Bush ally Howard booted out by the voters of Australia.
SYDNEY, Australia - Australia’s Labor Party swept into power at national elections on Saturday, propelling 50-year-old former diplomat Kevin Rudd into office on a wave of support for generational change.
The surge to Labor left conservative Prime Minister John Howard struggling to hold on to even his own parliamentary seat, which he has held since 1974, putting him in danger of becoming the first prime minister since 1929 to lose his constituency.
Wow. Wonder what the issues were? [egr bold]
Rudd presented himself as a new generation leader compared with Howard, 68, promising to pull Australian combat troops out of Iraq and sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, further isolating Washington on both issues.
The election was fought mainly on domestic issues, with Labor cashing in on anger at workplace laws and rising interest rates which put home owners under financial pressure at a time when Australia’s economy is booming.
To our Aussie pups, got your Snoopy Dance right here. And your Dancing In The Streets!
Better foreign policy, responsive domestic policy...taking notes, fellow Americans? This is how it's done.
Australian fireworks graphic from Flickr Creative Commons artist woowoowoo, a pretty darn good name for this celebration