Any discussion on climate change that had Malcolm Turnbull and Wilson Tuckey both thinking they got what they wanted, clearly resolved nothing.
Nelson is only focussed on one thing, to survive, and to do that he needs to manage both sides of the debate and prevent either side taking over.
Liberals head to Canberra for the party meetings this week with the salutary lesson from what has just happened in Queensland. The media likes to call it a merger but in fact it was a political collapse.
It seems very careless of Rudd to agree to launch a book that has let out one of Labor’s most closely guarded and politically damaging secrets – that they dread the possibility of Costello as leader of the Liberal party.
Janet Albrechtsen stuck her knife straight into the central weakness of the petrol price concession, that it undermined the moral urgency on which the government’s case rests.
Environmentalists may cry that Rudd is bowing to political expediency by cutting petrol excise to offset any price impact from an ETS, but actually the politics of this decision aren’t that great.
Nine months ago senior Howard Ministers were crawling all over Garret’s ‘gaffe’ that Labor might sign up to emission targets without China or India as a sign of the eco-extremism of Labor’s front bench. Roll forward to July 2008 and it is the leader of the Liberal party who gets into trouble from his own side for suggesting that a carbon-cap ETS should not go ahead without China or India.
Nelson is caught here in the position he has always been in since he assumed the leadership, between the old leadership who lost control of its party and a challenger who was unable to take it.
Turnbull’s appearance on Lateline last night was very significant.
It marks the beginning of something that keeps being talked about as a constant fact of Australian political life, but we haven’t actually seen before, Turnbull’s real political challenge for the Liberal leadership.