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Ruddish: Rudd's blame game on the economy.



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON. DR BRENDAN NELSON MP

RUDDISH: RUDD’S BLAME GAME ON THE ECONOMY

Rather than getting on with the job and managing the $1.1 trillion dollar Australian economy, Mr Rudd has spent today retreating to his usual approach of talking Ruddish and blaming everyone else for his problems.

We are now in the ninth month since the election, effectively a quarter of the parliamentary term.

Mr Rudd needs to stop blaming others and take responsibility for the economy.

On ABC radio “AM” this morning, the Prime Minister was asked to explain figures showing that retail spending is at the worst level in six years and consumer confidence is at levels not seen since the 1991 recession. Instead of taking responsibility, Mr Rudd argued that everyone else is to blame, including the credit crisis in the United States, the “global oil shock”, and (of course) the previous Coalition Government.

So much for Mr Rudd’s promise to end the blame game!

Mr Rudd argued that his so-called anti-inflation Budget was addressing these problems. However, since the Budget we have seen the ABS confirming that inflation has reached levels not seen since 1995 (when Labor was last in power), with Labor’s Budget putting upward pressure on inflation by hiking taxes on alcohol, cars, travel and transport by trucks and forcing up private health insurance premiums.

Mr Rudd needs to stop blaming everyone else for his problems, stop talking Ruddish and start managing the economy for the benefit of all Australians.

1 August 2008

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