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ELEANOR HALL: Lets go now to Canberra where the Federal Government is making it clear it's going
after the new leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull.

The Government is trying to paint Mr Turnbull as out of touch with the problems of ordinary
Australians because of his wealth.

But it's a tactic which may backfire. Mr Turnbull has been at pains to highlight his own humble
beginnings and he is also pointing to the personal wealth of the man he hopes to depose, Kevin
Rudd.

Beyond personality politics, Malcolm Turnbull has pledged to press ahead with the former Liberal
leader's bill for an immediate increase in the aged pension.

In Canberra, Alexandra Kirk reports.

ALEXANDRA KIRK: Team Turnbull or the Turnbull experiment, it's the question some Opposition MPs are
posing behind the scenes.

And while they ponder it, the Government's lost no time going on the attack. The Treasurer Wayne
Swan started the jibes yesterday.

WAYNE SWAN: Now of course, the Member for Wentworth, you know, he hasn't got a great affiliation
with those sort of everyday goods.

He thinks alcopops is the noise it's making when he uncorks the Moet.

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: The Treasurer, resume his seat.

ALEXANDRA KIRK: Backbencher David Bradbury's continued the tone today.

DAVID BRADBURY: Malcolm Turnbull may understand the needs of the board room tables of Point Piper,
but the challenge for him is whether or not he understands the challenges facing people sitting
around the kitchen table in Penrith.

ALEXANDRA KIRK: But Government Minister Craig Emerson is taking a different approach.

CRAIG EMERSON: Look I think he'll do a good job, I think our democracy will be strengthened
somewhat by Malcolm being the leader. I think, or maybe more I hope that class envy belongs to the
20th century and not the 21st century.

The idea that we don't like or resent success, Kevin Rudd is very successful, he and Therese have
been successful, Malcolm Turnbull is, they've, all of them have worked hard, Lucy Turnbull.

ALEXANDRA KIRK: Opposition frontbencher George Brandis praises the Minister for his decency.

GEORGE BRANDIS: I wish that were an attitude shared by all of your colleagues, I mean, why does it
matter that they're wealthy? I mean, it's a good thing, I think that people have succeeded in their
lives and they've made their money fair and square.

But that's not the important thing, the important thing is that these people have gone into
Parliament, have gone into public life to contribute to the nation, they haven't devoted their
lives to making money.

ALEXANDRA KIRK: Malcolm Turnbull's confronted the criticism head on, pointing out the parallels
between himself and Kevin Rudd.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: I think we have certainly probably the richest Prime Minister we've ever had in
Kevin Rudd and I say good luck to the Rudds. Therese Rein, his wife has built a very big,
successful and very valuable business, Kevin I know has been a great supporter to her in that.

Lucy and I similarly have started out without very much and we've done well too in business, and I
think that is one of the great things about Australia

ALEXANDRA KIRK: And while the Opposition's derided the Government for what it says is a smear
campaign, the Greens aren't buying into it, saying they're looking forward to working with the new
Opposition leader.

CHRISTINE MILNE: I just don't think this is an appropriate time for personal comments of that kind,
Malcolm Turnbull will be a much more effective leader of the Opposition than Brendan Nelson was,
and the Government knows it.

REPORTER: Are you looking forward to working with Mr Turnbull?

BOB BROWN: I am. Malcolm's got a lot of pizazz, an interesting character. I think he'll liven up
politics a great deal.

ALEXANDRA KIRK: So far Malcolm Turnbull's sticking with Brendan Nelson's suite of policies,
including the push for a $30-a-week increase in the single aged pension.

The original plan was to introduce a private member's bill into the House of Representatives next
week. But the Prime Minister will be in the United States.

So the Opposition's decided to put the proposal to the Senate first, where the Government doesn't
have a majority, putting Labor under greater and more immediate pressure.

Liberal frontbencher Tony Abbott says the plan is to put it into the Senate this week.

TONY ABBOTT: Probably will get debated in the Senate until next week, and come to the Lower House
next week, and the tragedy is that not only is the Government likely to oppose the bill, but the
Prime Minister won't even be in the country when it's dealt with in the House of Representatives.

I fear that this is symbolic of a Prime Minister who has a plan for the United Nations and the
world, but he doesn't seem to have a plan for pensioners and for Australia.

ALEXANDRA KIRK: Malcolm Turnbull's made it clear his main focus against the Government will be the
economy and climate change.

But the heat is also being applied on a group of Labor measures, the Government's plan to scrap the
Medicare dental scheme, lifting the income threshold for the Medicare levy surcharge, and boosting
the alcopops tax and the luxury car tax.

On luxury cars, the Government's planning to put that tax bill back into the Senate this afternoon
amid suggestions the Treasurer is close to striking a deal with Family First Senator Steve Fielding
who scuttled the legislation the week before last.