Posts Tagged ‘ 2007 federal election ’

Turnbull puts life into Libs

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Although the primary vote did not change outside the margin of error of the latest Newspoll survey, taken on the weekend, the Coalition did register its best performance since the election with a primary vote of 38 per cent, up one point, compared with Labor’s 42 per cent, down two points. The two-party-preferred support was back to the levels of mid-July, with the Coalition on 45 per cent and Labor on 55.



Union fury at Gillard’s IR changes

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

Coming almost 10 months after the Labor Party was swept to power on a promise to tear up the WorkChoices laws, the Workplace Relations Minister’s speech fleshing out the details of the Rudd Government’s replacement industrial relations regime was met with anger from unions, particularly over the revised unfair-dismissal rules.



Libs finally turn away from Howard era

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Unlike his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull has a real prospect of leading the party back into office. The decision to call a party meeting at short notice for a leadership vote, which backfired spectacularly for Brendan Nelson, typified the misjudgements that characterised his brief tenure in the top job.



A Liberal dose of hope

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Malcolm Turnbull’s ascent is the culmination of his own will to power and the historic weakness of the Liberal Party after its 2007 election defeat. This is the real Liberal leadership transition. It completes the purging from the election debacle. This is a historic vote because Turnbull, provided he lasts, will fashion a different Liberal Party.



Rudd agreed to union cut

Sep 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Kevin Rudd and former New South Wales premier Morris Iemma struck a secret deal last October to cut the unions down to size after the federal election. But once safely elected on November 24, the Prime Minister squibbed on the undertaking, leaving Mr Iemma fatally exposed in his battle to privatise the state’s electricity assets.



Opposition must learn from experience

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

For whatever reasons, Brendan Nelson’s poll figures are dismal, his impact nowhere to be seen, and under his leadership, the Opposition is going backwards. Senior Liberals need to learn from history and not make the same mistake they made with Howard in 2006: someone needs to tell him that it is time to go.



Canadian solution to cap political patronage

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

If both parties can come to agreement it raises the prospect of a bipartisan report that for the first time in the country’s history recommends the introduction of legislatively mandated caps on campaign spending. The model that has committee members most interested is the “cap and gap” system used in Canada.



Costello had his PM speech ready for APEC

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

In his keenly-awaited memoirs, the former treasurer says he knew “in his bones that the 2007 election was lost even before the first votes were counted - and he blames the loss entirely on John Howard’s reluctance to give him the leadership”. “We lost because we failed to renew,” Mr Costello writes. “We did not arrange the leadership transition.”



Costello: Why I won’t be leader, but I’ll go in my own time

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Peter Costello said that he was considering some options outside politics, but would remain in parliament as a back bencher for the time being. “I’ll continue to serve my constituents,” the former treasurer said in an interview. “If I get to the point where I feel I’m no longer able to do that … I’ll make an announcement then.”



The end of Costello … and of Nelson

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

According to his own memoirs, Peter Costello thinks he could have won the last election. He says John Howard should have stood aside, let him lead and, because he was younger, and not so reviled, he would have beaten Kevin Rudd. As Costello must in some part of his heart know, this simply isn’t true.