Rudd's personality is bigger than policy

Kevin Rudd's campaign is a popularity contest in the style of US presidential politics. But with so little time to act, his tasks of electioneering and governing – including party reform – have been conflated.

It was a three or four second moment that will enter the history of Australian politics, and change it.

It was Julia Gillard’s pointed and sharp live television condition that the loser of the contest for the prime ministership gets out of politics, immediately. She committed to her own call – and an hour later so did her opponent.

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