No, just that he's the person most likely to beat Howard. Anyone else, even just on the basis of the 'experience' angle, would just be blown away. The Labor Party could be doing worse than being in front for the last eight months in the most reliable poll
in the Country. And it has not been that way in previous years - it's bobbed around at 51-49; 50-50; 52-48. Their lead was never this prolonged in the year before the election in 1997, 2000 and 2003.