By Daniel Lavelle
UPDATED 2 December 2009 – Tony Abbott’s press conference sees him firing on all cylinders vs ETS, rates, nukes
1:11 David_Speers Abbott only backs 5% target, considers nukes and no price on carbon. He’s just shifted the Coalition’s position a LOT further.
1:00 mfarnsworth What a difference a Liberal day makes: Senate rejects ETS; moderates cowed; nuclear power and uranium sales to India back on agenda…
12:55 BernardKeane Crikey deadline interfered with the Abbott presser. He has made a near-impossible task actually impossible for himself – see today’s email
12:47 KarenMMiddleton Tony says ‘we wont have an ETS going to the next election, nor any new tax.’ Remember that, folks.
12:45 mfarnsworth Abbott asked his position on resigned frontbenchers – says he asked all of the to resume their positions yesterday.
12:41 KarenMMiddleton Tony will not be buying new togs. His advice to the Speedo critics: if you dont like it, look away
12:40 mfarnsworth Abbott: Reshuffle will minimise disruption and reflect the “broad church” of the coalition.
12:38 KarenMMiddleton Tony says banks raising rates is the Govt’s fault. Off we go!
Late Tweets – Fielding makes a move
5:12 latikambourke Okay, so Abbott, Hunt, Pyne, Bishop and Loughnanne all just vacated Joe Hockey’s office. Dutton and Minchin still in, possible w. Fielding.
4:44 sandraom Loughnane meets with hockey, hunt, Pyne, robb, bishop, Minchin, Abbott and dutton in joes office. Malcolm nowhere 2 b seen. Divvying spoils?
4:31 mishaschubert Grahame Morris says the Libs will have a new leader and it will be Joe. Says Malcolm has been throwing around napalm and agent orange.
4:28 BernardKeane Presumably Turnbull’s strategy is to intimidate Hockey into not entering so he has a fighting chance against Abbott. Perhaps it’s working.
3:40 KarenMMiddleton The story so far: Malcolm says Joe says he won’t move a spill. If someone else (Tony) moves it, it seems Joe will run. He wont say. Hmm.
2:25 pm update: Movement at the station in the last two hours starting with a meeting between Abbott and Bishop, Abetz, Minchin, Robb with Hockey before Hockey with Malcolm Turnbull. The meeting between Turnbull and Hockey in particular ending on a very sour note – the Opposition leader has since left the building, driven by his wife, Lucy, stating that his position had not changed.
2:23 KarenMMiddleton Turnbull: ‘No change to what I said yday & if you want to know what Mr Hockey’s doing, you should speak to Mr Hockey.’ (& leave us alone)
2:21 KarenMMiddleton Malcolm has manouevred thru the cameras wearing a smile as he left the building but it disappeared once he was in the car. Lucy drove.
2:01 KarenMMiddleton Meanwhile in the Senate, Penny Wong has her ‘I’m trying hard not to go ballistic’ voice on. Debate goes on and on and on and..
1:59 David_Speers Source: Hockey-Turnbull meeting “did not end well”. No surprise there!
1:54 SSpencer_10 Grahame Morris says he has NOT been to see Turnbull. Lucy, however, is definitely in there.
1:23 KarenMMiddleton Cranky Sgt’s office staff sweeping journos, cameras away. Pack disperses, waits in loos, crtyards, lifts then creeps back. No MT or JH yet
1:08 KarenMMiddleton Cameras trained on all 3 doors of Turnbull’s office from available vantage points. Tense..
12:51 jamesmassola Brian Loughnane federal director of liberal party just walked put of turnbulls office
12:36 KarenMMiddleton Hordes gathering in hall, media, MPs, Sgt At Arms officials with ‘move-on’ in their eyes..
12:24 abcnews Joe Hockey in Malcolm Turnbull’s office now
12:17 mishaschubert Hockey has gone to meet Turnbull in his office. The long march.
11:57 samanthamaiden hockey just left his office with minchin and abetz
collated by Daniel Lavelle:
1.50 pm 27 November 2009 – from the social media and regular newsfeeds:
@latikambourke Greg Combet: “agreements are agreements,” calling on Joe Hockey to honour Malcolm Turnbull’s promise to vote on the ETS today.
