PJM Sydney: Australia has dumped President Bush's rock-solid friend and ally John Howard. Now, meet Kevin Rudd... a new and formidable force in Australian politics. Peter Day says his election-night victory speech should comfort conservatives... somewhat.
Peter Day looks at what will happen if -- as the polls predict -- Kevin Rudd defeats John Howard on Friday (US time) and becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia. While it's true that Rudd campaigned on the promise that he'd withdraw Australian combat troops from Iraq - he may have left himself some wriggle room.