Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Clerical rule in Australia
The new leader of the Liberal party is Tony Abbott; his deputy is Julie Bishop. One of them should hire Margaret Pope as a speechwriter.
What this means for us is that the Liberal caucus also declared that they would vote down Kevin Rudd’s ETS in the Senate. This could lead to a double dissolution and a general election next year. Joe Hockey was eliminated in the first round; the final vote was 42 for Abbott and 41 for Malcolm Turnbull.
There was minute-by-minute coverage at The Punch – it won’t stay on the front page but you will be able to find it on the site somewhere.
UPDATE: the story isn’t on Stuff or the Herald website yet. Perhaps all the reporters are at lunch.
UPDATE 2: Stuff had the story online at 12.25; the Herald didn’t get back from lunch until 12.57.
UPDATE 3: David Farrar at Kiwiblog had it online nine minutes after me at 12.25, the same as Stuff. That’s OK – he’s busy and has a proper job and everything. And he can still scoop the Herald newsroom by 32 minutes.