This is what a positive Labor election ad looks like:
Not seeing much of “A New Way” is this campaign. We are now seeing the campaign that Labor has wanted to run- capitalising upon Abbott’s gaffes.
Gaffe One: Alluding to Kevin Rudd’s chaotic leadership style.
“No one, however smart, however well-educated, however experienced … is the suppository of all wisdom.” Enough has been said about this one :).
Gaffe Two: Comparing Jackie Kelly (former member for Lindsay) to Fiona Scott (current candidate for the seat)-
They’re young, they’re feisty,” Mr Abbott said. “I can probably say they have a bit of sex appeal. And are just very, very connected with the local area”. Tony, Tony, Tony. What a gift for the Labor Party waiting for a moment such as this to run the misogynist line. Rudd predictably cried sexual harassment. Abbott’s excuse It was a ‘Dad’ moment.
Gaffe Three: Gay Marriage
I’m not saying that our culture, our traditions are perfect, but we have to respect them and my idea is to build on the strength of our society and I support, by and large, evolutionary change. I’m not someone who wants to see radical change based on the fashion of the moment.” Ouch.
Labor’s (Albanese) response was ‘the comments show Mr Abbott is not ready to be prime minister. What he needs to do is reflect modern Australian values in 2013 rather than values that may have had a place in the past, but really don’t sit with modern Australia.”
Labor’s gambit is to run this campaign as a popularity contest by running the line that Abbott is a misogynist, homophobic and wants to take Australian values back to the 1950s. Where is the policy???