South Australia

Jan 31, 2013

SA Libs in turmoil: Redmond walks, Downer out of running

South Australian Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond has finally fallen on her sword. It's a huge relief to many of her colleagues, writes Kevin Naughton of InDaily.

Isobel Redmond

South Australian Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond has finally quit. The Liberal leader told MPs at a party meeting in Port Pirie this morning she would step down “in the face of ongoing leadership speculation and disunity”.

A ballot for the position will be held at 9am Monday. InDaily understands retired federal minister Alexander Downer will not contest the leadership.

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24 thoughts on “SA Libs in turmoil: Redmond walks, Downer out of running

  1. floorer

    It’s a damn shame, the only time I’ve voted Liberal in a state election was because of Redmond. Have to laugh at Liberals saying they’re glad the chaos is over. Self induced chaos.

  2. klewso

    Can someone talk Cory Bernardi into doing something for lifting the tone in federal politics – by taking on this “Position Vacant”?

  3. floorer

    The regulation daily klewso quip.

  4. TheFamousEccles

    Sorry klewso, but Cory is a rare lunatic, and I don’t think South Australians should take this one for the team! We don’t want ‘im!

  5. Mike Flanagan

    It is an astute and pertinent one floorer.
    But I suppose Bernadi is too busy being Abbotts advance party for his Tea Party money grubbing exercises in England and America.

  6. Mike Flanagan

    As for voting Liberal at the last election one would have thought any intelligent South Australian could tell the difference between a broken down Clysdale and an Aussie Whaler.
    You backed the wrong horse there, me china plate

  7. floorer

    Sorry Mike, nothing astute about it. Just trying to be clever for its own sake. Redmond won more of the popular vote last election so I wasn’t alone.

  8. Mike Flanagan

    Never mind, there is always the next race. But that should teach you not to put all your brass on the flip of a coin by blind ‘spinner’.

  9. floorer

    Mike, Redmond was socially progressive and didn’t appear to be tied to any particular church, like the shop workers union for instance. This appealed to me. IF…. the Liberals had all bonded behind her I can see no reason they couldn’t have won the next election. Labor’s been in office for a long time.

  10. Mike Flanagan

    For ever and a day the SA Libs will be cursed by the illegitimate son of the Adelaide Aristocracy and their ilk.
    Add in the Bernadi, Pyne Tea party clique and surely you have an unbakeable damper to contend with.

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