Federal Labor's best bets are the Vic, NSW and Qld govts. Ted is wandering around without a clue, Barry is pandering to his mates and vested interests and Campbell is...well...just going crazy over there with the Second Coming of Joh. All Fed Lab has to do is keep its nerve and allow the rest of the nation (no offence Sandgropers but you're another country) to see what will happen with a Coalition federal government.
On Costello and Howard. Easy to bank money when there's a boom on but what did they do with it? Nation-building? Nation-building my arse. They put money away to meet public service pension obligations (which is a fair thing) and then did stupid things like the Baby Bonus and handed out money when it came to election time in a manner that would make a PNG pollie blush. But what did they actually do for the country, for the nation? Sweet Fanny Adams is what they did. Look at Abbott and his socialist agrarian driven attack on foreign investment, the Barnaby corner won that one and Abbott did as he was told and in so doing upset the Chinese who are bankrolling our mining boom. Barnaby and the populist sector of the Country Party, sorry Nationals, whipped up a moral panic about sod-all and Abbott went weak at the knees.
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil Exodus 23:2