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Hi Kevin, how do we reinvigorate the public service? It feels like in today's age the public service has taken a backseat to private consultants and lobbyists in policy development. I have read that you would often be frustrated with the policy proposals you would receive from the public service and ask for additional options to be developed.

How could the public service regain its influence; does it for example, need to be more bold?


I've often suspected this, you seem to go out of your way to find the nicest 'euphemism possible when something tastes bad. I'm thinking in particular of when you ate bars of dirt.

Do you ever think that maybe some of the locals are playing a bit of trick on you too though? Getting you to try things that they almost never would eat just to laugh a little while you choke on it and say "mmmm yum thanks!"


Come back ASAP!

I'm sure you'll get a book sales bump from this.


Prime Minister;

Antony Green has been making the argument (quite cogently) for some years that we need to reform our senate system. This election we will be forced to use magnifying glasses to read the over 100 parties below the line OR if we choose to vote above the line, risk having our votes unintentionally go to a party that we would never have supported.

Too much power is in the hands of small parties that have managed to get on the ballot paper and work out complicated preference deals. We run the very real risk of someone like Pauline Hanson being voted into the senate in NSW because of this horrible system which does not reflect the will of the electorate.

Do you have any plans to rectify the problem or any other thoughts on this issue?


Thank you for taking the time to visit Reddit.

edit: I note that this issue was also raised here http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1lbe0s/i_am_kevin_rudd_the_prime_minister_of_australia/cbxjhp6


So what you're saying is I should support a candidate on the basis that they might, instead of being ignorant, merely be a liar who lies and cheats his electorate to get elected?