@latikambourke on @Radio2UE Libs privately fear for Malcolm Turnbull’s mental state, following his pressers this week and refusal to face reality and quit.
@David_Speers: Turnbull won’t go. His supporters want Hockey. Hockey won’t challenge. But Hockey will run if vacancy. hmmm
@meadea: Clarification: ABC1 has dropped Stateline for a special on fed politics and Collectors for an Australian Story on Nigel Brennan.
@latikambourke: Turnbull supporters M.I.A today – George Brandis, Christopher Pyne, Scott Morrison….#spill
@mishaschubert Connie Fierravanti-Wells has quit as parl sec. Must have had her presel threatened – she spoke for the ETS deal in Tues partyroom #spill
Analysis from Chris Uhlmann “At the heart of Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22 is a brilliant paradox: if you plead insanity to avoid suicidal bombing missions then you must be sane and can’t be excused… There is an Australian inversion of Catch-22: if you want to lead the Liberal Party now you must be insane and shouldn’t be allowed to.”
Takeaway from The Australian:
“Mr Hockey has warned he does not want Malcolm Turnbull to resign, offering to unite the party if as expected the Liberal leader falls on his sword before Monday’s leadership spill.
“Senior Liberal frontbencher Tony Abbott appears to be offering a olive branch to Joe Hockey’s leadership tilt this morning amid reports he could be installed as opposition treasury spokesman.”
UPDATE 4.30 pm 27 November 2009 – More tweets
While speculation swirled about the potential challengers to Malcolm Turnbull, the Senate became bogged down as a large crew of anti-ETS coalition senators saw to it that Labor’s 3:45 deadline for the bill’s passage came and went.
Here’s how the press gallery and their political junkie friends saw it from 2-4 pm
latikambourke Liberal partyroom meeting called for 9am Monday. #spill
sandraom Abbott tells AAP if Joe doesn’t put hand up he’s ” there with bells on”.
crankynick RT @tobiasziegler: Fielding hopes to delay this legislation until The Rapture. #senate
jamesmassola Minchin and abetz have not signed the spill motion document sent to chief whip somlyay
latikambourke Cory Bernardi calls Penny Wong a ‘High Priestess.’ Penny not amused.
latikambourke Penny twirls one thumb around the other.
tonyowright Fielding is dreadfully upset ‘cos Libs didn’t follow him, but now are, apparently. He’s confused and angry. Crikey.
GrogsGamut Fielding absolutely ripping into the Libs for double crossing the ALP
jamesmassola Barnaby – “I’ve been listening to Senator Fielding for 5 minutes and i can’t work out if he supports the amendment or not”
sunlightandsnow Joyce is interrupting Fielding. It’s the idiots interrupting the delayed #senate #spill
latikambourke Lib senators heading back into the chamber in case of a guillotine attempt on debate to try and force a vote on ETS.
mishaschubert Statement from Abbott, Smith, Fifield, Mason, Bernardi, Mirabella, Johnson, Cormann, Bushby, Adams calling a spill 9am Mon #spill
penbo Bizarrely enough I just bumped into Malcolm Turnbull at a Sydney restaurant. He says he will survive. Short post here https://bit.ly/5cec4K
tonyowright Penny’s just moved 36 amendments – domestic offset, agriculture etc.
mishaschubert Chris EVans slams Libs for refusing to back guillotine
SenatorLudlam #senate filling with senators and press gallery turns up. here goes..
Emma_Rodgers YOu did a deal with us! You made an agreement! Evans yells at Oppn. #senate
jamesmassola 15 Libs… Minchin has walked in. Albanese said last night vote was due at 3.45
crankynick Evans appears to be about to pull the bill #Senate #spill
murpharoo Evans: Senator Minchin, your plan was always to delay until you could get the leader you wanted installed.
jamesmassola I count 3 turnbull supporters and 18 skeptics
latikambourke Senator’s missing as the final ETS vote looms – Michael Ronaldson, George Brandis, Simon Birmingham, Marise Payne..
1petermartin The blade is raised. But not dropped! Senator Evans says the Senate will be back on Monday.
SenatorLudlam What a surreal waste of time
atikambourke Labor Senator Glen Sterle says the Opposition has a phd in filibustering. #spill