News Ltd papers, including 'The Australian' have periodically run articles or editorials suggesting that Prime Minister John Howard could/should retire, and has referred to Peter Costello as 'Liberal leader-in-waiting'. November/December 2006 has been mentioned a likely or possible time for such an announcement.
Voters should ask themselves several questions:
- What's in it for Rupert Murdoch, media baron?
- Why did Ian McLaughlin, former Minister and supporter of John Howard, suddenly decide, after nearly 12 years, that a leadership deal by John Howard should be made public?
- Would Peter Costello be a "better" leader for News Ltd? for Australia?