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  • n  a retraction of a previously held position

  • Max Mosley in Scottish Daily Record
    Mosley said: "Unfortunately, some have sought to interpret this outcome as a backdown by the FIA and a coup by teams wishing to remove me from my post. There have even been claims I've ceased to fulfil my role as president, effective immediately....
  • Bob Brown in
    Four billion a year every year will be taken out of the public purse by Julia Gillard's backdown,Senator Brown said while campaigning in north Queensland. "It was nothing to do with climate change, or better environmental outcomes or a...
  • Julie Bishop in Special Broadcasting Service
    This must be a humiliating backdown for the minister,Ms Bishop told parliament. "On Tuesday, in a highly-dismissive manner, in the high-handed, arrogant manner that is becoming a hallmark of this government, the minister accused me of...

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