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Tributes flow for departing Costello


PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull have paid tribute to former federal treasurer Peter Costello, who today announced his decision to retire from politics. Read more here

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  1. don davey

    June 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I personally mourn Costello’s leaving having been a an active and personal supporter for many years, there ‘s an old saying “Nice guy’s finish last” a truer word never spoken, however there is a bright light, as it has been said that “Mal Brough” may well be his replacement and if so ! there could not be a more deserving candidate in my opinion.

  2. Leonard Colquhoun

    June 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Regarding the Costello announcement that he will not contest the next federal election (Mon 15 Jun 09), it looks as if that widely-repeated saying about the qualities which lead to success in politics should disqualify people from running the nation or the state might be true: perhaps it was a lack of ruthlessness which deterred him from undermining his colleague Howard. Some commentators are claiming that he was a potentially effective PM we will never now have.

    Or, maybe he just could not get the numbers, and did not want to do a Gorton. And wasn’t there a post-WW II State Premier somewhere who put his tenure as Party Leader to the vote, and lost? (Without meaning to, of course!)

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