How Rudd’s 2020 symphony fell flat - 10 years since Rudd’s best and brightest weren’t

April 16, 2018

Mark Thursday well. It is the 10th anniversary of our elite’s shame, when they showed how easily they could be flattered into parroting Labor’s lines.

The Australian Conservatives want to bring common sense back into Australian politics. Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit, held on April 19, 2008, certainly featured little of that.

Andrew Bolt writes in the Herald Sun newspaper:

During the Summit, 1,000 of our “best and brightest”, hand-picked by new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, took over Canberra’s Parliament House despite being selected, not elected.

Rudd asked them to “help us shape a long-term strategy for the nation’s future”, even though voters had only just had an election to decide exactly that.

This was, in fact, a fascist vision, of a Big Leader gathering tame “representatives” to endorse precisely what he intended.

But there wasn’t much criticism because among those “best and brightest” were media bosses and senior journalists only too proud to get Rudd’s pat.

They joined the usual Labor luvvies Cate Blanchett, Tim Flannery, Robert Manne, Julian Burnside, Phillip Adams, Maxine McKew, Hugh Jackman, and the woman who best represented them all, Elena Jeffreys of the Scarlett Alliance collective of prostitutes. No fewer than 188 of these 1,000 were from the Labor-promoting GetUp! group. More past and present ABC staff were invited than were serving Liberals.

Naturally, the ABC fed their fantasies of being the elite, giving them two days of uninterrupted television coverage, intercut with footage of Rudd, sometimes sitting in mock humility on the floor, noting their thoughts on his to-do list.

That coverage turned out to be a big mistake. It let us see, for instance, singer Robyn Archer telling us to be more like Cuba, whose dictators apparently “valued citizens who maintained their voice”.

There was even a unanimous vote for a republic, even though the nation’s voters when last asked, in 1999, had voted “no” in every state.

As for big, new and good ideas, there was not one which Rudd ever enacted nor which anyone remembers. In fact, when asked to name the best new idea at his summit, Rudd named a bionic eye — only to find it had been invented already.

Worse, in the 405 pages of summit declarations, there was not one mention of the word “recession” — which Rudd’s government just months later found itself desperately fighting.

That was just 10 years ago. Remember never to tolerate such foolishness again.

The Australian newspaper’s columnist Henry Ergas writes of Rudd’s 2020 Summit:

For every ounce of common sense, there were pounds of proposals that were frankly unhinged, such as the Creative Australia stream’s recommendation that “creative endeavours” be funded “through a one per cent creative dividend from all government departments”, thus diverting $5 billion to the arts. In a room crammed with those the bonanza would benefit, there was, perhaps unsurprisingly, scarcely a murmur of dissent.

Listening, on the eve of its 10th anniversary, to recordings of the Rudd government’s 2020 Summit, it was hard not to be reminded of Rossini’s quip about Wagner. “One cannot judge Wagner’s ­Lohengrin from a first hearing,” said the maestro, “and I certainly do not intend to hear it a second time.”

To read Andrew Bolt’s complete article, click here.

To read Henry Ergas’ complete opinion piece, click here.

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