In the end Malcolm Bligh Turnbull left the office just as he managed it – in appeasement, denial, dithering, procrastination, bluster, bravado, resentment and eventual capitulation.
Malcolm Turnbull’s New Year resolution is apparently to update his slogan – jobs and growth is so 2017, and thus is ready for a rejig.
Tony Abbott is winning. Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s report on energy is not yet dead, buried and cremated, but Abbott and his gang of avid colliers have already left it struggling on life support.
Having been rabbiting on for weeks about energy, Malcolm Turnbull has finally managed to summon up a little for himself. True, his big announcements about gas and hydro last week were more sound and fury than action. But at least he can say that he is being seen to be doing something. That’s a start.
For most of the time, it hadn’t been a bad week for Malcolm Turnbull. For starters, it was a non-sitting week, which meant that he didn’t have to spend much public time with the bumblers, urgers and saboteurs sitting around him on the government benches.
Bruce Apps, Townsend, NSW. It is now four days after the attack by the prime minister upon opposition leader Bill Shorten in Question Time and my how the look on Barnaby Joyce’s face has changed. Last Thursday it was all... Read More →
In less exciting times, many in the Liberal Party – probably most – would have viewed the defection of Cory Bernardi with more relief than dismay. Understandably, they regard the South Australian senator as a royal (or at least monarchist) pain in the arse.
Malcolm Turnbull declares determinedly that he is not a political animal. Well, perhaps not: maybe he is a political vegetable, silent and immobile, fed on copious amount of bullshit. It is hard to imagine a week that went so far off the rails, or one in which the management of hope and expectation went so awry.
Perhaps emboldened by the Trumpery of alternate facts, Malcolm Turnbull spent most of last week spruiking an alternate Trans Pacific Partnership.
So with a single bound across the Pacific, Trumpery has come to Australia – or at least to our elected leaders, which is the troubling bit.
Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Well Mungo, I am staggered (your column re Rudd for UN). Why on earth would you want to inflict Kevin Rudd on the rest of the world, isn’t the globe in enough strife now? Malcolm Turnbull... Read More →
ACT environment minister Simon Corbell has announced that the territory was going to accelerate its push to renewable energy, and would supply 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2020, almost all of it from wind and solar.
At the last election, Tony Abbott gave us a long list of slogans. One of them was to ‘axe the tax’. And he did axe the carbon tax. But it was a serious mistake.
This is a story about a man destined to be prime minister – a Liberal leader from Central Casting. His indulgent father provided him with the best schooling money could buy. He went on to university, where he developed both a taste and a talent for politics.
T. Sharples, Tweed Heads. I watched Malcom Turnbull on the TV again today. He’s got that 'bland' look which goes with his bland voice and whatever comes out of his mouth is scripted and bland.
Mungo MacCallum Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones and their armies of orcs have won. For months, years even, they inveighed against Malcolm Turnbull, vowing to destroy him, swearing mighty oaths that he must never become prime minister. They formed barricades around... Read More →
We had been told that everything was on the table. But when the guests arrived with their carpetbags and wheelbarrows to avail themselves of the largesse, it turned out that Stingy Scott Morrison had removed all but a handful of the goodies.
Mungo: The grim reality of the polling only confirms that it is time, time and half, perhaps even double time for Bill Shorten to decide just what he is to do about Dyson Heydon’s Royal Commission into the unions and in particular his own involvement.
The verdict was swift and unequivocal. According to Newspoll, some 62 per cent of voters thought that the replacement of Tony Abbott by Malcolm Turnbull was a good thing.
‘These.’ said our exuberant new leader, ‘are the most exciting times in human history.’ Well, perhaps; but as the Chinese could have told him, exciting times can be a curse as well as an opportunity.
Plus ça change. The more it changes, the more it stays the same. Despite Malcolm Turnbull’s tantalising sales pitch ahead of the leadership spill earlier this week, there was no real expectation for quick policy change.
New prime minister Malcolm Turmbull has come under attack in parliament for his role in pushing for a controversial dam at Tyalgum eight years ago.
Malcolm Turnbull’s dramatic replacement of Tony Abbott as prime minister of Australia has raised hopes of a change in direction for the Coalition government, particularly on climate change and renewable energy, and thereby the shape of its economic future.
Richmond Labor MP Justine Elliot describes former prime minister Tony Abbott's replacement, ‘Malcolm Turnbull, as 'just another out-of-touch, arrogant leader with a chaotic, dysfunctional and divided government.'
Anthony Plesko, Ballina. Why did the Libs change their leader? It had nothing to do with who is better PM nothing to do with good government, nothing to do with the needs and wishes of the people.