Where is the humanity and compassion?
The Age : How quickly the PM has forgotten
After compromising on climate change, Kevin Rudd has a chance to deliver on his promise to show compassion to asylum seekers.
ON THE way to attaining power in November 2007, Kevin Rudd assured us that climate change was “the great moral challenge of our generation”.
The dictates of political pragmatism (not least a waning economy, a hostile Senate and more than a smattering of global warming scepticism on his front bench) soon compromised his initially ambitious greenhouse targets and timetable for the introduction of a carbon pollution reduction scheme.
Underscoring your policies – and your political approach – with morality can be risky in public life. It leaves you open to allegations of hypocrisy when politics compromises your stated aims and serves only to further disillusion the voters who’ll inevitably level the charge that you’re “just the same as the last bloke”. More