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LEAVING: Liberal MP for Aston Chris Pearce is retiring but is the show really over for Costello?

costellocomeback Word is that flamboyant Liberal MP for Aston Chris Pearce has tapped the mat and intends to retire at the next election. He won the seat in a crucial by-election in 2001 after a frustrating career in local government and has faced persistent allegations he attempted to exercise an “undue influence” over the Knox council ever since.

He has been the most loyal servant of the Costello4PM push and some see his decision not to re-nominate as a response to Costello’s decision to leave.

Nominations in Costello’s seat of Higgins don’t close until July 30th.

It’s going to be a really tough month for Turnbull.

Is a Peter Costello comeback completely out of the question?


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  1. Where will the Libs ever find another Chris Pearce, the Aston MP who was going to use music as the panacea for all the worlds ills, including depression?

    Could Jeff perhaps offer him a gig at Beyond Blue so he could bring bringing musical theatre to the the depressed (although Pearce singing life is a cabaret old chum would quite rightly make one melancholy)?

    Posted by The Music Man | June 23, 2009, 12:19
  2. Posted by Lambros for Brunswick Campaign has hit a hurdle... | June 23, 2009, 12:26
  3. First Ollie now C Pearce is leaving me, I wonder if Josh will swing my way?

    Posted by Chrissy Pyne | June 23, 2009, 12:59
  4. Now who’s going to beat up Alby…?

    Posted by Jamieeatshisownshit | June 23, 2009, 13:47
  5. Bronwyn Bishop.

    Posted by anon | June 23, 2009, 14:19
  6. Chrissy you’ve swung around my glory hole a few times. I didn’t feel it but you seemed to enjoy yourself.

    Posted by A Ness | June 23, 2009, 14:27
  7. This is not a signal for Costello to return.

    Posted by Not a chance | June 23, 2009, 14:50
  8. So Chrissy Pe is heading home to Wantirna to have a good cry lamenting the loss of his dear mate Cossie

    Posted by Julie Bishop | June 23, 2009, 14:56
  9. It may be good for democracy in Australia if we actually had a functioning Opposition. Besides that, love him or hate him, Costello is a performer in Parliament.

    Posted by tHE jOKER | June 23, 2009, 16:26
  10. POP i say. Stop encouraging Glenn Milne.

    Posted by Arther conan doyle | June 23, 2009, 17:25
  11. Bettings is already out in ASTON that that if Chris Pearce ever went then Pearce will be elected for Aston next election – Not Chris – Current Knox Councillor and fellow Rowville Lib Branch member Darren who has been trying to make a positive name for himself in the Knox community – apparently without much success.

    Rumour has it that he is about as popular as a fart in an elevator at the Council Offices.

    Are they related or are the surnames just a co-incidence? Would hate to think that the Pearce’s believe that the Seat of Aston is a Family Dynasty entitlement.

    Posted by Psalms 105:15 | June 23, 2009, 18:07
  12. I hope so. I’d love to see his face when he loses.

    Harry The Bastard

    Posted by harry | June 23, 2009, 21:06
  13. Go the happy

    Posted by Anonski | June 23, 2009, 21:06
  14. Chris please let me ‘pierce’ you one more time.

    Posted by Chrissy Pyne | June 23, 2009, 22:14
  15. I am told that Costello was a close mate of Michael Danby at Uni. I trust neither one.

    Posted by Adam Cross | June 24, 2009, 11:06
  16. What are the chances that Aston will be the runner-up prize for failed Kooyong candidate John Pesutto? Fool if he tries. They are a weird mob out Knox way and don’t like outsiders. He may get the nod for Liberal Party nomination – but the ornery folks out in the sticks won’t give him the seat and the Libs will lose it. They would sooner vote for a ‘D’ grade local than an ‘A’ grade import. Strange lot they are out there.

    Posted by matthew 21:12 | June 24, 2009, 20:58
  17. they are a happy bunch out at knox

    Posted by Knox Insider | June 24, 2009, 21:05
  18. I lost a preselection battle against Ken Aldred.

    When the Adminitsrative Committee dis-endorsed Ken Aldred, and allowed me to run for the seat of Holt, I suffered a swing of 10.1% against me.

    I was thrown out of office in local council elections after my disastrous stint as Mayor.

    I lost my bid to return to local council in 2008.

    I lost a preselection battle to Heidi Victoria, despite making promises to both factions.

