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The clock ticks for Turnbull

The clock ticks for Turnbull

It’s a damned shame that the bells are not tolling for Turnbull which would mean terminal. The ticking clock is a mere harbinger of likely to be. Nevertheless, it remains that Malcolm Turnbull is a fake PM who has deceived Liberal voters by departing radically from conservative ethos. A deliberate ruse for a personal gain.

Last week began with a political drive-by backflip. Revenue Minister Kelly O’Dwyer dropped an announcement signalling the Government‘s plan to ditch the GST on women’s sanitary products. This was something no government of any political stripe had done during the GST’s 18 years of existence, making it a delicate issue to handle.

Source: News Corp

Time is running out for Turnbull to show his value

Labor, being in opposition, had it easier, pledging to get rid of the tax in government and was stirring up a campaign around this.

The Coalition had to neutralise the issue quickly and quietly. This is why O’Dwyer made the announcement, did a press conference and moved on.

The tampon tax backflip lasted less than 24 hours and by Monday the conversation was the drought, the next phase of the banking royal commission and Emma Husar’s office problems.

Malcolm Turnbull travelled out into western New South Wales with Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and announced new $12,000 family assistance relief packages, something quickly criticised as too little too late by the usual suspects.

As usually happens in these cases some of the commentary focused on Turnbull’s wardrobe, with some critics saying the Prime Minister looked like he had just stepped out of a RM Williams catalogue.

He had the hat and the shirt and the right pants but they look like they’re just been picked up from the dry cleaners in New South Head Rd in Sydney.

Turnbull’s lack of authenticity shows up most when he is in natural but unfamiliar circumstances.

Malcolm Turnbull with charity worker Edwina Robertson in Trangie during a visit to drought stricken areas of NSW. His wardrobe choices came under fire from critics. (Pic: Supplied)

It’s hard to forget the time during 2016 federal election when Turnbull was sitting around with a group of mothers in a southern Adelaide suburb making small talk. Everyone was looking for Scotty to beam them up.

The awkwardness on that occasion is also apparent when he sits on a bus or a train trying to look like a regular commuter while really appearing as he is — Australia’s prime minister indulging himself.

There are so many occasions now when Turnbull looks seriously authentically inauthentic.

Many voters don’t mind that much, not expecting a genuinely authentic persona from their political leaders. They are beyond waiting for the next messiah — they’ve woken up to the fact he or she is not coming.

Some political leaders have a messiah complex nevertheless. They think their own greatness will be enough to overcome all else.

Turnbull presented himself as something of a saviour after the dysfunction and nuttiness of Tony Abbott’s two years in the top job. And the public at first reacted positively, rating Turnbull and his government highly in the opinion polls but when the gloss quickly faded — after just nine months — the enthusiasm turned sharply to disappointment.

The tax confusion of early 2016, the madness of the first Budget by Turnbull and Scott Morrison and the seriously crazy eight week election campaign culminating in a double dissolution poll in which a bag of mixed lollies won seats in the Senate, all swirled around to leave the Prime Minister badly wounded but not vanquished.

Turnbull’s political stocks have never recovered. He’s edging towards the loss of 40 consecutive Newspolls and, while his personal standing has recorded some improvement, he is still seen as a negative for the Coalition.

Coalition strategists started reporting in December last year, after the New England and Bennelong by elections, a grudging acceptance of Turnbull’s place in Australian politics was taking hold in the electorate.

“The disappointment was fading and people were starting to say, well he may not be what we thought he would be but let’s give him some room to see what he can do,” said one Coalition insider almost a month ago.

“The Barnaby Joyce debacle was a dead weight on this recovery but since then Turnbull’s political luck has taken a turn for the better and he has had more clear air than storm clouds.”

This assessment was being made before the July 28 by-elections and there is a revision underway in Coalition ranks.

Turnbull’s policy cupboard is looking bare. His tax cut plan for big business is crashing on the shoals of clever politics from Shorten.

Shorten understands he is never going to go broke politically selling a schools and hospitals before a big bank tax cuts argument.

It is a sharp, cut through message that works on so many levels. Would you rather have (insert popular policy here) or a tax cut for banks with billion dollar turnovers.

