A tale of two leaders, and bad news ballots

Sep 8th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Glenn Milne: When historians look back on what has been a week of unprecedented political havoc across the country, perhaps one of the most significant developments will have gone contemporaneously unremarked: the final morphing of Brendan Nelson into Simon Crean.

I refer here to the Mayo by-election. Or more particularly to its eerie parallels with the October 2002 Cunningham by-election. That contest marked the beginning of the end of Crean’s leadership. When the histories are written they may well record Mayo as Nelson’s Cunningham.

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