Yes. Australia now has a new Leftist government. But it is probably the world's most conservative Leftist government. Well to the Right of Tony Blair.
One needs to look at HOW Rudd got in: By saying "Me too" to 95% of the policies of the outgoing conservative government.
Promising and doing are very different of course but a substantial failure to keep promises would condemn the new government to only one 3-year term in office and I am sure Rudd has ambitions well beyond that.
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