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Archives for November 2007

The Morning After: ABC Radio News Reports The 2007 Federal Election

This is the complete audio of ABC Radio news on the morning after the 2007 federal election.

The recording is of the 7.45am broadcast on Melbourne radio 3LO/774.

The news reports the defeat of the Howard coalition government after nearly 12 years in office and the election of Kevin Rudd and the first Labor government since 1996. [Read more…]


Costello To Quit Politics; Will Not Seek Or Accept Liberal Leadership

The Treasurer in the defeated coalition government, Peter Costello, has announced that he “will not seek and will not accept” the leadership or deputy leadership of the Liberal Party.

Peter and Tanya CostelloSpeaking at a press conference in Melbourne, Costello said: “I will continue to serve my constituents and in serving my constituents I hope that I will have a role to play perhaps mentoring some of the newer MPs.” Significantly, he did not commit to serving the full three years of the term he was elected to yesterday.

Costello said he “will be looking to build a career post-politics in the commercial world”.

Costello has been deputy leader of the Liberal Party since May 23, 1994. He was been Treasurer since the Howard government was elected in 1996. His decision to vacate the field will likely lead to a contest between outgoing ministers such as Malcolm Turnbull, Brendan Nelson, Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and Julie Bishop. [Read more…]


Costello To Quit Politics; Won’t Seek Leadership

Nov 25 – 12.45pm – The outgoing Treasurer, Peter Costello, has announced that he will not seek the leadership of the Liberal Party following its defeat at yesterday’s election.

Costello said he would serve out his three-year term as the member for Higgins and would leave politics at the next election.

Adapting the words of former United States President Lyndon Johnson, Costello said: “I will not seek and I will not accept the leadership of the Liberal Party.”

Can Turnbull Snatch The Prize?

Nov 25 – 1.00pm – Political attention will now focus on whether the member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull, can secure the leadership of the Federal Liberal Party.

Turnbull won a second term in the House of Representatives at yesterday’s election, withstanding a concerted attempt to unseat him. He nearly won the seat on primary votes.

Other likely contenders for the leadership are Brendan Nelson and Joe Hockey. Alexander Downer will also be called on to make his intentions clear. Julie Bishop could be a contender but is more likely to seek the deputy’s position.

Nightmare For Liberal Party Worsens, Or Does It?

Nov 25 – 1.15pm – Whilst some will see Peter Costello’s departure as a worsening nightmare for the Liberal Party, following its defeat in yesterday’s election, the decision also represents an opportunity to move to a new generation of leadership untainted by the Howard-Costello years.

Conversely, the decision by Costello robs his party of a strong parliamentary performer with experience in government.

For Kevin Rudd, the development represents a stunning defeat of his two major opponents in the coalition government.


2007 Federal Election Night Reports

Updates appear in reverse chronological order.

Ignominious End For John Howard

10.05pm – John Howard has become only the second prime minister in Australian history to lose an election and his seat. Whilst final results are not in, and there are many absentee, pre-poll and postal votes still to come, it now appears very unlikely that Howard can retain Bennelong. There has been a 5.24% swing against the Prime Minister and Maxine McKew currently leads on 51.11% of the two-party vote.

The only other prime minister to lose his seat was Stanley Melbourne Bruce in 1929. Bruce’s government was defeated over industrial relations changes and Bruce lost the Melbourne electorate of Flinders. He regained the seat at the next election. By contrast, Howard’s political career is now over. [Read more…]


2007 Federal Election: Brave Predictions

This is a collection of media commentary during 2007 in which the writers make predictions about the federal election.

Judge for yourself how well they did…

Recycled, Rejected And Right Off The Rails

Yesterday, in the nation’s Parliament, with hardly a politician to be seen anywhere, we got some election realism. Three rows of recycling bins, whacking big green ones with yellow lids. More than 300 of them. Where? In the basement corridor of the ministerial wing. The bins seemed a more apt commentary than all the desperate, last-minute Coalition windbaggery going on around the nation on what is about to descend on the Prime Minister after 33 years in public life and almost 12 years remaking Australia in his own miserable, disfigured image. They arrived two days ago and whoever they’re for, 48 hours before a single vote is cast today, you felt [Read more…]


The Compelling Case For Change: Canberra Times Election Editorial

This is the election editorial from the Canberra Times.

The Canberra Times is a Rural Press/Fairfax publication.

Editorial from the Canberra Times.

The Compelling Case For Change

Those swinging voters entering polling booths today face a difficult choice: give an economically competent but increasingly tired Coalition a mandate for a fifth term or plump instead for a Labor Party which, if untried and unproved, has mounted a convincing case that it can bring fresh ideas and forward thinking to the challenges facing Australia. [Read more…]


Rudd Right Man For New Times: Daily Telegraph Election Editorial

This is the election editorial from Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph.

The Daily Telegraph is a News Limited publication.

Editorial from The Daily Telegraph.

Rudd Right Man For New Times

This is an unusual editorial in that it praises the leadership and legacy of our current prime minister – and calls for him to be thrown out of office.

The Daily Telegraph believes Kevin Rudd should be the next Prime Minister of Australia.

We believe Australia has been lucky to have been led by John Howard for the past 11 years. [Read more…]


We Can’t Afford The Luxury Of A Long Goodbye: Sydney Morning Herald Election Editorial

This is the election editorial from the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

The Herald is a Fairfax publication.

Editorial from the Sydney Morning Herald.

We Can’t Afford The Luxury Of A Long Goodbye

The fake pamphlet scandal in the seat of Lindsay maintains the faint air of unreality that has surrounded the Coalition’s election campaign. This editorial is not the one we should have been able to run on election eve. We should have been able to write about a Liberal Party that had renewed itself – a Government that had managed an orderly leadership transition from one generation to the next. Had things turned out differently, Peter Costello, as prime minister, would have had the opportunity to explain his freshened vision for this country over the next decade. We cannot write about that, because we know little about it. Mr Costello has spoken occasionally outside his portfolio in public, but more to soften his image for a suspicious electorate than to set out an alternative platform. He has always been – to his cost at times – a loyal member of the Government. [Read more…]


Time For A Change: Hobart Mercury Election Editorial

This is the election editorial from Hobart’s Mercury newspaper.

The Mercury is a News Limited publication.

Editorial from The Mercury.

Time For A Change

There is clearly a mood for change in Australia. The political climate warmed when Kevin Rudd swept to the leadership of the Australian Labor Party and it has remained so to the very eve of this federal election.

Yet there is no strong sense that the Coalition Government, led so skilfully by Prime Minister John Howard, has done anything so fundamentally wrong that it deserves to be tossed out on its ear. There is nothing that warrants a landslide to Labor. [Read more…]


Prosperity And Growth: Herald-Sun Election Editorial

This is the election editorial from Melbourne’s Herald-Sun newspaper.

The Herald-Sun is a News Limited publication.

Editorial from the Herald-Sun.

Prosperity And Growth

Finally, the contest – between a man we barely know and a man we know too well – is drawing to a close.

Our relative ignorance of Labor leader Kevin Rudd has been fashioned by party strategists into promise and possibility – he’s shiny and new without any unfortunate past, save for a misguided night in a New York strip club. [Read more…]