Costello steps down

November 25th, 2007 at 3:16 pm by David Farrar

Peter Costello has announced he will not seek the Leadership of the Liberal Party, and also stand down as Deputy Leader.  One has to feel sorry for him – so long waiting for the top job and now not worth having when it is finally his.

This now provides fascinating opportunities.  Turnbull is not that popular with his colleagues (he was the Chairman of the Republican Movement).  Tony Abbott may stand, and he is a brawler who would be an effective opposition leader.  A good team could be Abbott as Leader and Turnbull as Deputy and Finance.  Turnbull is very committed to massive tax reform.

It will be interesting to see who stands.

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41 Responses to “Costello steps down”

  1. Insolent Prick (417 comments) says:

    Turnbull’s a star. Watching Costello last night, I did think he seemed so dejected that he wouldn’t want the Liberal leadership.

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  2. Yeti (64 comments) says:

    It’d be great to see Abbot in there, he really is a fighter (he boxed for Oxford against Sandhurst) and they’re going to need it.

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  3. somefella (19 comments) says:

    Since based on my observations, Abbott makes the average Aussies skin crawl I don’t think this would be good for the Liberals.

    The one thing they need to do is move away from the scary extremists like Abbot not towards them.

    Abbott is not a brawler he is just nasty, his attacks are easy to fend off. Costello on the other hand was a very good fighter and debater who’s points always had his formidable intellect behind them.

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  4. GPT1 (2,087 comments) says:

    Pretty soft from Costello but perhaps avoid having someone who appears to be genuinely unpopular (for all his skill) in the Australian electorate.

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  5. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    I am very sad. Whenever I watched Costello at question time I could not help but have a broad smile on my face, I think he is great but yes time to move on. The Liberal Party needs to look to the future with fresh talent, someone who can reach across to floating voters, some-one who is warm. But for the next 12 months or so it will be Rudd and his team.

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  6. Minnie (96 comments) says:

    Julie Bishop…perhaps not this time around, but watch this space. Intelligent, warm and female.

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  7. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    Poor rightists, another continent gone.

    Life ain’t ever easy when your are a ghetto child

    Eh David?

    [DPF: And that's 10 points for trolling. Incidentially with centre-right Governments in five (or arguably six) of the seven G7 countries, it isn't too lonely. I mean hell have only won elections recently in Germany, France and Canada]

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  8. GerryandthePM (328 comments) says:

    Abbott and Costello would match Labour perfectly.

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  9. Reg (544 comments) says:

    Steady sonic, our nearest neighbour has just thrown out a competent incumbent government.
    Imagine what NZers are going to do next year to an incompetent one!

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  10. Peak Oil Conspiracy (2,938 comments) says:

    Sonic:

    Poor rightists, another continent gone.
    Life ain’t ever easy when your are a ghetto child
    Eh David?

    Is this your idea of constructive commentary?

    Perhaps you can do better. What are your thoughts on Rudd’s economic conservative line? Do you agree with the Australian Labor Party providing substantial tax cuts – just not about $180,000 income threshold? Do you agree with the ALP’s anti-green position on the Tasmanian pulp mill issue? Do you agree with the ALP’s support for the aboriginal intervention strategy?

    That’s just four questions to get you started.

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  11. Tina (687 comments) says:

    Rudd’s been elected as Howard lite, identical economics, messing about with industrial law and stroking the chardy luvvies as required.

    He starts messing with Aust prosperity and he knows he better watch the door doesn’t hit his arse on the way out.

    The left will be mighty disappointed with Rudd.

    Abbott is a professional Catholic, he’s too concerned with issues that involve “Father”, a non starter for long term leadership, tho a possible disposable interim.
    Turnbull, great future, too smart to grab it now.
    Costello back after a year on the backbench is the ideal move…regularly demolishes Rudd at Question Time.

    “It was the Germans…no, it was the gliders….no, it was the weather….
    no,” said General H, “It was a bridge too far.”….an irresistible 11.5 year Aust cycle….ask Hawke.

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  12. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “That’s just four questions to get you started.”

    He’s off so fast he’d be kicking dust off a wet gravel road. Simpering little commie coward.

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  13. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    That’s just four questions to get you started

    KIA, our blue-rinse hedgie needs to be beaten into a corner by multiple posters before fronting with useful commentary. I’ve seen it happen but it’s rare.

