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.
Trump praised Turnbull as a great leader, one very comfortable to sit on. Now Turnbull has returned to Australia to face a budget which was supposed to be the ultimate political fix, but which, in the brief period he was overseas, was rapidly turning into yet another tin full of worms, the annelids being the Abbottian delcons of the lunar right.
Well it wasn’t what was hoped for, and certainly not what was required; but it was better than nothing. That was the objective assessment of Malcolm Turnbull’s week – indeed, the entire Autumn session of parliament, perhaps even his whole political career.
It is really hardly surprising that Bill Shorten is proving reluctant to co-operate with the new government he so nearly toppled. When the Liberals were last in opposition they remorselessly opposed anything and everything that the government suggested.
Our Prime Minister will still have to wear the blame for what has been an embarrassing blooper which not only may have derailed the census, but also will set back the public’s confidence of all forms of electronic commerce – what price internet voting for elections? Forget it.
According to some distraught commentators, some million conservative voters deserted the coalition for minor parties – some even more distraught commentators put the figure at a million and a half.
A treasurer’s lot is not a happy one. His job description is, after all, to be contrarian.