I didn’t watch Q&A on Monday, but did download it on Tuesday after reading about this:
TONY JONES: All right. We’ve got a lot of questions to deal with. You’re watching Q&A where you ask the questions. The next question comes from Michael Bilous.
MICHAEL BILOUS: My question is for Kevin Rudd. In 2010 you took the decision to delay implementing an emissions trading scheme; a scheme which had or appeared to have the support of the majority of the population and which contributed to your election of your government in 2007. In the light of the current acrimonious debate over a carbon price, do you regret making that decision?
KEVIN RUDD: I think my judgment then was wrong. We…
JULIE BISHOP: I know why you think that.
KEVIN RUDD: No, it was just – the reason was it’s wrong.
JULIE BISHOP: Well, you were convinced to do it, Kevin.
KEVIN RUDD: Well, hang on. Leave that to one side.
JULIE BISHOP: You can be honest…
Now what is really going on here? It’s hard not to concur with today’s Herald editorial.
KEVIN RUDD’S admission on Monday that he was wrong as prime minister to have shelved plans for tackling climate change has opened a new, intriguing front in Australian politics. Looking relaxed on ABC TV’s Q&A, the Foreign Affairs Minister made a rare confession for a political leader: ”On balance it was a wrong call, for which I uniquely am responsible.” Coincidentally, Malcolm Turnbull, a former Liberal leader, has been speaking out on another issue that has troubled some voters with liberal instincts: the dismissal by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, of Julian Assange, the Australian who founded WikiLeaks, as a law-breaker.
Their remarks come as the centre ground of federal politics is up for grabs. Both Gillard and the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, are struggling to capture voters’ imaginations. This partly explains a drift of federal votes to the Greens, on whose parliamentary support Gillard’s minority government depends. As the first anniversary of his unseating by Gillard approaches, Rudd seems to be seizing a chance to trail his coat as a figure who is prepared to speak out more boldly than his successor, whose grasp on power remains tenuous…