After congratulating Mr Turnbull, Mr Costello said he is happy to be of any assistance. Said the former Treasurer:
It's a great accolade for Malcolm Turnbull to be elected leader of the Liberal Party today and [he] now has a wonderful opportunity to lead the Party and win Government.
What happened today represents the genuine transition after the 2007 Liberal Coalition defeat. Nelson although admirable in many respects, did not connect in the same vein that the hard working Simon Crean did not make the grade. Malcolm Turnbull represents the real transition and, ALTHOUGH HE IS NO BONAFIDE CONSERVATIVE, the Turnbull resume is impeccable, and demonstrates many a personal quality. Let the individual within rise.
Politics is altogether a different animal to that of the corporate world. Can he relate to, and empathize with the electorate? At least today, he passed with excellence; the early indicators are therefore good.
Many have questioned his interpersonal skills especially in terms of temperament; here I wonder what all the fuss is about. Would he have got as far as he has without some measure of social dexterity?
Bring on the contest! Rudd Vs Turnbull, both are good at what they do but the former has some answering to do as regards the economy, and if anyone other than Costello can make him accountable its Malcolm Turnbull. I say again, let the individual within rise….
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