Turnbull too good for the Libs, and better than KRudd
Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-10-12
Turnbull and Hewson are the last two Liberal Party leaders that lefty me has had any respect for.
Consider… as a Howard minister he was pushing the Libs in the right direction on climate issues. His proposed emissions trading legislation was probably better (other than the start date, and he’d have probably pushed for an earlier one then) than the current KRudd/Wrong proposals.
Turnbull’s push for climate responsibility is pretty much the same before the election and after he became Liberal leader. KRudd’s rhetoric before the election, and his actions since his victory, are significantly different. Who is the more consistent?
Given the attitude of the electorate to climate change (it was a large contributor to KRudd’s victory), the criticism of KRudd’s policies as too little for the climate with too much for polluters, why would the Liberal machine shoot itself in the foot for the next election?
And why doesn’t KRudd call an election on climate issues? Even without pushing climate change as a major issue, with promises to get tough, current two-party preferred polling suggests a 20 seat gain in the lower house. Painting the Liberals as holding the environment and thus medium/long term economic interests to ransom would likely grab another 10 or so seats – if anyone still believes the sincerity of his rhetoric.
Could it be that the Big Carbon lobby wants any delays it can, and is pouring money into party coffers or individual pockets? Hence the Liberal party fighting Turnbull AND electoral sentiment, and hence the reluctance of KRudd to give up the excuse of Liberals blocking even his inadequate legislation.
Is Turnbull more concerned about climate change, and more honorable (willing to lose the party leadership) than KRudd? I suspect that might be the case.
Perhaps Turnbull should defect, relaunching the Democrats (he’d still be a party leader, chortle), joining the Greens, or moving to the cross benches as an independent?
By the way, Foyle’s cartoon at New Matilda, representing the Libs as lemmings for fighting Turnbull on climate issues, is spot on I reckon.