- The by-elections are done, and in Bradfield, Lucy Gabb of the Liberal Democrats has so far received 516 votes, or 0.8% of the total. I think this is an excellent result for a campaign by an unknown party with no budget putting up a candidate a few weeks before the election. We beat One Nation, which is nice, and got double Andrew Hestelow’s vote. Going by the comments about Hestelow left on my blog, this is a good thing.
- Turnbull tells it like it is, taking a swipe at Abbott’s “low cost” solution to climate change, and indirectly at Rudd as well (with his desire to mitigate the costs of climate change mitigation and therefore minimise the political cost to himself and the Labor Party). Well done, Malcolm. However, by previously arguing for amendments that increased the giveaways in an effort to reduce the cost of mitigation to polluters, Turnbull is guilty of the same thing. Looks like that blast backfired.
- I meant to draw attention to this column by Cassandra Wilkinson, but then forgot. Forgive me, I’m getting old. Anyway, I highly recommend it as an excellent piece of writing that is solidly libertarian without once resorting to boilerplate.