"[T]he Costello-Howard leadership wrangle obscured what was undoubtedly the biggest porky of the week. Launching his new $600 million rental assistance package, Kevin Rudd set up one of those excruciatingly scripted "photo opportunties" with hard-pressed renter Joanna Harris.
During their "spontaneous" conversation that went to air on the evening bulletins, Rudd did a quick calculation on Joanna's rent and informed her confidently she'd be "$50 a week better off" under Labor.
Except she wouldn't. Because Rudd's plan extends only to new rental housing that won't come on line until about 2011. Bad luck Joanna and the other half a million Australians currently renting.
If Rudd tried that on during an election campaign he'd be finished. Because it's those kinds of lies that count."