Open debate thread

A thread for you all to discuss the debate as it happens. If you don’t like the company round here, there’s a live chatroom at Larvatus Prodeo.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. Tonights debate is about Rudd. If he sparkles, doesn’t get defensive with the panel, looks and sounds energetic, doesn’t gaffe, produces the odd decent on-liner – and finishes strongly then he will tell Australia that he is ready. We’re looking – this is your test.

  2. I have a feeling Howard and Rudd will play it pretty conservative tonight.

    However, surely in the back of Rudd’s mind is the thought that he could kill off Howard’s prime ministership tonight. A gaffe by Howard, with a good answer by Rudd could end Howard in the eyes of the voters.

    I remember Howard in 1996 saying to Keating “the voters don’t believe you anymore”, it was a harsh comment, but there was some truth to it.

    I wonder if Rudd will deliver the same sort of thing tonight.

  3. Kevin Rudd should not aim for any kind of knock-out punch. He should be respectful towards Howard. He should appear reassuring. Better to be boring than to try so hard he comes across as a prat.
    Most swinging voters with little interest in politics will tune in for a few minutes at the beginning – perhaps flick across during the ads on Kath & Kim. What they need to see is the steady hand of a reasonably dull politician who appears to be on top of the facts, with the occasional dose of fresh ideas – along the lines of the laptop toolbox of the 21st century thing.

  4. Also this would be a smart move for Rudd: Say to Howard “Look you have refused to debate me again during this campaign. But I now invite the guy who is really the LNP candidate for next PM – Peter Costello – to debate me. Will you allow him to do this?”

  5. Howard is not saying anything about what he’ll do. Complete contrast to Rudd, who listed a laundry load of actions he will take.

    Howard also being negative now as well. Worm has hardly gone into the positive at all.

  6. The openings were interesting – Rudd attacked Howard over not having any plans, and laid out a bunch of them. Howard focussed entirely on the past actions, and attacked Rudd repeatedly for something he hadn’t said.

    The worm likes broadband.

    Good god the worm hates Howard. I can see why he was scared of it.

  7. Howards going as hard as he can and the Worm is neutral.

    Rudd breaths and its goes over the 100% mark.

    Where are the audience pulled from?

    The MUA’s annual general meeting?

  8. The worm also really really doesn’t like Howard’s negative attacks.

    And holy hell it hates Costello. The worm just slammed into the ground when he talked about him.

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