Brendan Nelson leaves politics

As the recipient of two Federation Fellowships, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for their originator, Brendan Nelson. So, I thought I’d do a quick post marking his departure from political life. It was his misfortune to be thrust into the job of Opposition Leader, thanks to Peter Costello’s refusal and the unwillingness of his colleagues to accept Malcolm Turnbull. This was just too tough a job for Nelson. Maybe if he’d had a few more years as a minister or frontbencher he would have been ready for this challenge, but as it was, he wasn’t ready and it showed. He’s done the right thing by leaving.

109 thoughts on “Brendan Nelson leaves politics

  1. John, I’m at Ipswich campus today. Do all UQ campuses have the same IP address? Can you please take me off auto-mod?

    I think I’ve fixed the problem. Give it a try – JQ

  2. Rationalist, what people do in life is their business and if you are inclined that way I could not care less.

  3. Rationalist, unless you can prove that students are handing in work that is not their own then you may have a legitimate case. I know of one particular medical scientist who asked a friend for help and ended up getting a good mark for doing very little. I better stop before I get into trouble.

  4. Rationalist, I get the impression you dream about lollypops 24/7 and love them. Good luck to you.

  5. Brendan Nelson bowed to the inevitable two weeks ago and surrendered his rock-solid “blue ribbon” seat of Bradfield to an as yet unknown successor. He knew that things were all over for him, that he would never be Prime Minister and that the Party he led for less than a year in Opposition no longer wanted him. The Liberal Party has a simple but ruthless philosophy concerning its leaders – win and you can name your own price, lose and we will drop you as quickly as possible. As a failed Liberal Party leader, Dr Nelson was fully aware of this practice and spared himself further humiliation by going.

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