    I lost a preselection battle to Nick Wakeling, despite intense branch stacking.

    I could only get a job as a teacher, after my father threatened to withdraw his funding to that institution.

    I was known during my term on Administrative Committee for being lazy and incompetent.

    I have switched factions a record number of 5 times.

    I am not very well liked amongst the branch members in Aston.

    Posted by Who am I? | June 24, 2009, 21:43
  19. Why hello Mr Cicchiello, havent seen or heard from you for a long time.

    Posted by Aston | June 24, 2009, 23:05
  20. I agree with Matthew, we vote like Queenslanders. The more incompetent and backward a candidate the better

    Posted by Aston voter | June 24, 2009, 23:08
  21. Agreed with Aston voter, though we still voted Heidi in, and she’s a carpetbagger.

    Posted by Oompa | June 24, 2009, 23:37
  22. Who am I?

    I came 3rd in a preselection against Marie Luckins.

    I set up a failed business called International Careers Pty Ltd in a tax haven.

    The peak of my political career was as an adviser for the Bronwyn for PM campaign.

    My only experience as a campaign manager before becoming State Director was campaign director and strategist for the losing Monash Province campaign in 2002.

    My closest political associate is Santo Santoro.

    I lost a state election.

    I deliberately sabotaged the Prahran campaign, removing central funding for factional reasons.

    I was part of the losing team for the last Federal election.

    I gave the IT contract for 104 to a company Dan Feldman’s was a director of, without going to tender. Dan Feldman subsequently had to leave his law firm.

    I leased part of 104 Exhibition Street – a direct legacy of Robert Menzies – to Tolarno Galleries, who displayed Bill Henson’s child porn in the Liberal Party’s own building.

    I corruptly breached the Electoral Act, using the threat of pulling the party polling contract to get two people fired.

    I asked staff to blog against the State Leader, then when it came out, I knifed them as publically as I could to try and rat out of it.

    When the blog affair came out, I denied even knowing about the blog – lying to Ted Baillieu, Tony Nutt, David Kemp, the media and the party. In actuality, I had been bragging about the blog I had tacitly authorised for months – including in December to Don Nardella MP, who has since put the facts on the record in parliament. http://www.theage.com.au/national/liberal-chief-under-pressure-over-blog-20080528-2j3u.html

    I undertook a secret deal with DPA Document Printing Australia Pty Ltd to re-employ Chandler for the Liberal Party, in a cruel hoax on the Party and the Jewish community.

    I left 104 Exhibition Street in a burning wreck, having lost both the State and Federal Campaign managers in a fortnight of the worst media coverage in the Party’s history.

    I tarnished the reputation of the Higgins 200 Club by associating it with donations from the aged care industry extracted by Santo Santoro.

    Both my first and second wives are better at politics than me.

    I have been unemployed for over a year.

    I tell people I am an “accountant/ corporate accountant” despite no longer holding proper professional registrations to do such work.

    I am not very popular amongst the branch members in Higgins.

    Posted by Who am I? | June 25, 2009, 0:27
  23. All the Way, With JA

    Posted by Anonski | June 25, 2009, 0:38
  24. I sent erotic text messages to an 18 year old female branch member after offering her a lift home late at night from a party function.

    When asked by the parliamentary leader whether I had written the erotic text messages, I lied to his face and said no.

    In 2004, I corrupted the parliamentary internship program, using young and eager students for factional and branch stacking purposes.

    When I was a policeman, I corruptly accessed confidential police files to gain private information about residents in the street where I lived.

    I have very strong links with the Concerned Christian Families of Mitcham.

    I was the source of leaks to the Herald Sun when Robert Doyle was parliamentary leader.

    I use foul language.

    I am best friends with David Davis.

    I am not very popular amongst the branch members in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.

    Posted by Who am I? | June 25, 2009, 10:10
  25. Dear Who am I? The more I read your posts, the more I am convinced that no-one knows and no-one cares who you are.

    Posted by Henry II | June 25, 2009, 11:16
  26. Who am I, this obsession of yours with RDR is pathetic, did he stop loving you or something- only scorned lovers are this bitter. Move on and stop polluting every thread with unrelated blithering.

    Posted by Themoney | June 25, 2009, 12:22
  27. Themoney given that you are an apologist for the Slop Cop, Rat Dog Riva, you must resign from any public office you might hold.

