They say a week can be a long time in politics, and this past week has certainly showed that pretty well. But there’s more to life than the Liberal leadership, so here’s a roundup of items you might have missed:
- Honduras finally had their elections – with a big voter turnout. Conservative Porfirio Lobo is the new president.
- Over in the US, Republican Huckabee has found himself in an awkward position. It seems as Governor, he granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons some nine years ago, who most recently just shot and killed four coppers. This will no doubt damage his future bid for the presidency.
- Will the Reserve Bank increase interest rates today? If so, by how much? Place your bets! [Update: Yes they did, to 3.75%]
- In other news, Bernie Fraser says that Australia must adopt a fairer, more progressive tax system.
- The UN is digging in over the Climategate whistleblower scandal, declaring, “The processes in the IPCC are so robust, so inclusive, that even if an author or two has a particular bias it is completely unlikely that bias will find its way into the IPCC report”
- And speaking of climate… that brings us back to the Liberals. The Punch has a live blog of the unfolding saga. Turnbull is still insisting he’ll win.
UPDATE: Abbott wins by 1 vote
So much for Hockey having the numbers – he was out in first round. First round was:
Hockey – 23
Turnbull – 26
Abbott – 35
Second round was Abbott 42, Turnbull 41
The partyroom vote to oppose the ETS in the senate was much clearer with a clear majority opposed: 54-29