Turnbull breathes life into PM debate
Kevin Rudd’s grasp on the prime ministership is slipping.
But how is that possible? When Australians embraced Kevin Rudd and the ‘new leadership’ promise with such gusto?
The same way a well-timed re-entry into the public sphere by former opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull, has reignited more than just tensions within the Liberal Party leadership, as the nation prepares for a federal election.
So why is Turnbull not Abbott such a viable alternative as PM?
Turnbull has been out of the media for long enough to be interesting again. He is charismatic and articulating doubts about Rudd’s ability to manage the specifics.
Call it the Obama ‘Yes We Can’ legacy if you must, but we’ve come to expect more from our political leaders.
So what are or should Australians look for in a PM?
While the Obama phenomena exposed the pervasive impact of the cult of personality, it also highlighted the necessity for community engagement. Something Malcolm Turnbull is rapidly mastering and the Prime Minister is still preparing for.
Also, the demand for political leaders to follow-through with campaign promises, to exceed expectations and to perform is something detractors would say the Rudd government has been struggling with. While Tony Abbott, unburdened by campaign promises, continues to be all action and instep with expectations around 21st century leadership strategies.
In the last federal election, Australians identified with the Kevin ‘07 slogan while growing bored of the Liberal Party’s attacks on each rather than the opposition.
Four years on, the landscape has changed significantly and yet, not at all.
The way we consume information, media and technology has changed, as have our engagement expectations. We Facebook, Tweet, Digg, RSS and IM. We know how easy it is to communicate.
Not surprisingly, we expect the same level of transparency and immediacy in our interactions with government leaders about the issues.
The promises made in the Kevin’07 campaign remain issues of concern and while the Rudd government has produced many a white paper, like the recent Henry Review, they are largely ignored when it comes to actual policy-making.
So who do we want to be Prime Minister of Australia?
If the Opposition can contain the in-fighting, they might just be worthy of a shot at taking back The Lodge, but…
Perhaps a better question would be, does Prime Minister Rudd and his cabinet understand the specifics of the challenges facing Australia well enough to lead competently for another four years given what they inherited, as well as created?
If not, does Tony Abbott or Malcolm Turnbull? Or are there other, more viable alternatives?Tags: federal-government, federal-politics, government-and-politics, rudd-kevin, turnbull-malcolm