Monday, July 05, 2010

Ms Gillard's conundrum

One of the most interesting but also problematical things about the changes being made by Australia's new PM is simply understanding what it all means. This is not a criticism, just a statement of personal confusion. It's quite hard to make an overall policy assessment when you don't know what's in and what's out.

If I were to use the New South Walesing analogy that I have used before, the Gillard Government would become a pragmatic centre-right Government (ALP people in NSW hate the centre-right tag) with a somewhat mechanistic and authoritarian policy approach tailored at the margin to appeal to current hot buttons as revealed by polling, focus groups and other measures of popular opinion.

I just don't know. I am pretty sure that Ms Gillard will have a better management style than KRudd and that will help the system. Beyond that, it is going to be fascinating to watch!

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