    Posted by There is Something Wrong in Victoria, ie Richard Dalla Riva | June 25, 2009, 12:49
  28. I am not an apologist- I’m just don’t hold on to things that happened 3 years ago, nor do I feel the need to bore other people half to death with my petty obsessions.
    Given that you are clearly an obsessive nutter I call on you to resign opening your mouth, or at least to develop wit enough to make your rantings somewhat bearable.

    Posted by Themoney | June 25, 2009, 14:02
  29. OMG handbags at ten paces. C’mon girls gather ’round – a bitch fight between two Liberal has-been non-entities. OOhhhh how thrilling…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Posted by Perez Zilton | June 25, 2009, 14:22
  30. Ha, hardly a has been though ‘non- entity’ is about right. I mean come on, aren’t you sick of reading lame D- Riva ‘gags’ (go on RDR take it) of the “does she need a lift/ maybe I should sms her” type, while trying to laugh and all the genuinely funny comments… maybe its just me- whatever, I’m going to go try on my girlfriends shoes and drink some tequila to calm down.

    Posted by Themoney | June 25, 2009, 14:49
  31. If the luvveys in the Vic Libs spent all the energy they waste bitching and backstabbing each other on nailing the real enemy (It’s John Brumby and Labor in case they have forgotten) they MIGHT, just MIGHT come close to actually winning an election. Then again, with all that swaggering willy mentality, it’s unlikely. The same will happen in Aston if they try and parachute some-one into the seat. There will be such a circus that the real point of winning the seat will be lost. C’ est la vie.

    Posted by Perez Zilton | June 25, 2009, 15:53
  32. Well they don’t have to ‘nail’ the enemy, this belief is why we have stayed out of State Government for so long. I mean the electorate isn’t stupid- they aren’t the political junkies of the caliber of this sites contributors, but they know that the Victorian Gov is shit.
    They just don’t want two things 1- stupid, half baked or money wasting projects (i.e. gov subsidized tolls, easing speeding restrictions) and 2- too much bitching and sniping at the Gov.
    Themoney’s guide to winning a State election:
    Promote mandatory sentencing (apart from being popular with the ‘masses’ the Greens particularly will hate this as will the Lab Socialists- this will serve to disconnect them both further from majority public opinion). Would probably split Lab pretty decidedly as well (remember their federal piss farking around on going hard on illegal’s- took em so long to agree that they looked indecisive).
    Pledge to reduce the size/ role of government (will need some examples, wouldn’t go identifying individual jobs though it shouldn’t be to hard). This will invoke the economics of Kennett, which were popular.
    Elimination of fishing/ hunting licenses (for their size these groups are active as hell and are passionate on this issue).
    Besides that, effectively be proper conservatives so right wing lunatics like myself finally have something to smile about that doesn’t cost $80 and a trip to St Kilda.

    Posted by Themoney | June 25, 2009, 16:50
  33. Rat Dog Riva must resign. He once visited to John Grant’s car yard.

    Posted by There is Something Wrong in Victoria, ie Richard Dalla Riva | June 26, 2009, 1:21
  34. Loved your latest post, by the way.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2009, 12:12
  35. So who has declared their hand for Aston so far?

    Posted by Anon | June 27, 2009, 13:15
  36. Anon, luvvey get real. Do you really think anyone would say anything yet? We haven’t had months of delicious bitching, plotting, backstabbing, branch stacking (sorry intense, focussed membership drive), character assassination, dirt sheets and the local press filling their papers with wonderful stories of the ‘chosen one’.

    A far more juicy story is who the hell is Labor going to put up against the new Lib candidate who-ever he is? (And it will be a he). One thing you can say for the Libs out Aston way, is that they sure are organised. The local Labor branches collectively have about 3 members and you never hear from them. When was the last time they got an article in the local rags criticizing the soon-to-be ex local member? Has he NEVER done anything contentious, like reading magazines during the ‘Sorry Debate’ when the whole country is watching or getting into punch-ups with his own kind?

    Is there no-one in the local Labor branches capable of stringing three words together in a press release or letter to the editor criticizing the local member if they think he is out of line? Would it get published if they did? When are we going to see some-one from Kevvy’s Krew in Aston stand up and say something which might actually convince the hoi polloi out there to vote for them?

    Anon darling, Aston Labor is a joke, they have let a Labor/marginal seat become hard-core Liberal because they have neither the cohunes nor brainpower to organise a chook raffle.

    More power to the Blue-bloods.


    Posted by Perez Zilton | June 27, 2009, 16:57