The Copenhagen conference has undermined the argument that Australia would be doing the wrong thing by not rushing through an emissions trading system. VEXNEWS columnist and master political analyst John Ironmonger reckons - on the subject of the CPRS - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Tony Abbott's Liberals.
The Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" appears to have hit our Mandarin speaking Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. After a year motoring along on cruise control, he'll have to drive very carefully to avoid obstacles put in his way by a populist new Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. John Ironmonger - our newest contributor - assesses who's up and who's down as a result of the tumult.