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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Nationals may split from Liberals

It wouldn't be surprising if this happened to be honest. On climate change, the Nationals are extremely unlikely to accept Malcolm Turnbull's position on negotiating the ETS. From The Australian:
THE Nationals have discussed quitting the Coalition amid growing frustration with the Liberal Party and the opposition's poor performance in opinion polls.

Senior Liberals have told The Australian they fear that the numbers in the Nationals' partyroom are tight on the issue and that lower house members are set to openly defy the Liberals on policies and political tactics.

Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce, whose Senate team is unafraid to buck the Liberals, last night confirmed a recent Nationals meeting discussed ending the Coalition agreement.

But Senator Joyce played down the possibility of a split, saying some Nationals were "kite-flying" and that no vote had been taken. "I don't think it will happen," he said. "Some of the most peculiar things get floated at party meetings. But it doesn't mean they will happen."

The discord follows months of poor polling results and tension between the Coalition partners on key policy issues, including climate change and carbon emissions trading.

Read it here.

1 Comments:

  • Splitting with the Libs would be the smartest thing the Nats could do. The Libs are hopelessly compromised on the AGW/ETS scam.

    If the Nats could provide an effective alternative they'd attract the tens (perhaps hundreds) of thousands of disaffected Liberal voters who are resolutely opposed to an ETS of any sort, because the reject entirely the AGW rort.

    Go for it Nats, I say.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 22, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

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