December 6, 2009

THE ELECTORAL GOLD IN OPPOSING GREEN SCHEMES:

Voters switching back to Coalition: THE Liberal Party's biggest gambles in decades - electing Tony Abbott as Leader of the Opposition and rejecting Labor's ETS in the Senate - appear to have paid their first dividends, and in exactly the way the Liberal Party had hoped they would. (Dennis Shanahan, 12/07/09, The Australian)

Two weeks ago Malcolm Turnbull was Liberal leader, the Coalition had embraced Labor's ETS and was about to pass it through the Senate and Turnbull was facing two by-elections which were deliberately designed to wreck his leadership.

The Liberal Party was divided over climate change and the leadership, the Coalition was split over the ETS and there were dire predictions of electoral disaster if the Liberals did not approve Kevin Rudd's ETS.

This morning, Abbott, as Leader of the Opposition, is able to claim victory in the two by-elections of Higgins and Bradfield, with a swing towards the Liberal Party, can claim electoral approval for his dramatic policy reversal on the ETS, has cut into Rudd's lead as preferred prime minister and reclaimed the Liberal base.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 6, 2009 8:34 AM
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