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100 days of the Raj

Thumper 4 March 2008 24

Well folks, we’ve seen 100 days of rule under the new PM, the Kevin07 Roadster.

What changes have we seen? Are they good or bad? Indifferent maybe?

Can he stop interest rates soaring? Has he actually done anything or is it all just symbolism and spin with little actual substance thus far ?

Is only 100 days enough to make a judgement given the fact that the Rudd spinsters have already proclaimed it as one of the greatest periods in Australian History.

Who will all the Howard haters now vent their spleens at?

Will there actually be a new federalism as promised, or will the States and Feds still bicker and refuse to cooperate on solving issues?

Will things get better or worse, especially in Canberra? And how long can the current government keep blaming the previous government for all its woes?

Has the self appointed saviour delivered?

Discuss.


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Thumper Thumper 8:31 am 06 Mar 08

They have done more work in 100 days than the previous incumbents managed in 10 years.

And that my friend is absolute crap.

Even Mr Rudd would agree.

Mælinar Mælinar 12:28 am 06 Mar 08

They have done more work in 100 days than the previous incumbents managed in 10 years.

I’m surprised there hasn’t been any reported spikes in PS stress leave.

But lets break apart some of the rubbish that is being thrown around (sorry astro)

interest rates. there’s one. what is wayne doing? apart from blaming the last lot, fark-all. – How about the media reporting the treasurer is actually aware there is a problem ? Costello would have tried to bluff his way through the situation and blatantly lie, informing the otherwise informed public the exact opposite of what they knew already. Moreover, he’s actually contacted the banks and told them not to play around with this interest rate hike – a cardinal sin under a coalition govt.

immigration? um, carrying on as the last lot did – why do we have bits of strylya that sometimes aren’t bits of strylya? – are you saying that you want them to make policy on the fly ? Lets again remember that the previous mob had over 10 years to implement and tease into policy the current state of affairs. From what I hear, and I haven’t been taking any particular notice of this issue, there’s been an entire culture shift within the Dept, and its a bit of a watch this space – unfortunately we cant just declare an open border while we fix the problems, so the existing system has to be maintained while the new one gets superimposed over it. If I were a gambling man, I’d say it would be a staged coincidence with the rollout of their new visa system, ensuring that new policies are already implemented on the IT platform is a big win, but a project that size takes time.

iraq. how many troops have come home yet? – Was your head in the sand somewhere when we told Ms Rice we are leaving ? From what I know of military deployments, it’ll still be another decade before the last peeps leave, because of one reason or another, the military will find a way to leech on for a longer time than you ever thought was possible. I cannot think of a battle/peacekeeping zone we have been to in the last decade where Australian soldiers have actually all left finally.

the blah blah bit hmm, to really answer that one, it may come as a surprise to you, but traditionally governments asked people for their opinion on things – a policy missing from coalition and local stanhope and co vocabulary.

Its actually not that wrong to find out information before making decisions – saves on potential embarrassment situations like tampagate, the snap 10bn water takeover bid, etc.

Its actually not that hard to find this stuff out if you take your blinkers off and actually look, I’ve seen a lot happening and I’m not particularly observant.

astrojax astrojax 10:57 pm 05 Mar 08

well, they did ratify kyoto outside sitting days, so i’m not sure you can really say we should just discount non-sitting days. there is actually a lot governments can do outside parliament.

including a lot wrong!

Aurelius Aurelius 11:56 am 05 Mar 08

Should we be counting the 100 days since the election? Or the 10 days of parliamentary sittings we’ve had since then?
Realistically, no government can do much outside Parliament. So the 88 non-sitting days count for little.

astrojax astrojax 11:17 pm 04 Mar 08

i’m not sure what ‘100’ days, as opposed to ’86’ or ‘137’ or any other random number has to do with anything except spin… or are we turning even more into america – i thought that was l’il ‘bonsai’ johnny’s bailiwick??

let’s wait until something actually happens, then we’ll see what is being done.

interest rates. there’s one. what is wayne doing? apart from blaming the last lot, fark-all.

immigration? um, carrying on as the last lot did – why do we have bits of strylya that sometimes aren’t bits of strylya?

iraq. how many troops have come home yet?

health care. did someone say ‘a review’? wasn’t that an arts review? or an environment review? or a talkfest, sorry, ideas summit?

the lesson is an old one – vote, and the government just gets in…

bd84 bd84 10:10 pm 04 Mar 08

He’s done exactly what I thought he might.. absolutely nothing. I think Kev will be best known for calling for inquiries and commissions which are an attempt to make it actually look like he’s doing something when they’re not actually going to help solve anything. Then there’s wasting time signing treaties and saying sorry.. which again are just symbolistic.

