49 votes to 39, Kevin Rudd has taken the ALP leadership from Kim Beazley. Are we now set for a replay of 2003–2004, with a new, fresh approach to leadership for the party? An unsettling six to ten months for the Howard government with a new catalyst in the changed ALP leadership? Are we going to see Labor move forward into a position of greater strength and ultimately take government in 2007, or are we likely to see yet another near miss, as with Latham? Is it even fair to Kevin Rudd to draw that parallel? Time will tell.