Today we learn that both flavours of Environment Ministers/spokespeople- light and lighter, also known as Peter Garrett and Malcolm Turnbull talk to Australian media in an impromptu, off-the-record way.
Garrett is on record as having said- albeit in a jocular fashion:
“Once we get in we’ll just change it all.”- Source
Turnbull is alleged to have said, (but is denying the comment) :
“I just want you to know I hate this so-and-so mill, I hate it.”- Source
It is interesting to note the differing ways that the two Environment hopefuls handled this lapse in judgment. One said sorry and the other denied ever having said anything.
However, the bigger issue is the nasty mileage that the coalition has tried to make of Garrett’s ‘gaffe.’
Peter Costello, in particular, seized on the remarks, claiming Labor would abandon its pledge to match Coalition promises.
“These are the words that are going to haunt this campaign from now on. The Kevin Rudd me-too policy is a pretense. They don’t really believe in this tax plan, they don’t really believe in the pension announcement.”- Source
All that said, the most interesting development is how I, and many previous Labor voters, find ourselves smiling as we hope that Garrett’s gaffe is true. Far from the fear which Costello et al. are trying to instill in the voting public, people such as me are pleased. YAY I say- finally a Labor position I can recognise. It is certainly going to make voting Green and preferencing Labor a much more palatable option in this campaign of me-tooism.
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