Coalition in trouble in Australia

March 10th, 2008 at 11:19 am by David Farrar

may end up with the shortest reign ever as Liberal Party Leader.

Four months into the job, and a poll shows:

  • 51% of voters want him replaced
  • 24% wants , 19% (who is leaving Parliament), 11% (Deputy Leader) and only 9% pick Nelson
  • Amongst Coalition voters even worse with 61% wanting Nelson gone and 31% preferring Turnbull over 7% for Nelson
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8 Responses to “Coalition in trouble in Australia”

  1. James W (277 comments) says:

    What was the logic of not putting Turnbull in as leader in the first place? He is very impressive.

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  2. Craig Ranapia (1,913 comments) says:

    As far as I can tell, James, Turnbull is a “liberal” pussy who’d give the likes of Redbaiter a stroke. I don’t see it myself, but I would say that wouldn’t I? OTOH, I don’t think Brendan Nelson is that bad either, but has the misfortune to be on the sticky end of Rudd’s long honeymoon. (Seriously, does the usually sceptical Oz media want to have Kev’s babies or what?) :)

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  3. david c (254 comments) says:

    “Seriously, does the usually sceptical Oz media want to have Kev’s babies or what?”

    Seems to be flavour of the month round the world that a new political face gets the golden treatment…

    Oz, USA, NZ…

    Gordon Brown must be sorely pissed off.

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  4. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    Turnbull is not only a Republican, he led the Republican campaign in 1999. Having such a staunch Republican leading what is overall a monarchist party would be problematic and demoralising, particularly if Rudd does call a Referendum on the issue. Admittedly Costello is a Republican too, but not nearly so vocal a one as Turnbull.

    Republicanism has always been a complex issue in Oz that straddles the left-right divide, so it’s very interesting to me to see that the Republican leaders are more popular among Coalition voters. Of course, doubtless Republicanism is only one issue among many, but still, interesting.

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  5. PaulL (5,964 comments) says:

    Rudd is doing fine so far, and much of the media are very left wing (particularly SMH and The Age). They’re wetting themselves over having a Labour party that is mildly competent – over the last few years anyone competent has gone into state politics, not federal.

    Brenden Nelson is a bit too overtly religious for my liking. He is reasonably inoffensive, but not inspiring. Malcolm Turnbull is fiercely intelligent, economically very right wing, socially quite liberal. He is too new to be leader right now, and who would want it when the opposition are in such disarray. Nelson is a seat warmer and a scape goat, no more.

    Of course, the interesting conspiracy theory is that Turnbull, like Key, used to work for Goldman Sachs. The money men in a plot to take over the world?

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  6. Neil (568 comments) says:

    How naive and silly people are ! Rudd won a victory on 24 Nov, he’s done nothing yet to determine the destiny of his governmenmt long term. Remember, even Helen Clark had poll ratings like Rudd’s at one stage. It’s a case of the Emporers New Clothes, everyone is so impressed with something. You’re not going to have an election in Australia for another three years. People aint interested, hence poor old Brendon’s ratings.
    Six months ago no one would have believed that Nelson would be leader- people assumed it was going to be Costello, even if Howard lost. No, Costello pulled out, which was a shame leaving a pretty thin invitation list.
    Tony Abbot, a quite nasty clone of John Howard,Malcolm Turnbull silvertail Republican latecomer,Nelson an effective education and defence minister married three times and bugger all.
    People are stupid to expect good poll figures from the Libs,Labour must start making pratts of themselves,which they will, and the Libs have to come to terms with opposition.
    Rolling a leader only delays the eventual recovery. I believe that Bill English’s rolling of Jenny Shipley has meant that Labour has had one term more than necessary.English as leader in 2005 would have beaten Clark.
    Even Christ would not have challenged Rudd’s poll ratings.Let the honeymoon last for another six months then wait and see

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  7. Kimble (4,392 comments) says:

    “Brenden Nelson is a bit too overtly religious for my liking.”

    Yeah, he looks like the devil. (RE the TV show Reaper in the US.)

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  8. NX (603 comments) says:

    I like the fact that Brendon Nelson can cross the political divide – having been in both camps. He used to run a health union!

    Nelson isn’t the first of last politician to convert to right leaning philosophy; Brash & Mike Moore to name a couple. But you don’t hear of politicians going to other way – from right to left. I reckon even Cullen has adopted some right leaning views; i.e. Kiwisaver is provided by private companies.

    Nelson comes across as a good bloke. So I hope the Aussies give him a chance.

    Turnball’s too obsesses with republicanism… and too arrogant.

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