libs make money and gave it to the mining companies..... lab used the money for australians. Also don't forget libs should have been making money as the conditions were ripe for the pickings, poor Rudd came in power at the wrong time, there wasn't much he could have done much different other than regulating Garritts insulation scheme properly, also the % of houses that used to catch fire from insualtion laid wrong actually dropped in comparrison to what they were 2 years ago, the media basically rapped him because the fire rate increased in number but they failed to say it decresed in %.
Also depends which side you are on that determines if libs or lab benefits you. For instance if you are a builder building those over price schools? If you were CSR Bradford producing the insulation? If you are a labourer? then you would be praising rudd. If you are a traditionalist or are in the mining game i don't see anyone else who was actively better off with Howards administration other than the mining giants and their workers.
For 95% of people it doesn't matter who is in charge, that is why I don't care who is in charge because they will both fu*k something up. As much as I am more inclined to vote for libral, and I hate Rudds Smug arrogant look, doesn't mean he did a terrible job, he just could have done better.... and really which member of parliament in Australian history has had a clean perfect run anyway????