Comments on Glenn Milne “No constitutional need for Dr Rudd's referendum”, 12/04/2010, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/no-constitutional-need-for-dr-rudds-referendum/story-e6frg75x-1225852475328
Rudd, politically clever as is, has not realised that even an unnecessary referendum on health is not a guaranteed yes result.
Just imagine that both the opposition and a number of big states' political parties both ALP and coalitions campaigning for a no or better still for an alternative plan, Rudd's plan is definitely doomed.
His threat is no more than an empty one.
He will back down on referendum, just as he did on ETS double dissolution.
Brumby, by releasing an alternative plan, has already set the scene for the complete failure of Rudd's plans including both Rudd health and referendum.