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LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: In the federal arena that other leadership stoush is still an open wound,
with recriminations and personal attacks flying within the Liberal Party.

The ABC has obtained emails between Malcolm Turnbull and the Deputy Opposition Leader in which Mr
Turnbull accuses Julie Bishop of betraying him in the leadership ballot earlier this week.

Both have today publicly hosed down the rumours of acrimony, as the Prime Minister fired his first
salvo at the new Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott.

Emma Griffiths reports from Canberra.

EMMA GRIFFITHS, REPORTER: From a cosy chat with Labor disciple Bob Ellis.


EMMA GRIFFITHS: To taking counsel from a holy man.

TONY ABBOTT: I've had three days as an Opposition Leader.

DALAI LAMA: So you have to gain experience.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: And meeting Jewish community leaders. The new Opposition Leader is getting around.

So are leaked emails between his predecessor and his deputy. The correspondence was obtained by the
ABC and reveals a bitter failing out between Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop in the hours after
he was dumped from the leadership.

In them Mr Turnbull accuses her of hypocrisy, saying he's unable to reconcile her public
declarations of loyalty to Tony Abbott, with "what you were saying to us last night in our
apartment ... your scathing attacks on him and his character".

JULIE BISHOP, DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER: We did laugh about Tony in his budgie smugglers but I'm
afraid that was a topic of conversation among all my colleagues that day.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: But the row centres on Ms Bishop's vote in the leadership spill. She insists she
backed Malcolm Turnbull but his doubt about her loyalty forced her to retrieve the ballot papers to
prove it.

JULIE BISHOP: The allegations and the false accusations were so intense that I felt that I had to
prove to everybody - not just to Malcolm - that I was loyal to the leader throughout the ballot

EMMA GRIFFITHS: She's outlived two Opposition leaders, and one Liberal MP has told ABC online that
she's now known as "the cockroach".

JULIE BISHOP: Well, I think a better analogy would be that a cockroach lurks in dark corners, hides
behind anonymous comments to the media and then doesn't have the courage to stand up and challenge
me in the party room.

MALCOLM TURNBULL, FORMER OPPOSITION LEADER: That's a ridiculous thing to say. I mean, it's an
appalling thing to say.

REPORTER: Do you think she's a cockroach?

TONY ABBOTT: Look, I think Julie has been a terrifically loyal deputy first to Brendan Nelson, then
to Malcolm Turnbull, and I know she'll be just as loyal to me.


EMMA GRIFFITHS: But it seems Tony Abbott will have to watch the newest member of his backbench,
who's still publicly disagreeing with him about the need for an emissions trading scheme.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: As a humble backbencher, from my position of obscurity on the backbench, I have
to say I believe we must take effective action on climate change.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: And in another dig at his new leader, Malcolm Turnbull says there's no way to take
that effective action without paying for it.

The Prime Minister agrees.

KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER: For the Liberals now to say that there is a magic pudding solution on
climate change - that somehow if you through a bit of fairy dust at it and say that, "bang," it all
happens without any adjustment challenges - I don't think that's being fair dinkum.

TONY ABBOTT: We all accept the need to protect and preserve the environment. We only have one
planet, but that doesn't mean whacking a great, big new tax on everyone.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: The new battlelines are drawn.