“That Turnbull was quick to renounce his former views on climate policy was no great shock to anyone who had watched him limbering up for months to lunge for the leadership.”
After a long campaign to woo shock jocks and conservatives, Malcolm Turnbull has beaten Tony Abbott with the promise of rebuilding the Liberals’ ‘broad church’.
As both sides of politics tussle over the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement, the father of diplomatic relations with Beijing laments our current lack of vision when dealing with Asia.
“Even though Turnbull has not told us yet what changes he will propose to the running of the Australian economy, the prospect of change itself is enough to buoy his poll numbers and our collective hope.”
The promise of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership has lifted economic confidence, but he must now deliver genuine reforms in the face of global downturn.
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19th century. (Bonus points: Mediterranean and Red seas.)
Finland’s PM Juha Sipilä.
Andrew Hastie and Matthew Keogh.
“Look, I think Australians are pretty sick of being lectured to. I really think Australians are sick of being lectured to by the United Nations.”
The then PM on evidence conditions in offshore detention were tantamount to torture. In the end, though, Australians were more sick of human rights abuses.
“I’m just really pleased that in his 90s, towards the end of a life of service and duty, we in this country are able to properly acknowledge what he’s done for us.”
The then PM defends the knighthood he gave Prince Philip. Mine approvals were not processed in time for him to deliver his gift of coal to Newcastle, and global warming interfered with the ice he had for Eskimos.
“Look, I am going to shirtfront Mr Putin. You bet you are. You bet I am.”
The then PM on his intention to confront Vladimir Putin over the MH17 disaster. Putin has since been seen only topless.
“As many of us know, women are particularly focused on the household budget, and the repeal of the carbon tax means a $550 a year benefit for the average family.”
The then PM explains his services as minister for women. Because in the 1950s everyone was a climate sceptic.
“What we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have.”
The then PM on costly lifestyle choices. Such as being Aboriginal.
“We have been a government of men and women, not a government of gods walking upon the earth.”
The suddenly former PM admits to his mortal form. His was a cabinet of men and women. Or men and woman, if we were to be pedantic.