Note to readers. I am treating this post as my Monday Forum post. I am told that the debate got better during the Q&As. Maybe I'm wrong in my initial reaction, but I found myself disappointed and quite angry. What was your reaction to the debate? What did you learn from it that was new in terms of policies, style of government?
This will be tomorrow's post. I'm sorry, but I switched the debate off. This is what I wrote on Twitter:
What a boring lot of twaddle. I switched off the Rudd v Abbott debate. It's like listening to a narrow middle management job interview.
Seriously, and maybe it improved later with questions, but it was the most boring job interview I ever heard. I wanted to know what both thought were the key issues for our future, a bit of high level stuff backed up later in questions with additional details. What should we aim for over the next three years, how might we get there?
Surely that's not too much to ask? It doesn't have to be perfect, but it gives me a basis for choice. To the degree that each leads a team, I wouldn't vote for either.
How about something like this. "I will leave the detail to the questions. In the short time I have, I want to tell you about the most pressing challenges Australia faces and what we will do to address them."