Welcome, Kevin (sort of)

The John Howard era of Australian politics is over.

Kevin Rudd is the new Australian Prime Minister (though after last night’s acceptance speech, it’s hard to get too inspired by our “dentist” leader.)

After nearly 12 years in office, Howard’s reign has been characterised by a desire to drive a wedge through Australian society, between the “elites” and others and a slavish devotion to Washington (and Bush has already welcomed Rudd into the club).

Get ready for a change in Australian society, though who really knows how different it will be. I’m not overly optimistic, but glad the Australian people have finally rejected a man who personifies the worst aspects of gutter politics.

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