In his following speech, he made a number of assertions:
- "people must decide who is most able to not only to preserve Australia's prosperity, but build it to make sure it is fairly spread"
QUESTION: Is WorkChoices designed to fairly spread the nation's wealth, or to reduce pay and conditions of millions of "worker units"?
COMMENT: in his 11 years as Prime Minister, the number of people living in poverty in Austrlia has increased from 7% to 10% of people.
- "There is no reason why the current unemployment can't go lower"
QUESTION: An admirable aim. What effect will even lower employment have on inflation? Interest rates? When interest rates have moved in the last two years, what has been the movement? (UP)
- "I have always wanted to achieve reconciliation (with indigenous people)", he said.
QUESTION: Demonstrate your track record on reconciliation over the last 11 years?
- Mr Howard said that if reelected as Prime Minister, Peter Costello would be Treasurer.
QUESTION: Won't Peter Costello become Prime Minister next term?
- Mr Howard asserts that there is "nothing balanced" in having a Federal Labor Government and Labor state governments.
QUESTIONS: When has the financial bullying and political blackmailing by the Federal Government over funding to states been balanced? Is forcing a politically-set history curriculum on states "balanced"?
- Climate Change and reconciliation positions seem have have been reversed, or at least seemingly altered.
QUESTION: Is that just political opportunism, cynicism, or both?
Update: Kevin Rudd's Response
Kevin Rudd has said, in response
- that the election IS about a new style of leadership that is needed. That was John Howard's attack on Paul Keating way back in 1996!
COMMENT: Kevin Rudd's leadership, like John Howard's, is "Presidential" in style. John Howard like power, Kevin Rudd wants voters to focus on his popularity.
- he has a plan, and understands the challenges facing Australia.
COMMENT: Perhaps, but it is not yet fully articulated, except for Workchoices. That will come during the campaign, we hope.
- he will ratify the Kyoto Protocol, and will NOT develop nuclear power stations.
COMMENT: this will certainly attract voters away from John Howard, whose plan is really about extra profit-driven "Carbon-trading", but this will mean reliance on coal, or gas-fired, power stations.