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Thursday, April 8, 2010

News: Labor Launches “The Facts on Abbott” Website: Poor Reception?

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abbottfactsdotcomdotau onecuckoosnestA new Labor party election campaign was launched this morning, focusing on the words and actions of Liberal leader Tony Abbott.

The campaign takes the form of a website, The website takes articles from Australia’s major papers and the words of Tony Abbott himself and presents them as evidence for statements against Mr. Abbott.

These statements cover topics including Mr. Abbott being “out of touch with Australian families” and supporting the return of “the worst elements of WorkChoices”.There is also a section which looks at the “divided” Liberal party that Mr. Abbott leads.

Subscribers to the Labor Party mailing list were today sent a email from Labor National Secretary Karl Bitar, who authorised the website. In the email Mr. Bitar described the project as “a website where you can see all the facts about Tony Abbott for yourself.” Bitar also publicised the website in an article on the Australian Labor Blog.

The website has been met with some opposition by Labor supporters, with no positive comments being left on Mr. Bitar’s blog post. One commenter goes as far as to say that Labor has “nothing new to offer because [the party is]starting to attack the opposition” and that the approach is “how the last election was LOST”.

As at time of publication, there has been no formal reply regarding the website on the Liberal Party website.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

News: Turnbull Announces He Will Not Contest Next Election

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Former Liberal Party leader and Howard Government Minister Malcolm Turnbull has today announced that he will not be contesting the seat of Wentworth in this year’s federal election.

OCSN TURNBULL LETTERIn an email to subscribers to his website today Mr. Turnbull thanked his constituents, family, personal staff and supportive party colleagues for their support during his five and a half years in parliament.

The decision was not taken lightly by Mr. Turnbull, who had been considering his future in parliament since he lost the leadership of the Liberal party in a spill to present leader Tony Abbott last year. In the email Turnbull said that after he lost the leadership he had resolved to not cause a by-election by resigning from parliament. Turnbull will continue to represent Wentworth until parliament is dissolved for the next election.

Mr. Turnbull mentioned that a highlight of his two terms in parliament was during his time as Environment and Water Minister in the Howard Government. In this position he brought about the federalisation of the Murray Darling System’s water management. He also expressed his disappointment in the Liberal Party’s opposition to a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme which had been a policy whilst he was Environment minister.

Mr. Turnbull said that he is “looking forward” to “pursuing new opportunities in the private sector” with his wife, Lucy, and wishes Liberal Party leaders Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop “every success in this election year.”

An apology to readers: technical issues delayed the publication of this article by two hours.

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