On this day 8 years ago Lenore Taylor reported that the Opposition Liberal party was running scared of nixxing Kevin ‘Great Moral Challenge’ Rudd’s proposed legislation for a ‘Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.’ She wrote –
SENIOR Liberals are telling industry their internal polling shows the Coalition losing up to 10 seats in the House of Representatives and four in the Senate in a double dissolution election triggered by their rejecting Kevin Rudd’s emissions trading scheme….
Taylor, L. 2009. Turnbull must bridge Coalition split on ETS. The Australian, 2 May, p. 18.
Nick Minchin apparently never bought into this (according, if I recall rightly, to Paul Kelly’s Triumph and Disaster). Meanwhile, the authority of Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull would be fatally undermined in the Godwin Grech fiasco, and he would be toppled by Tony Abbott on 1st December 2009. So it goes…