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BACK TO POLITICS: Kelly O’Dwyer goes outdoor

If the mobile billboards are out you know it’s time for an election. The Higgins ‘Long March’ is about to begin for Kelly O’Dwyer and the flush Higgins 200 club is ready to spend up big to get their great hope onto green Reps leather.


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  1. Are Labor even running?

    Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009, 20:27
  2. I see you have a photo taken from out the front of Liberal Party headquarters. Is that just good timing or is someone from O’Dwyer’s campaign feeding you information?

    Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009, 20:56
  3. Labor doesn’t have a chance in Diane Anderson’s electorate. BTW where is Diane? Perhaps the reason Peter Costello is leaving is because he has lost his greatest source of enemy (that is ALP) information from the ALPs greatest leaker. First it was Geoff Leigh, then he got the flick from Malvern courtesy of Robert Doyle, but Doyle didn’t understand intelligence. So it’s Peter who became the beneficiary. Peter had the good sense not to blow his source.

    Posted by Mad Monk | October 9, 2009, 20:58
  4. Well,I like the “energy” attribute.

    That quality has been sadly lacking for some time now, principally with a (short-cut)leader unwilling to prepare himself for the tough(?) job of convincing Australians they do not need a useless and monstrous ETS Tax lowering their standard of living.

    Lots of wimpering efforts to support Rudd and Wong, but none for the tough fight that demands the leadership qualities of hard work and persuasion.

    Posted by Donald in SA | October 9, 2009, 21:58
  5. Who took out the Australian flag from the Victorian Liberals logo?


    Posted by Terrence | October 9, 2009, 22:03
  6. Kelly will win in Higgins so why waste this extra money? The Libs need to hold their marginals (as do Labour) and win a few others.

    Interesting comment from Kelly in her speech in Queen Hall in Victoria’s parliament last night, quote “Peter Costello was the greatest PM we never had” and said in the presence of Malcolm Turnbull and Sir Robert Menzies daughters and some of his grand children.

    I wonder if Menzies, Howard or even Turnbull would agree given Costello could not get the numbers to become Liberal leader and was never PM as Kelly said.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | October 9, 2009, 22:33
  7. Kelly has:

    Energy to branch stack.

    Ideas ON how to destroy the opposing faction

    Dedication – to narrow , self serving agenda.

    Posted by Kelly Factional Hack O' Dwyer | October 9, 2009, 23:35
  8. Don’t get me wrong but she looks enormously like the younger version of Bronwyn Bishop…

    Posted by Brian | October 10, 2009, 5:01
  9. “I want you back” by the Jacksons as a serenade to Peter Costello. But not in blackface – that would be tasteless.

    Posted by Mr Baldy | October 10, 2009, 9:33
  10. Actually, how about making Peter Costello Australian Ambassador for Climate Change? Makes as much sense as Nelson and Fischer.

    Posted by Excellencies | October 10, 2009, 9:36
  11. CONFIDANTS of Malcolm Turnbull [Michael Ronaldson], convinced his leadership of the opposition was terminal and he was leaving politics, sounded out Peter Costello about taking over the Liberal leadership only four weeks ago.

    Approaches to Mr Costello [by Michael Ronaldson] were on the basis Mr Turnbull was resigning, amid confusion and conflicting views about his future.

    About two weeks ago, just as Joe Hockey made his decision to stand as Liberal leader if Mr Turnbull’s leadership failed, Mr Costello was told [by Michael Ronaldson]Mr Turnbull had “changed his mind” and was staying on.

    The approach to Mr Costello [by Michael Ronaldson], which Mr Turnbull has denied was sanctioned by him, formed part of a whirl of conflicting reports within the Liberal Party that Mr Turnbull was going to quit the leadership, and of an orchestrated leadership destabilisation campaign.

    Suggestions Mr Costello should take over, even as he prepared to resign from parliament, died off after the Liberal Party deputy leader of 14 years insisted on speaking directly to Mr Turnbull and not through a nominated intermediary.

    But Mr Costello’s final rejection of the Liberal leadership and irrevocable resignation coincided this week with Mr Hockey’s public confirmation that he had been approached by colleagues to stand for the leadership.

    Many Liberals now believe Mr Turnbull’s leadership is terminal and that he will not survive beyond Christmas.

    The Opposition Leader yesterday acknowledged that he was being undermined by his colleagues but said it “went with the territory” and forged ahead with amendments to the Rudd government’s emissions trading scheme designed to satisfy his opponents and buttress his leadership.
    The Liberal leader wants to concentrate on amendments that assist agriculture and mining and would be attractive to the Nationals and his Liberal critics.

