Friday, 27 November 2009

Media wrap - The pundits agree Malcolm's days are numbered



THE FRONT PAGES

POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Leadership

Turnbull's last stand – Malcolm Turnbull has vowed to go down fighting on climate change after a flood of Liberal frontbenchers - including Nick Minchin and Tony Abbott - quit last night in a bid to pressure the Opposition Leader to reverse his support for Labor's emissions trading scheme – Sydney Morning Herald

Embattled leader makes a desperate last stand - Malcolm Turnbull has dramatically rolled the dice, to keep faith with his commitment to action on climate change and to keep the word of the Liberal Party. His typically Turnbull gesture seems certain to cost him the leadership – Michelle Grattan in the Melbourne Age

Liberals tear down the house, Abbott poised – Malcolm Turnbull today is defiantly clinging to his collapsing leadership as he fought to deliver the emissions trading legislation in the wake of a mass exodus of senior figures from his front bench – Melbourne Age

Malcolm Turnbull defies mutineers – Malcolm Turnbull's leadership was in tatters last night after Tony Abbott led a frontbench exodus over climate change policy, setting up the certainty of a damaging leadership spill. But the Opposition Leader stood firm, declaring he would not allow the Liberal Party to be hijacked by climate change sceptics and insisting his leadership authority was untarnished despite the desertion of five frontbenchers and the two party whips – The Australian

Liberal Party in total meltdown over ETS crisis – Angry resignations from the Shadow Cabinet last night propelled Malcolm Turnbull closer to a leadership showdown which opponents to an ETS could ensure he loses – Sydney Daily Telegraph



Malcolm Turnbull's leadership rocked by frontbench rebellion – Tony Abbott has confirmed he will challenge Malcolm Turnbull for the Liberal Party leadership on Monday after 10 frontbenchers staged a rebellion over climate policy. In a breathtaking act of disloyalty, 10 frontbenchers - including Mr Abbott and the Coalition's leader in the Senate Nick Minchin - have resigned as shadow ministers in a staged rebellion over his support for the Government's emissions trading scheme – Adelaide Advertiser

Economic matters

Victoria's economy off and ready to rumble - Treasury has positively revised all key forecasts from the May budget, prompting the Government to claim Victoria has weathered the economic storm better than almost any other state or country – Melbourne Age

Industrial relations

Two-horse race for ACTU leadership – The contest for the ACTU presidency has intensified, with nurses union chief Ged Kearney yesterday declaring her candidacy and a number of left-wing union leaders publicly backing her potential chief rival, Cath Bowtell – The Australian

Political life

John Della Bosca all loved up in Parliament House – John Della Bosca read a public love letter to his wife Belinda Neal in Parliament last night, claiming he never intended to leave her despite his affair. He revealed the couple had renewed their marriage and he thanked his wife for her "compassion and forgiveness," describing himself as a lucky man – Sydney Morning Herald

Knight time cricket has CLP calling for cover – A Territory politician was caught playing "office cricket" during parliamentary sittings. The CLP's Jodeen Carney complained that Local Government Minister Rob Knight was seen "cheering and carrying on like a clown" – Northern Territory News

Elections

Dominant Victorian Labor Party in the box seat to win the 2010 election, after a decade in power – the Melbourne Herald Sun analyses the form with a year to go to polling day.

SA Liberal Party unveils its plan for Adelaide railyards – Huge parcels of land in the north of the city and at Keswick will be sold by the Liberals to finance a plan to build a new sporting stadium on the proposed new hospital site in the city's west – Adelaide Advertiser

Opinions

Abbott steps out of the shadows – Peter Hartcher in the Sydney Morning Herald  describes Tony Abbott's intention as being to destroy the emissions scheme, humiliate Turnbull and ride the rebel movement as his vehicle to the Liberal leadership. But Abbott lacks a forum to challenge Turnbull today; most Liberal MPs left Canberra last night to return to their homes for the weekend – Sydney Morning Herald

Ascetic warrior ready for battle - Tony Abbott, long known as the Mad Monk, transmogrified into a vision of the Grim Reaper as he swung through Malcolm Turnbull's office yesterday afternoon – Tony Wright in the Melbourne Age

Love and other Liberal catastrophes – Annabel Crabb takes the Mickey out of Tony Abbott

Turnbull does not bow before the executioners' blade – Katharine Murphy in the Melbourne Age on how when the Opposition Leader fronted the media at 7pm last night after a day eclipsing all the previous insanity of this week in Canberra, Turnbull chose fight over flight.

