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Life in opposition

Life in opposition

Faced with the Rudd government's continuing popularity, the Liberal Party failed to maintain its unity throughout 2009. Undermined by fluctuating opinion polls and the 'ute-gate' controversy, Malcolm Turnbull struggled to find traction in the electorate. By year's end the internal debate amongst Coalition members over whether to support the government's Emissions Trading Scheme legislation saw a challenge to Turnbull's leadership. Tony Abbott emerged as the new Leader of the Opposition defeating both Turnbull and Joe Hockey.