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Dare we trust him?

by Claire 12/14/2007 7:22:00 AM

If Clive Hamilton is right, it's all looking good for Australia at the Climate Change Conference in Bali after Kevin Rudd gave his big speech yesterday.  According to an article just published on Crikey's website...

Rudd chose a lot of strong language which he knows will be used against him in the future if he fails to deliver.

"Australia now stands ready to assume its responsibility … Climate change is the defining challenge of our generation … one of the greatest moral, economic and environmental challenges of our age."

And he promised the assembled delegates that his Government is "prepared to take on the challenge, to do the hard work now and to deliver a sustainable future."

This is despite Kevin Rudd's much publicised and slightly worrying refusal to endorse a 25 to 40 per cent cut in 1990 greenhouse gases levels by 2020 until the Garnaut Report is delivered next year.

I want to trust him, I really do.... 

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Kevin07 - Happy?

by Claire 11/29/2007 5:00:00 AM

Well I'm glad that's over with!

What a result, Australia finally decided to vote little johnnie out.  Very lucky for this family, because had the result been different, we were ready to pack up & move to the UK, NZ, Canada(??), the Maldives, wherever!  (Not joking)

The question remains:  Did we vote John out, or Kevin in? 

Was it just "time for a change" (I can do without hearing that expression again), or is Phillip Adams onto it? (Worth a read!).   Very interesting that Howard was, right up till the last minute, the favourite on economic management, yet he still lost everything.  Does that mean that we Australians have a heart after all?  That we care about the environment too?

Also very interesting that here in WA we still favoured the Liberals.  Apparently that's cos we're all doing so darned well over here at the moment.

Personally, I'm just so very relieved at the result, but I'm not expecting miracles.  Kevin might be a great guy but I'm almost sure he's going to have trouble implementing all those wonderful policies he sold us on.  I imagine he'll be under a fair bit of pressure from all sides, particularly the union movement & the Greens.   Speaking of the Green issue, here's an article from Dr Guy Pearse on how to tell if & when Kevin sells out.

On another personal note, I'd like to thank everyone who supported Gary Warden in his bid for the Senate.  Needless to say he didn't make it, but that's no surprise.  Atleast we had a bash at it, & I don't think we've seen the last of him yet.

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