Why Labor can’t face parliament

Kevin Rudd’s policy frenzy has created a real polling-date problem. If he fails to hold an election before parliament reconvenes, tension on both sides may boil over.

The long winter recess of parliament usually turns up a policy shift or two, or a few ‘announcables’ that can be debated when parliament resumes. But this year is different – debate is the last thing the government wants. 

In fact, when parliament rose in late June, nobody thought our representatives and senators would return to their respective chambers until a general election had been held, and a new government sworn in.


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