If you’re selling better schools, well resourced hospitals and the kind of infrastructure 21st century communities need today not tomorrow, you start in front.

This is why Turnbull’s most urgent political need is a clear, concise message outlining his values and his party’s convictions.

He hasn’t been able to do it in his almost three years as prime minister. Time is running out.

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Muphin 13/08/2018, 5:27 am

    If Malcolm descended from the heavens and declared he is the resurrection of Christ, I would give him the one fingered salute saying “piss off, usurper you are not welcome here”.

    • Pensioner Pete 13/08/2018, 6:41 am

      Muphin: And PP would drag out the 3oh and begin ‘affirmative’ actions as the descending occurred.

    • Cliff 13/08/2018, 10:04 am

      Murphin, I thought he’d already done that.

  • Popular Front 13/08/2018, 6:50 am

    ‘Values’? ‘Convictions?’ Surely you jest. Turnbull has clearly demonstrated he has neither of these qualities, only an overinflated ego and an unshakeable yet delusional belief that he is the smartest person in any room he’s in.

  • Graham Richards 13/08/2018, 7:26 am

    Latest news this morning has Turnbull lying again. He says he wants to fund coal fired power stations. Only a total aresehole will believe you Mr Prime Minister. Ten minutes after you win an election on this you’ll be looking the other way. You’re a f@&$ing liar & we all know it.
    Your bosses want to kill off coal in Oz, they want immigration to climb higher & you’re their man. Abbott, shit or get off the pot. Your impressions of a man about to rescue us are wearing thin!

    • Bushkid 13/08/2018, 9:15 am

      Nailed it GR, in both cases.

      Abbott has really got to get up on his hind legs and challenge this Turncoat mongrel, and do it NOW. He HAS to cross the floor on the NEG, then challenge for the leadership, win it, then dump the Paris Accord, the RET, NEG, and all the other acronyms that are killing this country.

      Oh, and dump Bishop, Pyne, Morrison and all the other black handed bastards, banish them to the outer darkness.

      • crankykoala 13/08/2018, 9:32 am

        Spot on GR & BK.
        But, nothing will happen the lily livered members of the once upon a time Liberal Party do not have the intestinal fortitude to challenge the leader of ” MY GOVERNMENT” – Turnbull – he bought it , remember. Abbott should challenge but I doubt he will so like all the other “children” he will follow the pied piper of point piper over the cliff.

    • Cliff 13/08/2018, 10:09 am

      I find myself in furious agreement with you Jack, particularly on the latter point. But I fear we’re about to be disappointed by Tony Abbott yet again. I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

      Note to Tony Abbott: in the unlikely event that you do decide to make a move, get yourself a Twitter account and ‘do a Trump’ with regards to communicating with the electorate, for Blind Freddie can already see that the Australian MSM’s behaviour in their reporting of whatever you do will make CNN’s and the other US mainstream media’s totally biased reporting on Trump pale into insignificance – so cut them out and communicate directly with the electorate via Twitter or something similar.

  • Ian 13/08/2018, 7:28 am

    Turnbull doesn’t have the balls to lead. He wants to make everyone happy and fails with everyone.
    The greens and labor want to destroy our coal fired grid, the libs of old want coal fired, stable, reliable power. So Turnbull proposes a halfway solution that just closes the coal down and allows big energy retailers to make a further killing. Result, no one happy.
    The greens and labor want unfettered immigration and refugee intake, the libs of old want sensible border control and population growth. So Turnbull allows the skilled migrant numbers to rise and students to stay. Result, overcrowded cities and overloaded infrastructure.
    The greens and labor want to destroy big business, tax it higher and raise wages for all workers and those on welfare. Turnbull can’t get a tax cut through parliament because he isn’t selling it, does he even believe in it? Result, no tax cut for big business and businesses moving overseas to lower rates of taxation and cheaper manufacturing.
    He may want to be the smartest in the room, but he is just a fool. Labor and greens when in power have absolutely no problem in destroying anything right side of Lenin and being proud of it. Turnbull won’t even consider reducing the public service in his quest to be the Messiah for everyone. Fool.
    It’s time to rule like a lib/nat and destroy some of the left wing crap that is destroying our businesses and lifestyle. If not, you can bet that after the next election we’ll overwhelmed by more left sided stupidity. No coal. No plastic bags. No straws. No take away coffee cups. No plastic spoons. No he/she. No newspapers????

