Dear Mr Rudd
Congratulations on becoming Prime Minister. Again. As someone who is passionate about the Nation of Australia, I am writing to you as a citizen who would like to input into the future direction of your Government – however long that may be, in reference to the looming election.
1) I would hope that once and for all, the distracting infighting within the ALP will now cease and you and your party will get on with the reason you are actually there – to be the Government of the day for Australia. The opinion polls are showing a routing at the polls for the ALP come election day, but the nation will not be well served with a massive majority Coalition Government kept unaccountable by a seriously decimated Labor Party. For good governance in a democracy requires effective opposition.
2) I would like for you to explain to the Australian people, how, after a protracted three year civil war within the ALP, where there have been many casualties and some of the best talent the ALP has to offer, have now either resigned, been sacked or at the very least neutralized, are you going to put forward a Cabinet of competent experienced Ministers who can govern this nation effectively?
3) The media talk about whether you can stop the boats and critics of that statement see people who make it as intolerant or racist. I don’t want you to stop the boats per se, I want you to stop the drownings. With over 1000 people drowning in the last 2 years, this is simply an unacceptable humanitarian crisis in our Northern waters. Related to this issue, we must treat those people who do make it into our waters more humanly and I would encourage you to visit Manus Island detention centre and see what kind of a statement that makes about Australia’s heart. We do need a generous and orderly immigration policy that provides solutions and resettlement for people who come from some of the major conflict areas of the world, or those experiencing persecution or natural disasters. To date, the current government has made a mess of this and people are suffering as a result.
4) I would like an explanation as to some of the apparent stuff ups of the Government. Address some of the concerns that have been around for a while about the wastage related to the Building Education Revolution and the Pink Bats Scheme. I would also like you to explain the reasons behind the failure of the Mining Tax and why these issues weren’t forecast and addressed.
5) You have already flagged the Carbon tax for destruction. Can you explain the failure of the Carbon Tax to address with any significance the apparent climate change that the world is experiencing – which I believe you described as “the greatest moral, social and economic dilemma of our time”. Also please explain why going to an Emissions Trading Scheme will be better for the environment than a Carbon Tax.
5) For me, I would like to see Australia have a Prime Minister of exemplary character. I think the Australian people deserve an explanation of your conduct since being ousted 3 years ago by your deputy Julia Gillard. From my perspective, you have spent three years underhandedly plotting revenge, and you have been rewarded because of your outstanding success at being Gillard’s Judas. Your consistent denials have only cemented my concerns about the integrity of your character. Additionally, your own colleagues over the last 3 years have certainly provided plenty of fuel to my concerns about your character and your fitness to lead the nation.
6) As you head into the election, I think you should layout very clearly the economic management plan you have for the nation’s economy. With the 12th largest economy in the world, Australia needs a sound economic strategic plan that helps us negotiate the softening of the mining boom. I would also like to see the plan you have for paying down the nation’s debt. A side note to the economy, electricity prices are hurting many low income Australians and the continual increases need to be addressed. It’s a sad day in the Standard of Living stakes, when Australians are living in cold houses because they can’t afford to heat a room.
7) When engaging with the Opposition, engage on firm policy debate instead of hype and rhetoric. Making a comment about a Diplomatic War being sparked with Indonesia, if Tony Abbott gets into office is unhelpful and contributes nothing to the Asylum Seeker debate. We need politics on both sides to stop trafficking in fear. Instead, bring a robust dialogue and debate into the Parliament. Stop the childish name-calling and antics and engage around policy. I dream of a day when the Federal Parliament of Australia is a meeting of the great minds of the Nation as they wrestle through the issues of the day from the various political spectrums they represent.
I look forward to your reply
You may also like to read my following Blog Posts:
- An Open Letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard
- Why I am totally against a Rudd Resurrection
- Ross Greenwood – On Australia’s Debt
- My thoughts on the Gillard/Rudd Leadership Issue