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  14. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    ooops, sorry KIA. that was Peak :)

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  15. dad4justice (7,725 comments) says:

    “Poor rightists, another continent gone.”

    Talking about your homeland Scotland sonic ? What made you come here and start stirring shit ?

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  16. Peak Oil Conspiracy (2,938 comments) says:

    KrazyKiwi:

    [O]ur blue-rinse hedgie needs to be beaten into a corner by multiple posters before fronting with useful commentary. I’ve seen it happen but it’s rare.

    Absolutely agree, and I’ve pulled Sonic up on this before. Last time was on an Iraq-related thread. Sonic was, over a period of days, begging DPF to post on National’s foreign affairs policy, and when DPF obliged, Sonic suddenly had nothing to say about it.

    So I have an objective basis for saying that Sonic’s comments tend to ring a bit hollow. Yes, Sonic comes across as a hollow man. Are we still allowed to say that? Or has the Left monopolised that term as part of a wider strategy to “reclaim” the blogosphere?

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  17. bobbytambling (41 comments) says:

    Adolf Fiinkensein
    Saturday, 24th November 07, 3:19 pm

    I think the Libs will win. kg, I too lived there from 1970 to 1982. Rudd is immature and it showed yesterday when he made a remarkable and , I believe, fatal last day blunder. He promised to ‘apologise to Aborigines.’ You see, the vast majority of white Australians despise and detest Aborigines. Australians are inherently racist and don’t mind too much about saying so. Kiwis are just as racist but we try to deceive ourselves and the rest of the world that we are not.

    I’m looking forward to the coverage tonight on Sky.

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  18. Insolent Prick (417 comments) says:

    The great irony is that the leftist trolls on this blog can’t explain this:

    Howard lost the election after a massively successful, and hugely expensive ACTU-paid campaign against workchoices, Howard’s industrial relations reforms.

    It was the most sophisticated and resource-intensive campaign in Australian political history. Almost all Australian commentators agree that the reaction to, and campaign against Workchoices lost the Liberals another term.

    Here in New Zealand, the New Zealand labour party wants to stop these third parties from having any say in an election.

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  19. Paul W (266 comments) says:

    Abbott, you must be kidding. He’s had a terrible campaign, gaffs all over the place. Besides which he’s seen as very much Howard’s man. Geez, David you’re wide of the mark on this one – Costello’s blink represents Turnbull’s chance. The deputy should be Hockey or Bishop.

    [DPF: True he did have some gaffes. The thing is the Libs probably can't work next time, so why not put in someone who will never be PM but is a good brawler who will knock Rudd around a bit. As for Deputy which Bishop do you mean? :-)]

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  20. Reg (544 comments) says:

    IP said:
    “Here in New Zealand, the New Zealand labour party wants to stop these third parties from having any say in an election”.

    My guess IP is that the Govt will stack the Electoral Office with “tame” officials and only selectively enforce the EFB.
    Those opposed to Labour will face the full force of the law, but Labour’s allies will be able to shelter behind that startling new quasi-legal statute known as the “Law of Common Sense”

    Poor Australia, fancy falling for Rudd the Dud, a mandarin speaking union loving socialist attired in conservative garb.

    Lets guess their Agenda.

    1. Immediate introduction of Union freindly laws, lowering productivity and dashing employment prospects.

    2. A legislative program crammed with politically correct social engineering initiatives: Anti-smacking, Gay marriage, and a halting of the successful Northern Territory Aboriginal intervention.

    3.Ratifying Kyoto and generally stifling economic growth as a sop to the Green movement from which they gained so many seats via “preferences”

    4. A politicising of the Civil Service by stealth.

    5. A gradual reduction of Freedoms in the name of preserving the integrity of the Democratic process.

    6. Selecting a conservative minority as a “scape goat” for all the problems they create, and demonising it nationally.

    Sorry Australia we could of warned you. We’ve seen it all before!

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  21. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    Yes Rudd would make a damn good leader of the Liberals and it took that to get rid of Howard. Now he wants to select his own Cabinet instead of having this vote thing the ALP has. I guess they will swallow that. Rudd intends to lead the ALP from the front and tell the factions to go hang yourselves. Very intesting indeed. The next big question is whether Julia Guillard will demand to be Treasurer. It is her right and she is ambitious enough to want it and she should make the claim.

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  22. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    Tina “Rudd’s been elected as Howard lite, identical economics” hardly.

