The Australian editorial page, February 18 2009:

This newspaper has, with some reservations, supported the Rudd Government’s budget stimulus packages. The Government is right to seize the initiative to do whatever it takes to prevent the global crisis producing recession in Australia. That initiative includes two sizeable budget stimulus packages – the first worth just over $10.4 billion, announced in October, and a second tranche of $42 billion, which will include millions of cheques to Australians to encourage them to spend now.

The Australian editorial page, October 8 2010:

Kevin Rudd’s intellectually fragile essay proclaiming an epochal change in the relationship between the government and the market looks faintly ridiculous with the passing of time but it betrayed his view that interventionist government should act as a counterweight to self-interested capitalism and laid the philosophical groundwork for an excessive Keynesian binge.

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