Throughout 2010 the Rudd government was buffeted by controversies. News of deaths associated with its Home Insulation Program saw Minister Peter Garrett come under constant attack by the Opposition.
Allegations of waste also plagued the government’s Building the Education Revolution program. The government briefly regained the initiative with a major proposal for health care reform, but faced criticism on other fronts, including immigration policy, border control and the implementation of the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy tests in schools.
Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan also continued to attract the attention of cartoonists.