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Australian opposition leader announces to stay on in politics

16:37, May 01, 2010      

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Australian former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday announced that he intended to stay on in federal politics, despite his recent decision to quit.

In the statement, Turnbull said he had reconsidered his decision to leave politics, announced last month, because of a groundswell of support.

"Since then I have been overwhelmed by the many local residents and members of the Liberal Party who have urged me personally and via hundreds of emails and letters to reconsider my decision and run again," Turnbull said.

"I have carefully reconsidered my decision, as my Party and many of my constituents have asked me to do."

Turnbull has lashed out at Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for ditching his promise to start emissions trading next year, to tackle climate change.

"The Prime Minister's abandonment of the central element in his climate change policy, measures which he said were necessary to combat the greatest moral challenge of our times, constitutes an extraordinary act of political cowardice," Turnbull said.

The shelving of Labor's plans for an Emission Trading Scheme ( ETS) has removed a source of friction between Turnbull and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, who opposed emissions trading.

Source: Xinhua
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