Nat leader will stay for poll, says Joyce

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 4 : 17-Feb-20

National Party leader Michael McCormack has downplayed suggestions that he will step aside before the next federal election. McCormack says he has the full support of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and will lead the Nationals into the election. Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce also says McCormack will still be leader at the election, adding that he accepts the partyroom’s decision to reject his recent bid for a spill.

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Bandt abused PM with deaths claim

Original article by Rosie Lewis
The Australian – Page: 4 : 5-Feb-20

Adam Bandt has stepped up his attack on the federal government’s environmental credentials after being elected unopposed as the new leader of the Greens. He has claimed that the Coalition’s climate change policy will result in many more deaths than the recent bushfires, as it will result in a 3-degree temperature increase. Bandt also contends that the business models of fossil fuel producers are unsustainable, and he has called for domestic coal-fired power generation and coal exports to be phased out by 2030. Larissa Waters and Nick McKim are the new joint deputy leaders of the Greens.

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Joyce circles after minister quits

Original article by Greg Brown, Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 3-Feb-20

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has resigned from the portfolio and as deputy leader of the National Party, after an investigation by top bureaucrat Phil ­Gaetjens found that she had breached the ministerial code of conduct. Gaetjens concluded that sports grants had not been improperly allocated during McKenzie’s previous role as sports minister; however, he found that McKenzie’s failure to declare her membership of a gun club that received a grant constituted a breach of the ministerial code. Some Nationals MPs are believed to have approached Barnaby Joyce about challenging Nationals leader Michael McCormack at a partyroom meeting on 4 February, when they will elect a new deputy.

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Gaines proves her mettle

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 18 : 21-Nov-19

Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines is ranked second in Fortune magazine’s 2019 list of the world’s most successful business leaders. Gaines is the first woman to make the annual list. Fortune notes that the pure-play iron ore miner delivered 263 per cent profit growth and revenue growth of 45 per cent in 2018-19, with both metrics rising to record levels in Gaines’ first full financial year at the helm. Meanwhile, Fortescue has achieved a total return of 90 per cent since Gaines was appointed in February 2018, increasing its market value to around $US20bn ($29.4bn).

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Quiet Australians shifted votes because of Shorten, not Morrison

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 3-Sep-19

Research undertaken by the Australian National University shows that 28.5 per cent of electors switched their voting intentions during the federal election campaign. The analysis of voters’ behaviour also shows that 39.6 per cent of electors who had intended to vote for Labor when the election was called in April subsequently voted for the Coalition on 18 May. Likewise, 37.2 per cent of electors who had expressed their intention to vote for the Coalition ended up giving Labor their vote. The research has concluded that the unpopularity of former Labor leader Bill Shorten was a key factor in the election outcome, rather than Labor’s policies or the personal appeal of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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Ambition fulfilled for Boris Johnson. But what next for Britain?

Original article by Heather Stewart, Jessica Elgot
The Guardian – Page: Online : 24-Jul-19

Britain’s incoming prime minister Boris Johnson says he is committed to the Brexit deadline of 31 October. Johnson will succeed Theresa May after defeating Jeremy Hunt in the Conservative Party’s leadership ballot. Johnson gained 92,153 votes, well clear of Hunt with 46,656 votes. Some MPs have indicated that Johnson has said that he will not call an election before the Brexit deadline, although it is believed that he has not ruled out dissolving parliament before the next general election in 2022.

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Anthony Albanese to be Labor leader, as Chalmers quits race

Original article by Samantha Maiden
The New Daily – Page: Online : 24-May-19

Labor’s finance spokesman Jim Chalmers has withdrawn from the party’s leadership ballot, paving the way for Anthony Albanese to succeed Bill Shorten unopposed. Chalmers has cited factors such as his young family as reasons for his decision not to seek the leadership, although he is seen as a frontrunner to become deputy leader. Clare O’Neil and Richard Marles are also believed to considering a tilt at the deputy leadership.

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It’s Albo v ScoMo as Bowen exits race

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 23-May-19

Jim Chalmers has emerged as Anthony Albanese’s most likely rival for the Labor leadership, after shadow treasurer Chris Bowen announced that he will not be a contender. Bowen believes that he would have won the caucus ballot, but concedes that he lacked sufficient support to gain the rank-and-file vote. There is now strong support for Albanese within Bowen’s NSW Right faction, while most of the Left faction also supports Albanese. Chalmers is expected to decide whether to make a tilt for the leadership on 23 May.

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Bruised Bowen wades into ALP battle

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 22-May-19

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen intends to contest the federal Labor leadership, even though many members of his NSW Right faction intend to support Left faction contender Anthony Albanese. Some members of the Right faction argue that Bowen should not contest the leadership as he is too closely linked to the party’s tax policies that were rejected by voters, including its proposal to scrap franking credit refunds. Bowen concedes that this policy was controversial, but he says other factors also cost Labor the election.

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Search for rival to take on Albanese

Original article by Ben Packham, Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 21-May-19

There is growing support within Labor – including members of the party’s Right faction – for the Left’s Anthony Albanese to succeed Bill Shorten as Opposition leader. However, some members of the party’s Right believe that the faction should field its own candidate. There is speculation that Shorten himself will support a candidate from the Right, after deputy leader Tanya Plibersek chose not to contest the leadership for family reasons. Chris Bowen and Jim Chalmers are seen as the most likely Right faction contenders to challenge for the leadership.

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