Kevin Rudd released his top5 "To-Do" list in an interview with The Sun-Herald last weekend.
- climate change
- computers in schools
This gives him the "soft", people-centred tasks. Signing the Kyoto Protocol and setting interim targets is largely symbolic, but allows us to have a greater say at the next round of negotiations in Bali. The Coalition won't sign, and we'll be in the back blocks, left out of key negotiations.
Education, health, fast broadband (especially for regional areas) and computers in schools will appeal to most sections of the community.
John Howard has reacted with:
- strong economy (growth)
- "election promises"
- Takeover of the Murray-Darling Basin
- talking about recognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution
The trouble for Mr Howard is that economic growth is not what is needed, and his election promises, if implemented, will drive inflation for years after he retires. Further, his economic record speaks of WorkChoices, a term he now avoids, but which he did not tell voters about last time.
He gave no detail about further "security" legislation that he wants. (shades of WorkChoices?)
John Howard believes his use of "economic management" will win votes. If voters think about his promises, and the current state of the economy, it could be political poison for him.