Published November 30, 2007
Crikey, this bloke wants to be Prime Minister? He’s as erratic a Mark Latham.
MALCOLM Turnbull stormed into the new Liberal leader’s parliamentary office within an hour of Thursday’s leadership vote, tearing into Brendan Nelson over his “funereal speech” and urging him to toughen up.
Surrounded by cardboard boxes and his staff in a temporary office, Brendan Nelson looked up.
The Liberal Party’s campaign director, Brian Loughnane, was in the room offering congratulations, as was Nelson’s press secretary, former journalist Nigel Blunden, and his senior adviser, Simon Berger.
Nelson’s newly elected deputy, Julie Bishop, had just left the room to freshen up her makeup for the leadership team’s first press conference, leaving the Liberal leader in his cramped new office with his staff when Turnbull stormed through the door.
Nelson, touched by the support of his colleagues earlier that day, who backed him over Turnbull, had been moved to tears in the partyroom and was humbled by this moment of Liberal Party history.
Turnbull was not. “That speech was funereal,” the multi-millionaire MP exploded, attacking Nelson’s rather sombre acceptance of the Liberal leadership. “You can’t do that again. You have to sound like the coach at half-time talking to a grand final team. You’ve got to toughen up.”
Nelson has been charged by the party with rebuilding the shattered Liberals, taking the leadership after John Howard’s humiliating defeat on Saturday and Peter Costello’s refusal, one day later, to step into the role. But less than 24 hours into his leadership victory, which split the party in a tight vote, 45 to Nelson and 42 to Turnbull, the post-ballot clash between the contenders was the talk of Liberal circles….
Published November 30, 2007
Mr Nelson is the best choice for Liberal leader. He is hard working, capable and very presentable. Malcolm Turnbull is brilliant and energetic but his recent comments made him appear far too leftest. The election was not a victory for the left. Kevin Rudd won because he moved the ALP to the conservative centre. He sold himself as a young John Howard with fresh ideas and opposed Work Choices. I’m beginning to think Turnbull is the Liberal’s Mark Latham. Anyway he is now Shadow Treasurer there plenty of scope there for Malcolm to prove himself.
Brendan Nelson must know that his chances of victory at the next election are slim. History is against him. All he can really do is make the party strong enough to avoid going backwards. He will properly be turfed out after the next election (assuming he survives that long) but theres always a chance of a come back, John Howard did after all.
In my view Nelson should accept the Rudd does have a mandate to govern. He should allow the Senate to pass the major legislation Labor promised. Give Rudd the rope to hang himself with. Six years down the track some of those promises are going to explode in Rudd’s face.
Nelson wants to to concentrate more on social issues, good idea, the Libs are perceived as hard economic rationalist, and weak on issues like health and education. There plenty of room there for some free market policies that would appeal to the public. I’ll present a few soon.
One more thought, he is a former Labor Party member who swapped to the Libs in the early 90’s. So how long will it take for the left to point and cry EVIL NEOCON!?
He was interviewed on the 7.30 Report and was just excellent.
Published November 29, 2007
The evil Rudd has began his reign of boredom.
THANKFULLY, it wasn’t in Mandarin.
Prime minister-elect Kevin Rudd spoke uninterrupted today for a staggering 30 minutes in a frightening sign of what may be to come in a Labor-ruled Australia.
Announcing his front bench, Mr Rudd almost finished after 25 minutes but remembered he had forgotten to speak about a minister – and started talking again.
Journalists’ tape recorders began clicking off in exhaustion as Mr Rudd then took questions for another 20 minutes.
Mr Rudd took the hint and wound up the press conference, saying: “I really need to go, and because two of your tape recorders have already gone off I would suggest that’s been a pretty long discussion we’ve all had this morning.”
The performance from Mr Rudd, who became a household name through chatty appearances on breakfast television while in opposition, follows his lengthy and unremarkable acceptance speech on Saturday when he was elected…..
Published November 28, 2007
Authors like Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman and Dale Brown have been writing about powered armour suits for a long time. It now appears yesterdays fiction will soon be reality:
Perhaps they could be used to stamp out those super mice.
Published November 28, 2007
So Turnbull’s contribution to Aboriginal welfare is going to be meaningless symbolism. Thats a big help Malcolm. How about leaving that to Rudd and coming up with practical policies.
The contenders for the Liberal leadership are continuing to jettison policies from ‘the Howard era’, with Malcolm Turnbull vowing to say sorry for Australia’s ‘stolen generation’.
Outgoing Prime Minister John Howard refused to give a formal national apology, focussing instead on so-called ‘practical reconciliation’.
But Mr Turnbull says that was a mistake, arguing that symbolism does matter.
‘I say this about a friend, John Howard. That was an error,’ Mr Turnbull said.
‘Clearly, we should have said sorry then. John got himself into a bit of semantic tangle there.’
He says if he’s successful, the Liberal party under his leadership would support a formal apology to the indigenous people of Australia….