I don’t see why the polls have Nelson so low.. he’s far from the bumbling idiot Kim Beasley was as opposition leader and he had 40% odd approval rating.

sepi sepi 8:38 pm 04 Mar 08

The Australian is quite pro-Liberal – have a read of that if you need to feel better.

pierce pierce 7:04 pm 04 Mar 08

The media loves doing the whole “first 100 days” analysisfest – getting in first with your own report is just sensible story management.

Of course 100 days is no time at all to make a judgement – but on the trends, it’s encouraging.

A growing majority of Australians appear to agree.
Dry your eyes poppets.

RuffnReady RuffnReady 6:04 pm 04 Mar 08

Firstly, I am not a Labor supporter, nor a Liberal. I believe the two-party system plays a big part in blocking real change.

Sorry and Kyoto were important symbolic gestures, reform of the Electoral Act is a positive, signs of movt. towards cooperative Federalism are a positive. As for interest rates and inflation, they are a product of the global economy and the previous government’s policies – the new government hasn’t had an effect on them yet.

100 days is far too early to judge any government. Give them 2 years and we’ll see what’s been done. I fear it will be more of the same bland garbage we get from both parties.

Crikey Crikey 4:37 pm 04 Mar 08

Petrol and food prices are still high. As usual petrol prices didn’t go down this week because it’s a long weekend. Kevin07 said he’d fix it and hasn’t done nothing.

I wonder if he is still eating his ear-wax? My international friends give me hell over that.

postmanpat postmanpat 4:05 pm 04 Mar 08

When is the 50%childcare rebate kicking in. I am hoping it is not a non-core promise…

Dave_K Dave_K 3:37 pm 04 Mar 08

100 days of spin over substance, aided by a mostly passive media and a demoralised and disorganised opposition. Let’s have a really serious debate about whether cutting government spending is the best way to fight inflation. A lot of the stuff I’ve read suggests that most government spending has a marginal impact on interest rates and inflation. (Maybe there is more I need to read, if so, educate me.) Those who used to mock Howard & Costello’s claims to economic management by getting the budget in surplus to keep interest rates down are now mysteriously quiet about the merits of Rudd’s inflation busting strategy. And how do house prices in Gleneagles Estate fit into this picture too? That’s a serious comment, because of the spending cuts will fall hardest in Canberra.

justbands justbands 3:27 pm 04 Mar 08

> And how long can the current government keep blaming the previous government for all its woes?

Well…based on how long the previous Government kept this up: about 10 years.

I’ll reserve judgement on Rudd & his mates for at least one year.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:22 pm 04 Mar 08

Oh, and Kevin007 mentioned the term “Working Families” only 253892 times in the past 100 days.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:21 pm 04 Mar 08

“He had a haircut.”

I was referring to Kevin007. Maybe Brendan was playing copycat though? 😉

Ralph Ralph 3:21 pm 04 Mar 08

All meaningless gestures.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 3:19 pm 04 Mar 08

I don’t think Rudd’d done anything, really. Kyoto has little meaning for Australia now, and hasn’t really implemented anything (although I believe some environmental stuff in on the cards), and saying sorry was nice and all but again, didn’t achieve much for the majority of Australians.

EtFb EtFb 3:01 pm 04 Mar 08

@Thumper: you might as well ask “if nothing ever caught on fire, what would the fire-fighters point their hoses at?” Or: “if nobody ever got hurt or sick, who would the doctors cure?”

Does the answer “nobody, now that the PM is no longer a pitiful joke” work for you?

Thumper Thumper 2:56 pm 04 Mar 08

And start riding his Harley again…

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 2:55 pm 04 Mar 08

He had a hair cut and his support fell from 9% down to 7%. Maybe if he puts the earing back in and grows a pony tail he might start building that popularity base.

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