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Kevin 07 and Kevin 08: a tale of two Rudds.

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Wed, 27th August 2008 KEVIN 07 AND KEVIN 08 - A TALE OF TWO RUDDS

Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson Shadow Special Minister of State

“When you scratch the surface with Kevin Rudd, you quickly discover he is the most scripted and rehearsed politician we have ever seen in Australia,” said Senator Michael Ronaldson, Shadow Special Minister of State.

“The table below is an analysis of some of Kevin Rudd’s most scripted words in the nine months before the election and in the nine months since the election. The contrast and change in language is stark and provides food for thought on a day when Kevin Rudd uses his National Press Club speech in an attempt to redefine his Government’s narrative.

“Before the election, Kevin Rudd was fond of boasting that the buck would stop with him and it was time to end the blame game between state and federal governments. But since the election, and now that he is Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd doesn’t appear to want to remind voters that the buck does now stop with him.

“The scripted words ‘global oil shock’ are another case in point. In all his years of public life, Kevin Rudd never once uttered the words ‘global oil shock’ until 10 June 2008 when he was in Japan.

“It’s no surprise that Kevin Rudd and Labor never offered ‘global oil shock’ as an explanation for surging petrol prices when they were in Opposition. Instead, they tried to lay the blame for oil prices at the feet of the Howard Government. Now that surging oil prices is his problem, Kevin Rudd is desperately trying to put as much distance as he possibly can between his Government and current petrol prices.

“Kevin Rudd might be a good wordsmith, but clever words don’t reduce petrol and grocery prices and clever words won’t put downward pressure on inflation.

“Kevin Rudd’s clever use of words doesn’t fool anyone. Australians know they are paying more for groceries and petrol under Kevin Rudd’s watch even though on 87 occasions before the election he claimed to have ‘fresh ideas’ to bring costs of living down.

“Kevin Rudd is trying to reduce the enormous job of running a $1 trillion economy into a slogan on a bumper-sticker,” said Senator Michael Ronaldson, Shadow Special Minister of State.