CLIMATE SPECTATOR: A eulogy to Kevin Rudd

The former prime minister squandered a unique opportunity for a bipartisan approach to climate change. His demise is a lesson in how putting politics above principle trips you up in the end.

Kevin Rudd, and the government he led, ran into trouble by approaching climate change more as a short-term game of politics rather than a long-term battle of principle. Kevin Rudd’s first instinct of chasing public popularity and grand moments in the spotlight worked well in the lead-up to the 2007 election. Unfortunately for Rudd, coming up with effective policy to reduce carbon emissions is more of a long, grubby slog. It requires the approach of a dogged Steve Waugh, rather than the flashy brilliance of his brother Mark.

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