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STICKING AROUND: Peter Costello will run again in Higgins with leadership baton in his knapsack

cossietostay Higgins Liberals have told VEXNEWS that their local Member of Parliament Peter Costello has made it clear he will be running again in the blue-ribbon seat. This will fuel speculation he plans to return to Liberal leadership ranks.

A loyal Costello lieutenant operating in the area said on condition of anonymity:

“He’s made it quite clear there’s no vacancy in Higgins and no prospect of any vacancy in Higgins. With Rudd doing his best to impersonate Gough Whitlam’s overseas travel and overblown spending, Costello is clearly the best credentialed man in Australia to take him on and win it (government) back. And of course he wants to be Leader, it’s his destiny, mate.”

They thought it unlikely Costello would challenge for the leadership prior to the next election saying that Turnbull “would be given every chance” but that “many Liberals have written off 2010 as too hard.”

“Rudd thinks he can spend his way out of recession. It’s not going to work but that probably won’t be clear for a couple of years. Then with deficits at their peak and an economy in the toilet, we will turn to Costello to lead us from the wilderness,” the well-placed source said.

We have carefully monitored the views of Kroger and Costello supporters within Higgins in the past few months and this is by far the most confident they have sounded for a very long time about Costello being leader, as they always hoped and planned.

Many thought Costello needlessly oversold his announced departure after the 2007 election and blamed his missus for pressuring him.

“He had a lot of pressure from home to get out and – in a moment of weakness – relented. But he wouldn’t be running again without Tania’s blessing and he’s definitely running again. As the world economy has cratered, it’s become clearer to them that there could be a huge window of opportunity for them,” the source considered close to the family explained.

“Look at his performances in the House and on television recently. He’s clearly the best weapon in our arsenal. If Turnbull can’t win, Costello will. Just wait and see.”

The Victorian Liberal hierarchy will open nominations for Higgins within the next couple of months with an outside chance it could be deferred til later in the year. A Costello announcement could put pressure on Turnbull’s leadership unless it is handled carefully. It will also potentially cause Costello to need to re-evaluate his decision not to accept a front-bench role.

It could also create opportunities for the government, political insiders say, because it will assist Rudd in linking the Liberals with the policies and mistakes of the Howard government.


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  1. Cossie – you prick.

    Posted by J-Rat | February 17, 2009, 10:00
  2. J-Rat, I’m with you on that call.

    Posted by J A | February 17, 2009, 10:01
  3. Stop talking to Tony Smith, he is full of lies.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009, 10:04
  4. Warren Samuel is the powerbroker to end all powerbroking.

    Only he can save us in Higgins.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009, 10:10
  5. Has Costello resigned from Higgins triggering a bye-election and then he is going to run again so that he can regain the Liberal party leadership in a challenge? I would think that the electorate of Higgins will reject this move. After all he abandoned them in a time of need and now he wants them to take him back.

    Posted by Cossies mate | February 17, 2009, 11:11
  6. Cossie! Cossie! Cossie!

    Oi! Oi! Oi!

    Posted by Aussie Cossie | February 17, 2009, 11:14
  7. Unelectable, arrogant, born to rule mentality and delusions of grandeur.

    Posted by anon | February 17, 2009, 11:50
  8. “This will fuel speculation he plans to return to the Liberal leadership.”

    You can’t return to something you never had.

    Posted by Tanya | February 17, 2009, 12:06
  9. True, but he was deputy leader, as you might recall.

    Posted by VEXNEWS | February 17, 2009, 12:13
  10. i luv pete, no real life experience like me. great private school masturbator, not much good at anything else. cossies a fraud no balls, no bite!

    Posted by tiny tony | February 17, 2009, 12:28
  11. Statements made by one of the bank’s economists today include the gem that Australia was barely affected by the Asian crisis of 2000, so it looks like poor ‘ol Pete has to erase his claim to have “saved us from it” from his resume.

    Posted by Johno | February 17, 2009, 13:10
  12. Honeys… the born to rule mentality of the conservatives knows no bounds! Costello is the embodiment of this nonsense.

    His “give it to me on a silver platter” attitude under Howard was nauseating, as was his refusal to stand up and fight for it! Coward!

    Then, he delivered the longest, most orchestrated ‘dummy spit’ in political history to his party and all observers. This was churlish, petulant and grindingly boring! He still is!

    If I were Tanya, I would have given him a short sharp vinegar slap on the legs, and told him to stop whingeing and sooking!

    If he ever achieves the Conservative leadership – his party will split, and the ALP will govern for at least another 17 years!!!

    In the meantime, he will remain a lightening rod of media distraction for his sad party, and badly needed traction will remain elusive.

    Posted by Natasha The Despoiler | February 17, 2009, 13:46
  13. mate what reform has this fraud ever undertaken. Government Spending as a percentage of GDP was 24% when the terd left. No tough decisions there. What happened to the mining dividend. Peter spent it like a druken sailor. His only claim to fame was getting rid of Government debt which he did easily with the sale of telstra. This guy will go down in history as a light weight!

    Posted by tiny contributor | February 17, 2009, 14:22
  14. Warren Samuel is a professional son. All the world’s problems derive from placing legacy babies in positions of authority.

    End Communication.

    Posted by Steve Sensible | February 17, 2009, 14:36
  15. He’s still in the game WHOOOOOO! Time to take down that prick from Vacluse hahahahahahah

    Posted by anonamouse | February 17, 2009, 17:00
  16. Oh well little mouse – in that case he will take himself and his party down in the process.

    Posted by Natasha The Despoiler | February 17, 2009, 17:18
  17. Political economic loonies around the world like Pete deregulated so much that the corporate crooks thought every day was Christmas. Thanks Pete. My Super is rooted, and my son got fired last month.

    He’s as popular at my place as the alleged Churchill arsonist.

    Posted by Broke | February 17, 2009, 22:33
  18. Broke – get off the drugs. Rudd and Swan are to blame for your woes, not the great Howard and Costello.

    PS Grow up.

    Posted by Anon | February 17, 2009, 22:40
  19. Who did ‘break in’ the young tender Tania at Monash? The Mad Monk or Goofy?

    Posted by Bob Ellis | February 17, 2009, 22:53
  20. Bob Ellis, you sick geriatric fuck. Have you paid out that defamation money yet?

    BTW, “Tanya” studied at the University of Sydney, not Monash.

    Posted by Anonski | February 17, 2009, 23:04
  21. I have it on from a good source that the Mad Monk was the ‘first one’ to deflower Tania and to spray his ‘sacred seed’ into her virginal womb.

    Posted by Bob Ellis | February 17, 2009, 23:08
  22. Alston Chair of Kooyong FEC 245 to 181. Clean sweep of all executive positions to the anti baillieu/petro/davis coalition.

    Ted’s days are numbered.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009, 23:23
  23. Honeys…

    It is actually the Conservative party who’s days are numbered (in its’ current form)…

    So Kooyong turns feral conservative – the alarm bell for small ‘l’ progressives is ringing loudly.

    Prepare the lifeboats!!!

    Posted by Natasha The Despoiler | February 17, 2009, 23:29
  24. How is Alston’s marriage these days? It was not to flash not too long ago, due to a few indiscretions.

    Posted by anon | February 17, 2009, 23:38