On Kev Rudd:
On Brendan Nelson:
"Mr Rudd's papers are fast becoming quite a feature of Parliament's daily main event.
When the PM arrives at question time, he immediately spreads out all his notes into a series of neat piles; there were 14 yesterday, stretching all the way to the end of his extremely long desk.
He fusses over them like a pensioner at Bingo, picking them up, putting them down, straightening them, and leaning out periodically to ensure that the outlying piles have not - God forbid - been disturbed by a stray breeze or nicked by Peter Garrett for recycling."
Both via Steve at Opinion Dominion
"Nelson specialises in anecdotes; the more graphic, the better. Ask him about hospital funding and he will tell you about the 90-year-old with a gangrenous leg he met last week.
Ask him about the regulatory complications in Australian telephony, and he'll give you five minutes on a guy he knows whose son died from an asthma attack because the line was down.
It is not fair to question his actual sincerity about this stuff; he is a man of substantial empathy for those suffering from misfortune.
But it is entirely fair to say that Nelson's attention is drawn disproportionately to the Gothic end of the human suffering spectrum."