2CC Commentary: Liberal Leadership & Climate Change

I appeared on Mark Parton’s breakfast show on Canberra Radio 2CC this morning.

Mark Parton, Radio 2CC Canberra

We touched on the state of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership of the Liberal Party, especially in the light of today’s opinion polls which show a significant collapse in coalition support and approval of Turnbull.

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Turnbull Pushes For Delay of Emissions Trading Scheme Legislation

The Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced that the coalition will move to defer passage of the Emissions Trading Scheme legislation until next year.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the Nationals leader, Warren Truss, Turnbull argued that the legislation should be delayed until after the Copenhagen conference at the end of the year.

Turnbull also argued that Australia should wait until US legislation is debated and voted on. He claimed that the American legislation will become the “benchmark” for other nations to follow.

The Opposition will oppose the ETS legislation if its deferral moves fail.

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National Day Of Mourning Service For Bushfire Victims

A 90-minute ceremony has taken place at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, as part of the National Day of Mourning for victims of the February 7 bushfires.

Kevin Rudd, John Brumby, Malcolm Turnbull and Ted Baillieu were the major political figures at the service which was also attended by representatives of religious groups. The Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, spoke, as did Princess Anne, representing the Queen.

An orchestra and choir augmented the speeches and messages throughout the service, culminating in Bruce Woodley’s rendition of “We Are Australian”.

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Black Saturday Bushfires: Moving Speeches In Parliament For Victims

The House of Representatives was the scene today of a moving condolence motion for victims of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria.

The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, was not in attendance, having stayed in Melbourne, but his deputy, Julia Gillard, visibly affected, gave a magnificent speech to a silent chamber. She was followed by the Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, who delivered an equally impressive and moving speech.

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  • Julia Gillard – Deputy Prime Minister

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  • Malcolm Turnbull – Leader of the Opposition

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  • Wayne Swan – Treasurer

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  • Julie Bishop – Deputy Leader of the Opposition

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  • Robert McClelland – Attorney-General

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  • Warren Truss – Leader of The Nationals

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  • Steve Gibbons, Member for Bendigo (ALP)

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  • Sharman Stone, Member for Murray (Lib)

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  • Catherine King, Member for Ballarat (ALP)

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  • David Hawker, Member for Wannon (Lib)

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  • Harry Jenkins, Speaker & Member for Scullin (ALP)

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Members also spoke about the Queensland flood situation:

  • Wayne Swan – Treasurer

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  • Warren Truss – Leader of The Nationals

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  • Tony Windsor – Member for New England (Ind) – on behalf of the independent member for Kennedy, Bob Katter.

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Malcolm Turnbull’s New Year Message

Malcolm Turnbull Twitters

Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the Federal OppositionI’m following Malcolm Turnbull on Twitter. Is that more disturbing than knowing that he’s following me?

The Opposition Leader joined the micro-blogging network Twitter this week. As of tonight, he has 627 followers and is following 593. He’s written 20 updates, the most recent informing us that he was in Crows Nest with Joe Hockey.

Whilst some Australian politicians have blogs and Facebook pages, Turnbull is the only one I know of who is tweeting.

Crikey has a good piece today on the use of Twitter by Bigpond customers. In turn, Bigpond customer service now has its own presence on Twitter.

Malcolm Turnbull Address To The Nation

The Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull, today responded to the Prime Minister’s Address to the Nation. He offered support for the government’s package of stimulus measures.

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Turnbull Offers Support For Economic Stimulus Package

Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the OppositionThe Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull, has offered support to the economic stimulus package announced today by the Rudd government.

Speaking at a press conference with Deputy Leader Julie Bishop, Turnbull said: “We welcome the Government’s announcement today, especially for Australia’s age pensioners who have been denied justice for too long. This is a significant improvement in their position and we welcome it. Now this is also a very significant economic stimulus; a significant fiscal stimulus. And we trust that the government has taken into account the advice from Treasury and considered the impact that this stimulus may have on the Reserve Bank’s ability to reduce, to continue reducing interest rates, for example. But nonetheless we are not going to argue about the composition of the package or quibble about it. It has our support. It will provide a stimulus to the economy, that’s for certain. And above all it gives justice to Australia’s age pensioners in particular, who have been doing it especially tough.”

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This is the transcript of the Turnbull-Bishop press conference:

TURNBULL:

Well we welcome the Government’s announcement today, especially for Australia’s age pensioners who have been denied justice for too long. This is a significant improvement in their position and we welcome it.

Now this is also a very significant economic stimulus; a significant fiscal stimulus. And we trust that the government has taken into account the advice from Treasury and considered the impact that this stimulus may have on the Reserve Bank’s ability to reduce, to continue reducing interest rates, for example. [Read more…]

Liberals Offer Three-Point Plan For Financial Crisis

The Federal Opposition has offered a three-point plan for strengthening the Australian economy.

As Australian and international stock markets spiralled downwards today, the Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull, has called for the Rudd Government to:

  • Increase the proposed Government backed deposit guarantee scheme to cover deposits up to a minimum of $100,000;

  • Increase the investment into AAA rated Residential Mortgage Backed Securities through the Australian Office of Financial Management to at least $10 billion;
  • Announce it will not implement the Emissions Trading Scheme prior to 2011.

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Financial Crisis: Malcolm Turnbull Address To Queensland Liberal National Party

The Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull, has delivered a speech on leadership and action in response to the international economic crisis. He addressed the first annual conference of the newly-formed Liberal National Party in Queensland.

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