According to Julia Gillard's speech to the National Press Club today, Labor is about governing, not campaigning.
Nevertheless, the goal of her address is to outline the key messages that Labor will take to the election.
The government's priorities are funding education and national disability reforms, and finding 'structural savings' – such as entitlement cuts to big business and the wealthy – to pay for them. Gillard will also promote the government's upcoming industry and innovation statement, focusing on manufacturing and jobs.
It's all about connecting the government to Labor heartland, presuming this still exists, and sharpening the contrast with an Opposition it says has no plans other than to trash reforms and sneak in major spending cuts and IR changes. So the coming months will see a very traditional Australian political debate play out.
The surplus promise has been set aside, preselection issues (Nova Peris and Morris Iemma?) are being sorted, and the First Bloke is unlikely to make any more jokes about prostates – the government is hoping for a bit of clear air.
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