    Reg “Gay marriage, and a halting of the successful Northern Territory Aboriginal intervention”, otherwise known as bigotry and racism. Still don’t hold back ole boy.

    “Ratifying Kyoto and generally stifling economic growth” Are the two mutually exclusive? That is thinking of the intellectually bereft, however after your hankering of the good old days where the gas were in the cupboard, dad could thrash his kids and the Abo’s were up north and treated like 4th class citizens, ah the good old days.

    “A gradual reduction of Freedoms” manifested how?

    “Rudd the Dud, a mandarin speaking union loving socialist attired in conservative garb.”
    Wow what the hell, are all the children blogging tonight? With all due respect, that’s about as clever and funny as a primary school playground conversation.

    Reg you have looked at the calendar recently, it is 2007 and not 1907?

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  23. Tina (687 comments) says:

    ““Rudd’s been elected as Howard lite, identical economics” hardly.”

    Always nice to see a Kiwi with knowlege of Aust politics.

    Rudd has spent the election campaign describing himself as an economic conservative. The left Aust press like Age SMH etc have described his economics as “me too” vs Howard.

    So away from IR, luvvie stroking and edge tinkering exactly what economic paradigms do you assert will change….Paul.

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  24. Insolent Prick (417 comments) says:

    Gillard looks likely to keep employment and industrial relations: industrial relations is her specialty, and Labor won on the back of ACTU’s third party campaigning for Labor against Workchoices.

    Wayne Swan’s been the shadow treasurer for three years: there was a bit of talk during the campaign about who Rudd would name as Treasurer, but Rudd came out and confirmed Swan would take the job and Gillard expressed her wish for IR.

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  25. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    Tina,

    how do any of these policies equate to that of the right in Australia, and if so, I would welcome a little of that in Key’s election planning.

    Employment law – Will abolish individual employment contracts
    Tax – Will defer tax cuts for people earning $180,000
    Health – Will negotiate new agreements with states and territories as part of a $2.5 billion hospital and healthcare plan, promising to take full financial control of the system if they fail to meet prescribed standards by mid-2009
    Environment – Will ratify the Kyoto Protocol
    Childcare – Will boost childcare rebate
    Aboriginal – Will sign the UN declaration on indigenous rights

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  26. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    I agree he’s no Chavez, but he’s definitely not Howard in a younger suit.

    Besides which, I thought having anything to do with Kyoto would spell economic rack and ruin, doom and gloom, and end to economic life as we know it. That’s what the right keep telling us.

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  27. Tina (687 comments) says:

    I’ll take Paul’s non reply as an admission that he self assesses as being full of manure.

    Apparently, Paul, after all, agrees with me.

    Rudd is a proud economic conservative……our man in Labor, so to speak.

    No economic paradigm shifts there Paul…just colour and movement for the luvvies.

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  28. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    Paul,

    Just briefly before I talk about something else, Rudd made a huge deal of having himself branded an economic conservative even go as far as ticking off Howard/Costello for the huge spending promises ($AUS65 billion according to the SMH).
    —————————————-
    To change the subject somewhat I think both Labour and the Nats here in NZ can learn a great deal from the events of last night.

    Labour:
    1. Having an experienced PM can be a major liability.
    2. Negative campaigning against an untried young Leader of the Opposition and his party isn’t very smart.
    3. It can be hard to combat the ‘time for a change’ mentally.
    4. Being dogmatic about policy (in Aussie the IR stuff) isn’t clever.
    5. Don’t let the other side set the policy agenda.

    National:
    1. A fresh face for Leader like Key can be an asset.
    2. Stay on message and talk about the future (Rudd did this very well).
    3. Howard and co spent a fortune on the campaign but got flogged anyway.
    4. Huge tax cuts won’t win the 2008 election on their own.
    5. Staying ahead in the polls for a long time can be beneficial in helping voters make up their minds early that it’s time to kick the govt out.

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  29. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    refresh your browser Tina.

    still more…

    “50% Education Tax Refund for working families supporting their children’s education.” Left/Right?

    “From 2009, full-fee paying undergraduate places will be phased out” Left/right

    “Make child care more affordable for more than 700,000 Australian families by lifting the Child Care Tax Rebate to 50 per cent, up to $7,500 per child each year” Left/right

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  30. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    Lidsay,

    true “Rudd made a huge deal of having himself branded an economic conservative” but so too does Cullen to a certain extent without the tax cuts. Ask any (for want of a better word) ‘traditional’ NZ labour supporter and they will say that Cullen is economically conservative.

