Ok, the best government Australia has had since the war, perhaps ever, was the ALP government from 1983. That government transformed and modernised Australia, laying the foundation of almost three decades amazing prosperity.
The 2007 ALP government was not that good, the GFC robbed it of any chance of having the same trans-formative capacity. However, the Rudd governments astoundingly decisive and effective response wins it a clear second place in the pantheon of Australian governments.
That Australia just voted the ALP out of office has revealed one thing however, that the party that can govern will always lose to a party that can campaign. For years the ALP has told itself it has the most professional campaigners, the most hard nosed and pragmatic administration. That has been shown to be utterly wrong. The party must reach out and find minds from outside its current gene pool. It must find new ways of thinking, communicating and rebuild itself for the 21st century.