Rudd vs Abbott people’s forum: Experts respond
Clark, T., Holmes, D., Maguire, D., Mulller, D., Carmignani, F., Fernandez, J., O'Donnell, M. and Rintel, S. (2013) Rudd vs Abbott people’s forum: Experts respond. The Conversation, 21 August .
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Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have met in a “town hall” style leaders' debate at the Broncos Leagues Club in Brisbane.
Abbott and Rudd took questions from an audience of 100 undecided voters on issues from public service cuts, industrial relations, the environment and asylum seekers.
In his closing statements, Rudd pointed to Queensland state premier Campbell Newman breaking his promise not to cut public service jobs, as a harbinger of what would face Australia if an Abbott government were elected.
Abbott asked the audience - and watching voters - if they felt Australia could afford another three years of ALP government, claiming to have been a “competent and trustworthy” senior minister in a “competent and trustworthy” Howard government.
It is expected there will be one more encounter between the leaders in a public forum before the September 7 election.
The Conversation had a panel of experts watching and analysing the forum. Their responses follow.
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