November 24th, 2007 at 11:29pm
Kevin Rudd acknowledges John Howard’s contribution to the nation, and wishes him and Janette all the best for the future.
“The future, the future, the future”
Kevin Rudd thanks Australia for voting for him and his team, and promises to never take Australia’s trust for granted.
A lot of this is regurgitated from previous speeches, and there doesn’t seem to be much content here…nearly five minutes of “I will represent all Australians, here are all the categories”.
Kevin Rudd wants to get rid of the “old battles” between various interest groups…but he wants to “forge a consensus”, how do you force people to agree with each other.
“The future, the future”
Reads the headlines of the policy list.
“Build a 21st century infrastructure for a 21st century economy” (Huh???)
More cliches and headlines
“The task ahead will not be an easy one”.
Kevin wants to “prosecute” his agenda…implement perhaps Kevin?
“Hello to the US, and Asia, and Europe, and beyond”.
Thanks his electorate.
“My local community is the rock on which everything else is built”.
More from the policy sheet.
Thanks the Labor supporters for keeping the faith.
Gives special mention to asbestos sufferer and campaigner Bernie Banton…and uses it to (alarm bells) mention “the great trade union movement”. I thought we were distancing ourselves from the unions? Peter Garrett’s promised backflip starting already?
Thanks Julia Gillard.
Thanks Wayne Swan.
Thanks his team.
Thanks Labor president John Faulkner.
Thanks the campaign team.
Thanks the supporters “one and all”.
Thanks his chief of staff and deputy chief of staff “He’s had to put with me for five years” (in a “that’s a bad thing” tone).
Thanks his wife Therese Rein, doesn’t show her as much affection as I would have thought, but does speak highly of her without ever mentioning the “love” word.
Thanks his kids individually (how much longer can this list go on for).
Thanks his entire family.
Honours the memory of his parents
“You know something”
Finally some content…perhaps…nope, more campaign stuff.
“We have a job of work to do”
“I thank the nation”
Finally hugs and shows his wife lots of affection.
Twenty minutes of that speech…if you’re wondering why I wrote it up as a list, it’s because it was presented as one. Kevin Rudd is an awful public speaker, but hopefully he will do a good job as prime minister. I was disappointed that the speech was presented that way…perhaps he should have spoken before John Howard because the speech wasn’t as good.
I will put both speeches online later.
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