The short happy life of the Gillard government

As the fog of Kevin Rudd's campaigning lifts, real policy is finding room to breathe. There's more carbon tax clarity and the large federal budget hole might finally get the attention it deserves.

In many respects, the term of the Gillard government – its chance to 'govern' – began early this week, when two almighty distractions disappeared from the national news cycle.

Policy stories have rushed in to fill the vacuum left by the absence of stories about 'the Rudd camp' – a small band of MPs which, we discovered last week, was likely outnumbered by Mr Rudd's teddy collection. 

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