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Howard and Costello showdown
By LINCOLN WRIGHT
01may05


Battle for the Lodge: Peter Costello and John Howard.

PETER Costello was "amazed" by provocative comments John Howard made about staying on as Prime Minister, a source close to the federal Treasurer said last night.

And Costello insiders said the frustrated Treasurer might fight for the top job.

It also emerged last night Mr Howard and Mr Costello were likely to meet soon to try to avoid damaging friction.

The Treasurer, who had hoped to be Prime Minister by now, believed next week's Budget might be his last before a smooth transition to The Lodge.

Sources close to Mr Costello said the Treasurer viewed the Prime Minister's remarks as breaching an agreement on leadership transition set in place after October's Coalition election victory.

That agreement reportedly would see Mr Howard quit some time next year, after a decade in the top job, leaving the way open for Mr Costello.

But Mr Howard appeared to taunt his deputy with comments in the Greek capital of Athens on Friday before returning home from China, Japan and Gallipoli.

Mr Howard said that while Mr Costello was preparing his 10th Budget, he was doing his 16th -- if you included a stint as Malcolm Fraser's treasurer.

"I enjoy the job immensely -- I still have lots of energy for it. I still have plenty of ideas and there are a lot of things I want to do."

Mr Howard also said he had beaten Opposition Leader Kim Beazley at the polls -- in 1998 and 2001 -- and could do it again.

Mr Costello was told by Mr Howard of the remarks in a phone call on Friday night. Sources claimed Mr Howard had said his remarks had been misinterpreted.

Insiders said Mr Costello had been shocked and annoyed.

Commenting on speculation that he might transfer to Foreign Affairs, Mr Costello reportedly quipped: "I do want to swap portfolios, but not with the Minister for Foreign Affairs."

Yesterday, Mr Howard said: "The position in relation to my leadership has not changed from what I said at the last election.

"The interpretation (in Athens) is that I've adopted a new position. I haven't . . . I will stay as leader as long as my party wishes me to."

One source said if Mr Howard felt he needed to send Mr Costello a message he would hardly have done it so publicly.
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I am a supporter of the Liberal party under John Howard but would be firmer in that support under Costello. Howard's own agenda seems to be diverging more and more from that of the party itself. If the Labor party was being led by someone with even an ounce of competence, I'd be giving them a real look. But that hasn't been the case for some years now.
Costello seems to crave the job and I believe he'd live up to that drive in practice.
 

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I just think Costello would be better simply because he's a bit wetter than dry crusty old conservative Howard.

Excluding the churchiness, Costello's far more appealing (than Howard) as he'd be willing to explore more in the social policy area.
 

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And look at Downer's screwed, and red face, probably annoyed too but trying to hide it with some screwed up Laughing face.
 

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I'm not much in to politics myself but John Howard won the last election so some cheek people have pushing him to retire. And on a side note most of the people who want peter costello to become prime minister are from melbourne and bias.
 

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.Samantha. said:
I'm not much in to politics myself but John Howard won the last election so some cheek people have pushing him to retire. And on a side note most of the people who want peter costello to become prime minister are from melbourne and bias.
I thought you erm... didnt know much about politics?
 

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tayser said:
I just think Costello would be better simply because he's a bit wetter than dry crusty old conservative Howard.

Excluding the churchiness, Costello's far more appealing (than Howard) as he'd be willing to explore more in the social policy area.
Indeedly Doodly. I used to be a very active member of the Liberal party, but have grown up and realised the errors of my belief in Howard. Social policy is the area of concern for the Liberals and if they are going to be in power in Australia, then I would certainly prefer to have Costello in charge. It may even make me switch back to voting Liberal again...

Howard, who I respect for his ability to get what he wants, needs to give others (and in turn Australia) a chance.
 

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I find Peter Costello scary! :runaway:
I hate both of them. All i can think about is the3 year old girl in a detention center who was born there and now has mental health problems.

Would not even let here out to daycare, and che is an australian citizen.

Peter costello could be the most dangerous political personality of our time, we could see some US Action going on. Wako thinks he was sent by god, to be priminister
 

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I hate both of them. All i can think about is the3 year old girl in a detention center who was born there and now has mental health problems.

Would not even let here out to daycare, and che is an australian citizen.

Peter costello could be the most dangerous political personality of our time, we could see some US Action going on. Wako thinks he was sent by god, to be priminister
LOL! It was pretty obvious that you didn't like them with that slogan underneath your nickname!
 
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