Malcolm Turnbull felled by grassroots revolt – Malcolm Turnbull's leadership has been destroyed in a spectacular and unprecedented fashion. For the first time, a grassroots revolt by local Liberal branches and members has brought down the leader of the parliamentary Liberal Party – The Australian

Rudd facing naked truth – Andrew Bolt casts Kevin Rudd in the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale – Melbourne Herald Sun

Rebellion may ruin the Liberals – writes Andrew Kenny in the Adelaide Advertiser

BUSINESS

St Vincents board loses $24m on junk bonds – The board of one of Sydney's biggest hospitals is under fire after losing more than $24 million on the sharemarket using money taken from trust funds containing public donations and federal government research grants – Sydney Morning Herald

ENVIRONMENT

Cross-party ETS alliance pushes for vote today – Confusions reigned last night over the timing of a final Senate vote on the emissions trading scheme. Government sources said they expected a third reading vote today under a pact with the Opposition to pass the bills this week. But sources close to Opposition Senate Leader Nick Minchin insisted those were not the terms of the deal, which was only to conclude the committee stage of debate by 3.45pm today – Melbourne Age

China, US put climate targets on tableChina  announced its first targets for limiting carbon emissions last night, joining the US in revealing the stance it will take at next month's high-stakes climate summit in CopenhagenThe Australian

MEDIA

Stephens honoured - The recently retired Herald journalist Tony Stephens was awarded the most outstanding contribution to journalism for his 50 years in the industry. The Walkley trustees said Stephens was recognised for his skill, dedication and mentoring others – Sydney Morning Herald


Channel Nine Adelaide newsreader Kelly Nestor dumped – Channel Nine and newsreader Kelly Nestor have parted ways - just a day after the station announced it had axed the local edition of A Current Affair – Adelaide Advertiser

Aagaard stifles public – NT taxpayers spent $600,000 installing digital video cameras in parliament house to watch politicians - but they are no longer allowed to watch older footage – Northern Territory News



LIFE

And death

State buys into funeral services – The State Government has quietly entered the funeral business, giving Crown land cemeteries permission to set up funeral homes that will compete with private operators – Sydney Morning Herald

Hostage

Dick Smith ends nightmare for photojournalist Nigel Brennan – Millionaire  Dick Smith stepped in to help the family of kidnapped photojournalist Nigel Brennan after a year of frustration dealing with the Federal Government over the rescue – Brisbane Courier Mail

Gay rights

Fielding likens same-sex marriage to incest – Family First senator Steve Fielding has compared same-sex marriages to incest, as a Senate inquiry yesterday recommended against allowing gay marriage in AustraliaSydney Morning Herald

Child abuse

State failing abused children – Children in state care have died, been seriously injured and been permitted to have contact with sex offenders, the Ombudsman has revealed in a scathing report that finds the Victorian Government is failing to protect children – Melbourne Age


Consumer affairs

Paying dearly for where you buy your groceries – Fresh food prices within the Woolworths and Coles chains have been revealed as varying significantly across the state. Consumer group Choice found supermarket shoppers in Dubbo are charged more than double the price for tomatoes and bananas than elsewhere in NSW – Sydney Daily Telegraph

The drink


Police shut pubs ahead of bikie protest – Police have shut down three small-town pubs and suspended their liquor licences ahead of a bikie protest run that promised to be the pubs' busiest day of the year – Adelaide Advertiser

The fags

Pollies send out confusing smoke signals – A Territory sports club has banned its players and supporters from smoking in public - but the Government can't convince its own politicians to do the same – Northern Territory News


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