Posts Tagged ‘ abbott ’

Turnbull names team with economy in its sights

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The new Opposition front bench rewards those who supported the new leader, but does not do so at the expense of the Coalition’s strengths. Malcolm Turnbull may have the massive ego that his enemies like to complain about, but it evidently has not prevented him from becoming a shrewder judge of power plays in the party room than he was 10 months ago.



Just a slight trace of blood on the carpet

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The most spectacular victim of Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet reshuffle was Tony Smith. The former Peter Costello supporter, who voted for Turnbull last year but switched to Brendan Nelson last week, paid a heavy price by being given the role of shadow assistant treasurer. Smith will be back at some stage but his only consolation yesterday was platitudes from Turnbull about being part of a crack financial team.



Liberals take battle to PM Kevin Rudd’s turf

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

The new Opposition Leader named sustainable development, in all areas including cities, as his key personal policy interest, signalling a dramatic departure from the direction of the Howard government, which saw no role for the commonwealth in urban affairs. But as Mr Turnbull trumpeted his forward-looking approach, Labor’s Julia Gillard said his team was stacked with climate-change sceptics and cheerleaders for Mr. Howard’s Work Choices industrial relations laws.



Turnbull deploys women and young guns

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

The big losers in Malcolm Turnbull’s shadow cabinet reshuffle are Nelson backers Nick Minchin, dumped from defence to communications, and Tony Smith, who has been dumped from education to the assistant treasury role, although at least it is an economic portfolio. Arguably Tony Abbott, who wanted to move from the welfare portfolio, and Andrew Robb, who wanted treasury and got infrastructure, haven’t done terribly well either.



Turnbull picks Julie Bishop to lead attack on Wayne Swan

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

Ms. Bishop exercised her right as deputy Liberal leader to claim the treasury prize, and becomes the first woman to hold the treasury portfolio on either side of politics. Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader has dumped Bronwyn Bishop, Jo Gash and Pat Farmer from the shadow ministry.



Sidelined federal MPs could be the saviours of state politics

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The situation in New South Wales is similar to the state of affairs when Jeff Kennett came to office in 1992. For years, Victoria had been an economic basket case. Did Kennett respond, as Barry O’Farrell has done, by ignoring policy and presenting a small target? He did not. Instead, he and his supporters prepared to govern.



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.



Nelson squares up for leadership fight

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

Brendan Nelson issued a veiled warning to Malcolm Turnbull and other potential challengers today that he will fight them for the leadership. Mr Turnbull is overseas on holidays and has not yet commented on the furore triggered by Peter Costello’s memoirs and his declaration that he really is leaving politics and will not seek the leadership.



Right push for Turnbull-Abbott team

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

Despite securing the backing of conservative Liberal MPs led by Nick Minchin and Tony Abbott in the last leadership ballot, many conservatives are angered by Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson’s push to introduce federal reform of the party and believe he’s too weak to lead them to victory at the next election.



Key Nelson backers look to Turnbull

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

After begging Peter Costello to reclaim a leadership role, senior Liberals have complained privately the red carpet has been rolled out for him but he won’t make up his mind. Frontbencher Tony Abbott has also told ABC radio that a string of bad polls has “dismayed” the party but is also the fate of any newly minted opposition.