really can we expect from a re-elected Rudd Government in 2014? Certainly no coherent, sensible and consistent policy implemented well.
No, a re-elected Rudd Government would be a magnet for more people to travel by boats to Australia, knowing that Rudd and his ilk can only tough it out for a little while and the compassionistas will force a wind back in any policy intent, let alone in policy outcome. Rudd hasn’t a solution. He has a thought bubble which cannot be implemented by any Labor Government.