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(generated from captions) is out to do the same thing and another celebrity candidate Howard's Sydney seat of Bennelong. this time landing in Prime Minister's She's brilliant and clearly brazen impartiality, with a record of impeccable many years at that hotbed of pinko, quite something given she spent as the national broadcaster, the ABC. left leaning bias we know She is, of course, Maxine McKew. That was terrific. I love alliteration. Maxine, clearly mad and foresaking the ABC alliteration. Maxine, you're

ways and a nice hope in leafy Mosman. What salary was that, run that by me again! We all know! I think a fair number of my Journo mates have been polite but saying, gutsy but totally insane. mates have been polite but been

It's not, why am I doing this? Bennelong is a winnable seat for the Labor Party. It requires a swing of about 4%. Clearly there were in the NSW branch of the Labor about 4%. Clearly there were people

Party suggesting and encouraging me to run for a seat this year and several seats were suggested. I had to make this decision myself. I wasn't going top hand myself over to the party without making some independent judgments about this. When I looked around where I lived and it is one seat across from where I live and it is on 4%. That's about 3.5% , 4,000 people need to change their minds and vote for Kevin Rudd at the election year. So I thought, well, can I for Kevin Rudd at the election this

this? Now, it is completely year. So I thought, well, can I do

intimidating to think that I can stand against John Howard who has been in politics since 1974, he's had Bennelong, this is a long time. People there know him and him. And there's a lot of people People there know him and respect

there who like the fact that he's the Prime Minister. And he is a champion campaigner in that area. I've heard people saying that the Prime Minister will have to more time in Benne flrbgs ong, he Prime Minister will have to spend

already does T would be foolish me to think he's a part time member. already does T would be foolish of

You would also expect the party to put all of their weight behind to get the seat. I think in the put all of their weight behind him

past, the Labor Party has been cavalier, it's ignored seats like Bennelong but when you look at the dim owe graphic and boundary change, the seats look move north and west and it is coming Labor's way and I think the Labor Party has been slow in recognising that this is one of the seat it is should put a lot of resources in. The most important person in terms of campaigning with me will be the new Labor Kevin Ruddment and I think he has a me will be the new Labor leader

melsage that will reso nait with families. Before we talk Kevin and his involvement here, families. Before we talk about

there was a great divot that I read, think from -- great quote that I read, I think from Geraldine Doug and she said one of the things about you is that you're not afraid of power. Do you think that that quality as well as your experience as a journo puts you in a position to take on the Prime Minister? I have my fears. The idea that this is a fearless Maxine, it is not true. You look fearless. I may is a fearless Maxine, it is just

not show it but this is the biggest step. I'm not a particularly - I don't go looking for risk. I'm not the sort of person who goes paragliding. You know that German woman who got sucked up into the air pocket and passed out. And I did think of this because it literally within days of me making the announcement, well she had a safe landsing. You're not really answering the question. politician is emerging! Absolutely. answering the question. The

It is interesting, if you about it, if Howard wins the seat It is interesting, if you think

of Bennelong, he hasn't really commit today a full term if he wins the seat. It's unlikely that he'll do a full term as Prime Minister? I don't know. John Howard's whole life has been the Australian Parliament. I don't think he's got a lot of interests outside of the Parliament. I see him probably in the British tradition actually. Wheel him out, you mean? No, many members who stay around in Parliament. For instance, if Kevin Rudd wins the election and John Howard retains his seat that's an option you've got to consider, I hope Kevin Rudd wins the election, I'm barracking for him, the Prime Minister, sorry John Howard could still win that seat and some journalists say he'll go off and there will be a by-election in three months, I don't make that assumption, not at all. I have to consider all possibilities and I think it is a measure of my seriousness. Some people are foolishly saying this is a stunt. I'm selling my house, Bob, partner is looking at places like I'm selling my house, Bob, my

Denniston and Epping and it sz - apart from campaigning against the Prime Minister, the next most stressful thing you can do is pack up your house, sell a house, buy another house and do it all pretty quickly. We have to do this really within the next couple of months. You don't do that if you're not serious about the endeavour. True, but obviously your criticism from lots of your journo mates that you run interference, is that the case? See how you go and if you don't go so well, they'll give you another one? No, I've made a decision. I'm move noog the electorate now. The idea, if I don't win, I'll sell my house next year. That's ludious and it's not the way I operate not who I am. I'm doing this and it's not the way I operate and

because as I say, number one, it a winnable seat, and number two, I because as I say, number one, it is

suppose where I am, I'm confident that I can take some of arguments up to John Howard. I that I can take some of the

happen to have a view that we've had 11 years of Government and a lot of us have had 11 years of coalition

