During the relatively short time I’ve had more than a passing interest in politics I’ve seen some great political moves that have either won or swayed elections, or some that will be forever remembered as a great policy initiative.
Some of those that altered the mood of the electorate may not have been ethical, but were great moves just the same. The master himself, John Howard will be remembered for a couple. The Tampa incident in 2001 and his claim in 2004 that under a Labor Government we would witness skyrocketing interest rates certainly bore political fruit for him.
Hawke’s decision to float the Australian dollar and Keating’s introduction of compulsory superannuation were definite winners.
On the State scene, South Australia’s premier Don Dunstan’s decision, on the eve of an election, to distance himself from Gough Whitlam who at the time was having difficulties with his prime ministership, was the move that political commentators suggest got him over the line. Before that, he was considered doomed.
Anyway, I won’t say too much. Best I leave that to you good people. Can you think of any?