Comments on Dennis Shanahan “Coalition deals itself mortal wound”, 23/06/2009, http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25674946-17301,00.html
Malcolm Turnbull has acted too hastily and too early. There is no question of that.
But no matter what is going to happen to the opposition and Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Swan should and must go. He has to go, given the indisputable and damning evidence against him for misleading the parliament.
If Rudd is to uphold his ministerial code of conduct, he should ask Mr Swan to resign, or sack him if he doesn't do so. Otherwise, his code of conduct would be shown having no value and reputation, the few better traits left as Prime Minister, would be seriously damaged.
Swan should also realise this and should act in Rudd's interest, in Labour's interest, and in the government's interest. He has been seriously and fatally wounded. He will be a lame duck politician and Treasurer, in addition to his incompetent economic and budget management skills.
Swan should, must and has to go. Turnbull’s problems are no excuse for Swan to hang on as Treasurer.