    Mr Turnbull also emphasised that he did not want to “wave through” an ETS and was prepared to block a scheme if the government did not accept reasonable amendments.

    But if a special partyroom meeting tomorrow week rejects all the amendments and denies Mr Turnbull the right to negotiate with the government on the issue, he has said he will walk away from his leadership.

    On ABC radio yesterday he called for party unity and said the Coalition infighting was damaging the chances of his colleagues’ re-election.

    The latest Newspoll survey shows the Liberal Party’s primary support has dropped to an 18-month low of 31 per cent, which would see the Liberals lose more than 20 seats in the next election if it did not improve.

    “Political parties … often go through periods of disorderly conduct, let’s say that – where people snipe at each other and so forth,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “Dissent and debate is natural but the reality is that politics is a team business and we have to work together, and while we may disagree, be that on policies or personalities, we have to come to a common view,” he said.

    “There has to be a leader, there has to be a policy, there has to be a whole platform … I think when these outbursts occur, after a while, people realise the damage it’s doing to the party, the damage it’s doing to their colleagues’ prospects of getting re-elected.”

    Mr Turnbull faces a hostile meeting in Perth today of the West Australian branch of the Liberal Party, which has a motion on the agenda opposing an ETS.

    He said it was necessary to negotiate amendments to the government’s carbon pollution reduction scheme bill that protected jobs.

    “We’ve got to make sure; we’ve got to have a very effective scheme, correct,” he said.

    “But we’ve got to make sure that it is in line with, and does not disadvantage, Australian industry relative to other countries.”

    Meanwhile a Morgan poll published yesterday showed Mr Hockey was now preferred Liberal leader.

    The poll conducted on Wednesday and Thursday night found Mr Turnbull’s support as preferred leader among Liberal voters fell 14 per cent to 21 per cent since the last poll three months ago. Mr Hockey’s support as preferred leader rose by 14 per cent to 35 per cent.

    Posted by Ronno up to old tricks | October 10, 2009, 9:38
  12. Ronno (9.38) the Liberal Party call there State “Branches” Divisions not Branches like the ALP do which proves you probably have a connection to the ALP. A Division is made up of many branches sometimes in the hundreds in each state Division.

    As far as Liberal leaders are concerned as long as they have one in opposition that is all that matters as it will be 7 to 10 years before there will be a change of government, as it was for the ALP until recently.

    What is important to eithor major party is who is leaders in the lead up to a change of government and not just the next election or two after a change of government.

    The Liberal leader in about 2015 onwards is the important issue not who is leader now.

    Australian’s have just changed the government so of cause they are going to support it in opinion polls

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | October 10, 2009, 12:59
  13. I seem to have misplaced my favourite ‘Ben Wah’ balls.
    I think I lost them in the Parliamentary Dining Room whilst I was chatting to Bernie Finn, as with my missing ear ring I am happy to pay a large reward if full confidence in the missing items is kept, they do hold much sentimental value (memories of my Sav when he was a much more vigorous potent young man).

    Posted by Inga Binga | October 10, 2009, 20:00
  14. Both Ms O’Dwyer and Josh Fryndenberg were invited to make speeches the other night after Tunrbull’s Menzies lecture in Melbourne. Josh made Ms O’Dwyer look distinctly like a political amatuer. A word of advice to Ms O’Dwyer, drop the gushing and embarassing references to the soon to be ex member for Higgins as being the ‘greatest PM Australia never had’. It’s downright nauseating.

    Posted by Broad church supporter | October 11, 2009, 9:45
  15. Tim Wilson.

    Posted by Graeme What | October 11, 2009, 14:06
  16. Honeys…

    Higgins and Kooyong are now vulnerable for the first time in political history.

    Seriously honeys!

    Posted by Natasha the Despoiler | October 11, 2009, 21:22
  17. Wed October 7: Costello rings Turnbull to tell him he’s quitting his seat. Later that day, he quits.
    Thu October 8: Kelly O’Dwyer’s billboard appears outside 104 Exhibition Street
    Fri October 9: Vex reports the billboard

    Given those billboards and screenprinting etc take at least a week to organise, doesn’t that suggest Costello gave KOD a heads-up at least a week before he bothered informing his Leader.

    Posted by timing | October 12, 2009, 13:39
  18. that’s what the AFR said this morning

    Posted by billy bob | October 12, 2009, 14:31
  19. What the???

    Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009, 19:52
  20. What the??? As in Graeme What?

    Tim Wilson didn’t stand for Higgins preselection.

    Posted by Graeme What | October 13, 2009, 21:49
  21. Was that Kelly O’Dwyer likes backdoor?

    Posted by RDR | October 14, 2009, 11:41


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