Seems forever ago, doesn't it?
Ah for the good old days. At least there was color and movement.
Here's what one ALP thinker had to say after the last federal election:
[I don't know who; I didn't keep that bit, although it may have been Tanner. I don't know when or what paper; I didn't keep that bit either.]
"Last-minute announcements that have no connection with Labor's earlier positioning simply invite voters to question our sincerity. Our key policy announcements must reflect at least two years of hard work and advocacy, not gimmicks and giveaways. [Hello Julia and Medicare Gold! Hello Kev-07 and mega-medical centres!]I know we're not within the campaign phase yet, but does anyone smell that no lessons were learned?
"More coherent and focused election commitments are a central element in rebuilding our economic credibility and connects with a message on tax - that the tax burden in overall terms is too high and Labor's bias is to reducing it, not increasing it."
Does anyone know what the ALP tax policy is; or recall Rudd whispering anything about plans to reduce the tax burden?
Can anyone pick a policy, any policy, that might, just might, have spent a couple of years being carefully gestated by the ALP prior to being spewed into the public sphere?