Kevin Rudd’s test of character.

“Nearly all men can stand adversity. If you really want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

After the impressive performance in Bali at the Climate Change talks, Kevin Rudd is now turning his attention to the WorkChoices legislation changes, promised to the electorate.

He has shown a determination that this government make its mark in the early stages of its term with the ratification of the Kyoto treaty. The challenge will now be to see how much he will have to compromise the spending promises made to achieve the goals he has set for the government. The bar has been set high. The electorate is full of expectation.

Tonight on the 7.30 Report, Chris Richardson of Access Economics criticised the former Coalition government for its recent spending, and called on the Rudd government to show restraint in spending.

Like previous Labor governments, the Rudd government is keen to implement its agenda, but is challenged by prevailing economic conditions, local and global.

The Howard government was brought down by its inability to cope with the power it had unexpectedly received by way of control of the senate. The temptation to act on old ideology proved to be its great undoing, breaking the trust of the electorate.

Howard, in his blind drive to achieve his own place in history, chose to put his interests ahead of the good of his party, and led them to an historical humiliating defeat. His place in history will now be aligned with that of Stanley Bruce, as the second only Prime Minster to loose his own seat, as well as government.

The challenge Kevin Rudd faces is to use the power he has been given while still keeping faith with the electorate. This surely is a challenge of power and a test of character.

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~ by abstraktbiblos on Monday, 17 December, 2007.

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