  • Henry 13/08/2018, 7:48 am

    “He had the hat and the shirt and the right pants but they look like they’re just been picked up from the dry cleaners in New South Head Rd in Sydney.”

    It’s embarrassing this play-acting to men and women as though he was a farmer himself. Worse still, farmers can’t afford R M Williams since they went upmarket.

    It’s like when the English prime minister Tony Bliair put on designer jeans to be with the younger set.

  • DT 13/08/2018, 8:34 am

    Chairman Mal: What you see is not what you get.

    • Bushkid 13/08/2018, 9:21 am

      Actually DT, what I saw in Turnbull long ago is exactly what we’ve got:

      A puffed-up popinjay, in thrall to the globalist set, rolling over to have his tummy tickled while he ruins our country. He doesn’t give a fat rats clacker about you or me or anyone else, so long as he is able to bask in the glory of being one of their pets, and so long as he can harbour his personal ambitions of a UN position after he’s stuffed Australia.

  • Lorraine 13/08/2018, 8:38 am

    Turnbull the man with the name that is so correct, he will turn on”””’ all””” hand ball you out of office, especially if you have good clean policies that the voter wants. He is a bastard…. no two ways about it

  • ibbit 13/08/2018, 8:57 am

    Turnbull is surely a fake PM with little right to be there, specially as he deposed a democratically elected PM.
    Pity is that the Nationals did not have the spine to refuse to serve with him when Barnaby won the seat that kept the Turdball where he is.
    But while we scream about Turnbull, how about those who plotted with him to knife Abbott – Bishop (words fail me with this creature), Fraudenberg, Morrison, other ministers and particularly the two backbenchers who started the rot and slide of Australia into the sewer? One is now dead, the other has just had the executive of his branch dismissed and banished from the Party, seemingly because there may have been someone prepared to challenge him at the next pre-selection. Is that the makings of a dictator or not? Certainly he is a lousy representative and right up Turnbull’s street as a colleague. Like always recognises like, but all the bum-sniffing has not got this bloke in my electorate far at all. He is still just a back bencher who, hopefully, will be tossed out next time around.

    • Aktosplatz 13/08/2018, 9:47 am

      Exactly right, Ibbit; the Liberal Leadership is a Poisoned Chalice for Abbott. Barnaby Joyce had the ultimate power, after 2016, to direct Coalition Policy away from the Paris Agreement, and put Patronising Frydenberg in his place.

      But he abdicated his responsibility, and became like the rest of the Abbott backstabbers. No sense of ethics or morals.

  • Bushkid 13/08/2018, 9:25 am

    38 Newspolls and still counting, Turnbull……….

    If we needed any further indication of his lack of integrity, his failure to stand or fall by his own claimed standard for effective PM-ship, this is it. But – he did buy the Libs prior to the double dissolution election we didn’t have to have in 2016 (and still almost lost it!), so I guess none of the ineffective wets are game to lift a finger and dismiss him. No wonder the country’s in such a mess.

  • Joe Blogs 13/08/2018, 9:52 am

    As with the Yanks and the Panama Canal Zone, Trumble stole the PM gig fair and square.

    Abbott won’t make a move unless he’s absolutely certain he has the numbers – and neither he should: it’s a once-er.

    In the meantime, lie back and think of England. That’s about as depressing as it gets, and you’ll feel good by comparison.

  • Bwana Neusi 13/08/2018, 12:43 pm

    Who wrote this BS piece.

  • Clarion Call 13/08/2018, 1:51 pm

    Let’s be fair about this situation. The yanks had to endure eight years of that grinning dope, Dubya Bush and immediately following was another eight years of that festering Muslim manipulating madman, Barack O’Bomination. That’s a full sixteen years of mayhem and manglimation (my word) by fully blown crooks and political Frankenburgers. We’ve only had to endure a short time with monstrous Malcolm. Even though it feels like a century- long nightmare. Like all bad dreams this one will eventually bring us back to our collective senses. Then we’ll get Shortonbrains to give us another version of horror….while we’re fully awake. OMG!

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