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  31. Tina (687 comments) says:

    Pauli…you better tell Rudd he’s going to run a socialist Aust economy he’s been denying it for the last year.

    Rough eh?

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  32. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    Tina,

    who said there would be a paradigm shift, under most social democratic economies right now, will we ever see paradigm shifts, or just tweeking around the centre.

    Lots of politicians with splinters in their bums from sitting on that small fence in the middle is all we get these days, for good or bad.

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  33. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    Tina,

    sorry if the policies from the Aust Labour site don’t fit with your image of the man. I was just trying to help you. They don’t look too economically conservative to me, 60% of greenhouse gas emission cuts – doesn’t everyone on the right agree that is economic suicide?

    Rudd- I don’t even like the guy, I just get a giggle out of seeing the right turfed out in OZ.

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  34. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    Paul,

    You hint at a debate that is going to be a critical factor in the 08 NZ election. The Nats will argue that Cullen isn’t conservative but just has increased govt spending for poor returns in key areas like health and education whilst Labour will use the argument that National will reduce spending too much and hurt essential govt programs.

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  35. Tina (687 comments) says:

    Nice to see you agree with my original post…

    “Rudd’s been elected as Howard lite, identical economics, messing about with industrial law and stroking the chardy luvvies as required.”

    No economic “hardlys” now?

    Rudd is our boy if we can keep the unions off his back.

    Sorry.

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  36. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    True Lindsay,

    This will be a big point, but one that is backed by about 95% of all polls taken, that Kiwis would still rather see money spent on health and education than in tax cuts.

    Good point.
    2am Vancouver – gotta go.

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  37. Anthony (766 comments) says:

    When they think its other people who will get tax cuts, yes of course they would rather see the money spent on health and education – not that doubling health spending has achieved much!

    Ask people directly if they themselves would rather have a tax cut or see the government spend the money instead and I bet you would get a different answer.

    DPF may be able to confirm that the exact wording of these sorts of questions in opinion polls is very important.

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  38. Policy Parrot (175 comments) says:

    What the folk dwelling out to the neo-liberal right of the political spectrum fail to realise is that the majority of people, don’t actually have a problem with governments spending money.

    It is only those few who feel they are “more entitled” to the funds that government spends than the balance of the population because of their larger generating capacity who complain.

    Sure – when there is incompetence, and in any government, this is bound to happen occasionally, makes more people sympathetic to the “taxman wastage ethos”.
    But those same people who delight in quoting Thomas Hobbes and visualise bringing about his “state of nature” with (respect to economics) into actual existence with a kind of zealotry that would put the Nazi Party to shame, should remember that he also is quoted as “for to be contented with so much liberty against other men as he would allow other men against himself”.

    So the sum of one is more than its parts – ‘synergy’ perhaps?

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  39. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “What the folk dwelling out to the neo-liberal right of the political spectrum fail to realise is that the majority of people, don’t actually have a problem with governments spending money.”

    What crap. Make tax payments voluntary then you bullshitting socialist twerp. See how much tax you collect then.

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  40. Craig Ranapia (1,912 comments) says:

    What the folk dwelling out to the neo-liberal right of the political spectrum fail to realise is that the majority of people, don’t actually have a problem with governments spending money.

    Really, Policy Parrot? Think you’re all missing the point here – I’m sure “most people” don’t have problems with public health and education, but have enormous issues with low quality or outright ineffective spending. And I’d love to see Policy Parrot front up to a room full of parents, or a family who’ve just had a loved one die on a waiting list, and say “Shit happens, get over it losers.”

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  41. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    Looks like the Libs are going nuclear:
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/libs-implode-as-costello-bales-out/2007/11/25/1195975870395.html

    “Another of Mr Howard’s closest allies said the Prime Minister was the key problem. “The PM, they were just so over him. He looked old, they were sick of him,” he said. “We could just see Howard couldn’t win, and I could see that by March.”

    and
    “As the Liberals drowned their sorrows on Saturday night, one former senior Liberal adviser blamed the result on “the f—ing Chinese”, an apparent reference to Asian voters in Bennelong turning against Mr Howard”.

    The F word seems to be popular with these guys atm!!

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