Rudd's great Labor fire-sale begins

Kevin Rudd's new-look line-up strategically locates ministers based on their selling capabilities rather than portfolio expertise. So far the polls suggest it's working.

Whatever happens after the next election, the bus-load of new or recycled Labor faces joining Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s front bench should be seen for what they are – a team of salespeople, rather than ministers appointed to govern Australia.

That’s not to say that no governing will occur in the weeks ahead, only that policy changes will be made with one imperative in mind – retaining power for Labor. Sound policy formulation, this ain’t.

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