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Turnbull: the political athlete

Athleticism of a waffling backflipper and tumbling bumbler

“Lucy, what good can I say about coal?”
“Tell ’em it’s so good they can eat it love!”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has mounted a defence of coal-powered electricity, saying those who think the resource doesn’t have a future are “delusional”.

But Mr Turnbull’s style and character has been covered in this MM article posted June 3, 2014. Read it here. It’s full of surprises that should serve as a reminder that leopards don’t change their spots.

Addressing the Liberal National Party state convention in Brisbane, Mr Turnbull hit out at the state Labor government’s “reckless” plans to ensure Queensland’s energy supply is carbon neutral by 2050 and said Australia had an interest in ensuring the future of coal.

Source: Fairfax

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull labels coal opponents ‘delusional’

Turnbull labels coal opponents ‘delusional’

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has mounted a defence of coal-powered electricity, saying those who think the resource doesn’t have a future are ‘delusional’.

“Those people who say coal and other fossil fuels have no future are delusional and they fly in the face of all of the economic forecasts,” he told the crowd of party faithful.

His sentiments were greeted with applause by the crowd, who a day earlier had passed a resolution urging a future state LNP government to promote and support the coal industry.

The convention is also considering a resolution to call on the Turnbull government to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, which is likely to be debated on Sunday.

Mr Turnbull devoted a significant portion of his 20-minute address to energy policy, warning of the impact of renewables on power prices and the security of the electricity grid.

He said Queensland’s efforts to source 50 per cent of its electricity supply by 2030 would see it follow the path of South Australia, which has been hit by high prices and supply issues.

“We know what happens if you allow left-wing ideology and politics to drive your energy policy. You get unreliable and unaffordable power, and business is driven out of your state,” he told the crowd.

“Now, what the Palaszczuk government is seeking to do here is undermine your competitiveness in the interests of chasing green votes in the inner city and you can’t allow them to get away with it, and we won’t.”

He said as the world’s largest exporter of coal, Australia had an interest in demonstrating that clean coal could play a role in a low-emissions energy future.

Mr Turnbull later told reporters ideology had no role to play in the energy policy debate.

“The critical thing to do with energy is to plan it, you’ve got to be businesslike about it,” he told reporters on the Gold Coast.

“That’s why I say our policy is based on engineering and economics, not on ideology and politics.”

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce passionately called on his colleagues in Queensland get behind Mr Turnbull, calling him their one and only captain.

He said it was a hard job being the prime minister, with so many divergent interests at play.

“But he is unrelenting,” Mr Joyce said.

“We’ve got to get behind him now. We are going to run out into this paddock and we will run out with one captain and it’s going to be Malcolm Turnbull.”

It comes a day after the Nationals leader told federal Liberals to drop “bullshit arguments” and concentrate on things that matter to voters.

He warned on Friday that the war of words between Mr Turnbull and Tony Abbott would hurt the Liberal-Nationals in Queensland.

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Penguinte 17/07/2017, 7:57 am

    Tell him “he’s dreaming”! Even Queenslanders aren’t that gullible.

  • Moree 17/07/2017, 8:08 am

    It’s all very well to sneer at Turnbull, but who remembers the 1956 Olympics when he carried off a gold medal in diving?
    Full backflip with half pike if I remember right.

    • Biking Voter 17/07/2017, 8:56 am

      And he’s been perfecting it ever since.

      • Joe Blogs 17/07/2017, 11:19 am

        But he’ll be doing a belly whacker come the next election.

  • Moree 17/07/2017, 8:35 am

    “Tumbling bumbler” is that a Spoonerism MM? You mean “Bumbling tumbler, surely?” On second thoughts….

  • Graham 17/07/2017, 9:31 am

    This is an example of why people don’t like Turnbull, it’s because no one really understands what he stands for.
    Oh, and the fact that he’s a narcissist, big headed, egotistical weasel.

    • Lorraine 17/07/2017, 9:45 am

      sorry Graham we understand Turnbull ,he is fluid, one day he says we need coal next day we need renewables next day we are pushing water up hill to get the answers. The very next day the man that said he was not into slogans, is trying out another to see if someone,somewhere, will see how perfect he is as the PM

  • Graham Richards 17/07/2017, 12:08 pm

    Nobody seems to have noticed that he’s already given us the carbon tax/ETS already. Brought in by stealth & obsfucation over the past 8 months or so.
    The whole thing is covered up by blaming the gas. We have one of the largest gas export industries in the world but by simply manuvering the supply & demand, with the cooperation of the gas industry we suddenly have a shortage to push up prices.
    Love to know the full mechanics of it!
    Next he wants a carbon tax on cars? All the while pretending there have not been any taxes imposed on electricity and also pretending to support coal in Queensland…..because there’s an election coming this year?? Devious immoral liar& we’ll stop LNP & him dead in their tracks. We’ve got your measure Turnbull!

  • Jarrah 17/07/2017, 12:21 pm

    No wonder Warren Truss was not in favour of Joyce becoming leader of the Nationals when he retired. Joyce is doing to the Nationals what Turnbull is doing to the Liberals, destroying it. How underwhelming Joyce is, I do not care anymore, we have incompetent fools running this country into the ground, something has to give and it should happen very soon, they all make me sick, the greedy self centred bastards.

  • GTD 17/07/2017, 5:01 pm

    Only a few delusional ..or would that be the 54 backstabbing bastards that blindly follow the jerk Turncoat , Bishop , Halal Barnaby and co.

  • Aktosplatz 17/07/2017, 5:50 pm

    My ire has lately been roused By Nick Greiner who is urging Tony Abbott & Trumble to settle their differences or ‘the LNP might lose the next election.

    They still don’t get it do they?

    It’s Trumble’s Policies that are not worth voting for, yes he is a dropkick too, but being pals with Abbott has no chance of cutting it.

    I resent their simplistic argument-as if Trumble buying a Abbott a beer, or vice versa is now going to get me to vote LNP.

    What sort of people do Greiner and Co. think we are?

    And BTW it’s clear that the reason for the 2019 election loss will be dumped on Abbott.

    I actually hate the LNP now, I really do.

    • Joe Blogs 17/07/2017, 8:24 pm

      What sort of people do Greiner and Co. think we are? Fools, Akto, fools.

      Instead of Abbott’s Lager, Trumble might end up with a gutful of Abbott’s Luger.

    • Aktosplatz 17/07/2017, 9:10 pm

      Agreed Joe B. These morons are so presumptuous, you know make friends with Abbott , they’ll come back. I heard Miranda ‘Delcon’ Devine parroting the same mantra 2 days ago. You know “It’s either us or Shorten” attitude.

      They really need to be taught a lesson and lose office, Shorten or no Shorten.

      I no longer trust the LNP.

      They give out Conservative favouring strategies at the election, and then afterwards, the Progressives appear like termites to promote a totally different /opposite policy.

      Look at Climate Change as an example, Abbot, then Turnbull, seriously, you can’t trust the liberal progressives not to renege after being elected.

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