2013 AU Election

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Analysing the tactics of the Second Leaders’ Debate

Ray D’Cruz For the first feisty 20 minutes of the Second Leaders’ Debate, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd dominated the conversation. On two of the first three questions  he doggedly pursued Opposition Leader Tony Abbott with a series of follow up comments and challenges. He delved on service cuts and the paid parent scheme and Mr … Continue reading

Election Debates’ verdict: Rudd wins First Leaders’ Debate

Election Debates has awarded the Australian Leaders’ Debate to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The panel considered Mr Rudd to have an advantage on argumentation, with a better grasp of detail and greater clarity about his overall approach to government. Mr Abbott occasionally struggled for detail, most notably when asked to explain how he would bridge … Continue reading

Berglund: Rudd wins Australian Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Fenja Berglund            Winner: Kevin Rudd Scores: Rudd 73 | Abbott 72 Reasons Prime Minister Rudd narrowly won an uninspiring and substance-light debate.  Although at times Mr Abbott was a more engaging speaker, Rudd provided genuine answers to more of the questions he was asked, introduced more substantive facts to back his claims and had … Continue reading

Jocic: Rudd wins Australian Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Wayne Jocic Winner: Kevin Rudd Scores:  Rudd 78 |  Abbott 75 Reasons In a debate of reasonable quality, Rudd recovered from a bungled opening speech to gain, issue by issue, a clear advantage over Abbott. The central concerns of the debate were economic. Here, Rudd built a small advantage, helped mainly by Abbott’s evasiveness … Continue reading

Greenland: Rudd wins Australian Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Sam Greenland Winner: Kevin Rudd Score: Rudd 75 | Abbott 71 Reasons Kevin Rudd (KR) won a largely disappointing debate through much better use of evidence and examples to back up his arguments and to provide rebuttal. Tony Abbott (TA) lost credibility at key points in the debate by refusing to provide evidence for … Continue reading