enjoyed the prosperity that has rolled on in Australia - me included. But I think for all that we're a rich country, we've really fallen behind in a lot of things. We haven't addressed the fact that we need a really modern, progressive 21st century education system, the kind that competes against Korea and Finland. Why are we concerned? Because suddenly we found that our maths and science scores are behind Korea and Finland. How did that happen? Other issues like climate change. Again, we've suddenly what discovered global warming.? It would appear that Prime Minister is somewhat less of warming.? It would appear that the

a sceptic than he was say six months ago. But I think Australian people are going to say, look, you're just a five minute convert, come on, where have you been? And at the end of this month instance, Kevin and the rest of us at the end of this month for

are organising a climate summit and that is going to bring are organising a climate change

together the best scientific brains and along with the business community and other key players and say, what is the most comprehensive plan that Australia needs, not just for the next five minutes but for the next quarter sentsurey. We need to look at all of our energy to look at all of our energy needs on the demand side and look at the cars we drive. And you shouldn't be looking about your Holden David, you should be talking about a hybrid car. What are you driving? A land Cruiser, go on, tell us. How did you get to Melbourne? You're right, but I couldn't bike to Melbourne. I drive a Honda but I'm thinking the next car, the Max Mobile has to be a fuel efficient car. It does, lots of hills in Bennelong. You initially were lured to the ALP as a strategic advisor to Kevin Rudd. I'm not sure what that means, but what would you be advising him now. would you be advising him now. At the time, did you know that he had supped with the devil. Kevin made it clear that he put on it clear that he put on the record late last year that he had the meetings with Brian Burke and meetings with Brian Burke and we've seen what's happened in the last couple of days. What would couple of days. What would I advise? Exactly what he's done. He's come clean, he said, "I had these meetings" and it was a these meetings" and it was a poor judgment call. He's put it on the table. Are you surprised at the way the Government has attacked him on this? I suppose the only thing on this? I suppose the only thing I can say is exactly what can say is exactly what I've been hearing from the taxi drivers hearing from the taxi drivers or people at the Clean Up Australia thing, people are sick of this. This is why they hate politicians. They say, come on, what has Brian Burke got to do with what Burke got to do with what we're going to be voting on six months from now. What has Brian Burke got to do with having a happen education system, climate change, how reconduct our alliance with the United States or the rising powers of China. And there are plenty of joing urnos saying, this is unusual for the Prime Minister to play the man and not the party. Does it mean he's under stress? Kevin has made the point and I do as well because it is the feed back I'm getting, there's a real - I think the Labor message is touching a chord out there because people are saying, look, we've rocked ie long well but maybe we've been too complacent. Maybe it is time to have a change. And I don't think votes are locked in, we know they're not but people are looking at Kevin in a are looking at Kevin in a different way saying, yeah, you're a professional bloke, you've got a lot of intellectual confidence and I think he also represents a different kind of leader and that is, what I mean by that. I modern leaders have to modern leaders have to anticipate change. You can not simply wait until the change is upon you like something like climate change. You have to anticipate it and deal with it. And also, importantly, I think good leaders admit when they've made an error and Kevin's done that. What about issues of family. It seems now that family issues are more and more on the table. People are wanting to take part in the family life more and more and have work as clearly important but not the central focus on the life. If there's something that I'm there's something that I'm wanting to talk and to listen to people in Bennelong about, it is the whole issue of work and family. It is interesting, interesting, we're coming up to International Women's Day Tomorrow and I got into the workforce into the dinosaur age 30 years ago. And a loft the things we're talking about now, childcare and maternity leave, we were talk being in the '70s and I come and say it is still too tough particularly for working women. Also on families, there's financial stress but particularly tough on working women. And we have to say why? Why haven't we got a better mix? In Bennelong, there is a mix of professional women in the workforce but a lot of part time mums, mums with first babies and mums, mums with first babies and go back. If they're lucky. And part time work is what a lot of mothers want. That's fine, but often as you know, a part time job is more know, a part time job is more than a part time job. It's not quite full time, but boy, it's more than part time and I'm concerned are women being paid properly for that and I'm also concerned about the prestige for that. And we know if you get stuck on the part you get stuck on the part time track, you're not considered for the promotions and there's not the promotions and there's not as much prestige attached to it. You're not taken seriously. I You're not taken seriously. I know at Channel 10, there's a big effort in making sure that part time workers are valued and that's what smart employers do. I think we have to encourage a lot more of them to do. We've run out of time. It's a delight to meet you and we wish you all the best. Invite me back when I'm... talk to a lot more people. We promise we won't ask you stupid kpwes like, "are you in love with Kevin Rudd". I copped that one last month. 30 years in journalism, I missed that one. Bob and I have been together 17 years, he's my prince! Good luck, thank you. Thank you for your time this around the country, stay with us.