Originally Posted by PMK is Innocent
Don't bullshit me Howard was a moderate. He was a conservative through and through. There is a difference between liberal and conservative and there isn't a proper or close to a proper Liberal Party in Australia.
Blair and Rudd aren't leftists, they are centrist at best.
Exactly, I couldn't agree more. The Liberal Party are a bunch of right wing conservatives, and their leaders are on the right wing faction also. Now that theres a new race for the Liberal leadership, Turnbull (who's the favourite to take the leadership if you want to put it that way) would not be the best leader, since he's the richest member of parliament currently. I'd be thinking that the Liberals will be wanting to distance themselves from the conservative label now. I seriously hope Abbott doesn't get the leadership, he strikes me as being so sly. Anyway back to my point, as PMK is innocent just stated, there is a difference between 'small l' liberal and conservative. Small 'l' liberals have a social conscience and are more moderate right wingers. Conservatives are the Australian Liberal Party. Thankfully I think that we'll be under a Labor government rule for at least 2 terms.
I also forgot to mention previously, that one more reason people voted for Rudd, was because Howard had stated he was not going to serve the full term, and the leadership would have been handed over to Costello. To me, Costello was nothing more than a power hungry man, and I consider Howard to be perfect compared to Costello. I'm so happy the Liberals lost for that reason too. This election had many facits, not just global warming. Thank god Australia made the right decision.