Posts Tagged ‘Libs’
Petro Georgiou has announced his intention to retire after the current term. The big question – will Michael Kroger settle for choosing his replacement or will he decide to take the seat for himself? If the Libs look set to lose the next election, it could be a good time to slot into a safe seat and grab a leadership position.
Labor got the hiding they expected and deserved in the NSW by-elections. They may have only lost one seat, but the swing against them speaks volumes. Rees is going to need to eliminate the stench by 2011 or, barring yet another Liberal Party implosion, the Carr-Iemma-Rees dynasty will be over.
The Nats – and, since the Libs chose to stay out of the fight, the coalition – missed out on getting Port Macquarie. That should clear the way for a Liberal candidate to run in 2011.
The ACT seemed to flow the predictions. The attempt to build the swing against Labor into a favourable narrative for the Liberals seems a bit of a stretch – the swing went to the Greens and minor parties. When you boil it down to the total number of seats, Labor lost 2, the Libs regained the seat they had lost when Richard Mulcahy left the party, and the Greens gained 2. So, it might reflect badly on Labor, but this was not a two-party contest.
ELSEWHERE: If you can’t find other blog posts on this yourself, you’re probably beyond help. Okay, here’s a hint: Pick any of the non-crap links from my blogroll and you ought to find something.
Federal Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson has called a leadership vote for tomorrow morning.
Late this afternoon he called his Liberal colleagues to an unscheduled meeting.
It is understood Dr Nelson is trying to settle the leadership by calling on a vote.
I suspect he’s actually aiming to demonstrate that he has some leadership capacity by calling a meeting and having people turn up.
The uncertainty surrounding this spill is a nice change. There are lots of things to wonder about:
- One source has apparently suggested Turnbull has the numbers, but what if anyone else throws their hat in the ring?
- Did Julie protect Brendan from Belinda Neal so she could strike the death blow herself?
- Will Wilson bring the iron bar?
- Will Brendan be tallying the votes by whiteboard?
- Will Tip be signing copies of his book?
UPDATE: Malcolm’s getting in the game.
Outspoken Federal Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey has pledged to pursue members of his own party he accuses of deliberately destabilising the leadership.
Interestingly, he hasn’t had anything to say about the Mad Monk popping his head in front of every available camera to agitate for Tip. It’s only now that Turnbull is in the clear that destabilisation is a problem.