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Three Days Of Conflicting Claims Over Liberal Leadership: Now Costello Holds A Press Conference

For the third day in a row, the claims and counter-claims over a 1994 deal on the Liberal Party leadership dominated the political news.

The controversy began on July 10 with publication of claims by former Defence Minister Ian McLachlan that he witnessed a deal between John Howard and Peter Costello on December 5, 1994. He claimed that Howard offered to stand down from the prime ministership, provided he could take the party leadership unopposed.

At media doorstops, Costello confirmed McLachlan’s account, whilst Howard said no such deal was made.

On July 11, Howard held a media doorstop and then a press conference to again refute suggestions of a deal. [Read more…]