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Malcolm Turbull - a leader in waiting ? [Aug. 24th, 2008|04:17 pm]
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Turnbull attack 'hollow" Rudd (The Age)

August 24, 2008 - 2:46PM

Opposition treasury spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has addressed the party faithful on leadership - not his own ambitions, but the "emptiness" of Kevin Rudd's performance at the helm. Mr Turnbull was speaking at the Victorian Liberal party's state council, which wrapped up in Geelong.

He said Prime Minister Rudd's leadership was characterised as being full of "emptiness" a "yawning gap" and "hollowness".

Since Mr Rudd took office, "Kevin 07", as he was nicknamed during the election campaign, has changed, he said.

"In Kevin '08 the empathy of '07 is replaced by the impotence of '08", Mr Turnbull told an appreciative audience of about 250 party members plus state and federal MP's.

He said Labor's love affair was over with voters who now realised it had broken promises.


"The only leadership issue I'm interested in talking about is the lack of leadership from Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan, they are the ones who have talked our economy down and talked up inflation"

Kevin Rudd should blast China on internet censorship - Turnbull (News com)

August 01, 2008 07:24am

THE Australian government must send a strong message to China that internet censorship is unacceptable, says opposition treasury spokesman Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull has called on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to criticise the Chinese government for censoring internet access for foreign media covering the Beijing Games.

The call comes in the wake of revelations the Chinese government was not delivering on promises to grant the media complete freedom during the Olympics.

"They will be subject to continuing very heavy criticism and they should be subject to very heavy criticism in both English and Mandarin from our prime minister," Mr Turnbull said.

"The thing he has got to be doing is getting his message across (that) we, as Australians, believe in freedom of expression. That's what was promised by China for the games, that's what they should deliver."

Journalists in the Beijing media centre discovered access to sites deemed unsuitable by Chinese authorities has been barred.


It was noted on the TV this morning that Kevin Rudd is due to make a rare trip to Australia - possibly to face a potentially hostile Senate next week. It seems clear to me that Dr. Brendan Nelson faces an eventual leadership challenge - either from Malcolm Turnbull or Peter Costello