A fascinating feature of last week’s political killing season — a Premier and a federal Opposition Leader gunned down over three blood-spilling days — was the role of the Tripodi, Obeid and Minchin as sneaky puppeteers.
Malcolm Turnbull will now do to Abbott and Minchin — for it is Nick Minchin who is now in charge of the Liberal Party — what Costello did to him; simply sit there, watching, a threat by his mere existence, writes Bernard Keane.
There isn’t a burgeoning ideological split between conservatives and liberals. Climate change is not a stalking horse for social conservatism. And this isn’t the old guard rebelling against the new guard, writes Chris Berg.
The Liberal Party is falling apart tonight as conservative frontbenchers resign. Tony Abbott and Sophie Mirabella resigned a short time ago, with Nick Minchin rumoured to follow. Bernard Keane tracks the carnage as it happens.
Just when you think they’ve hit bottom, the Liberals surprise by finding new ways to tear themselves apart. The Libs have promised to get their act together, but who seriously thinks they have finished?
The CPRS battles within the Liberal party have nothing to do with good public policy or climate change, says Mark Bahnisch — it’s a contest over the spoils of opposition and the ideological direction of the party itself.
Yesterday, Sports Minister Kate Ellis arm-wrestled with pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan. No really; it was for charity. And the undercard bout between Nick ”the Refrigerator” Minchin and Malcolm “the Merchant Banker” Turnbull was just as vicious, reports Annabel Crabb.
Senator Nick Minchin’s suggestion that climate change is all some global left-wing communist conspiracy is undermining serious negotiations between the Government and Opposition on emissions trading, writes MP Lindsay Tanner.
The Coalition has descended into new levels of chaos over emissions trading, with a pack of 17 rebels getting behind Senator Nick Minchin as he slammed the scheme in Parliament yesterday, and even Tony Abbott now reneging his support.
Nick Minchin’s appearance onn Four Corners last week was a calculated performance by one of the country’s shrewdest political tacticians who knew precisely how the media and his colleagues would react.
Why has Ian Macfarlane completely reversed his opinion on Carbon Capture and Storage — from such a strong advocate of the when in government to his recent denunciation on Four Corners? asks Michael James.
Nick Minchin’s remarks that climate change is just another stage in the anti-industrial campaigns of the Left shows what ancient paranoic nonsense the climate change sceptics are working off, says Guy Rundle.
Nick Minchin and the rest of the Coalition’s climate-sceptic cabal didn’t just open up to the ABC’s 4 Corners to stick it to Rudd: they genuinely believe climate change is a left-wing conspiracy, writes Samantha Maiden.
The Federal Opposition nearly managed to get through an entire sitting week last week without making themselves the issue, says Bernard Keane. Nearly. But Nick Minchin and Barnaby Joyce had other ideas.