Question time with the PM
Last week Labor leader Bill Shorten revealed a more personal side, now it’s PM Malcolm Turnbull’s turn to tell us a bit more about himself. Adam Bell reports.
QIf you were to be stranded on a desert island and could take a playlist of only five songs, what would they be? AMy favourite song is the Mentals’ If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?, so a few of theirs, and also some of Kate MillerHeidke’s. QWhich teams do you follow in the NRL, AFL and soccer? AMy teams are the Roosters, Sydney Swans and the Matildas. QWhat sport did you play when you were growing up? ARugby union. I used to play in the forwards for Sydney University and occasionally for Drummoyne. QWhat is your current favourite TV show and favourite TV character? AMy favourite show is the ABC’s legal drama Janet King. QYour favourite AustraAIt’s lian movie? hard to go past Gallipoli. QFavourite holiday destination, in Australia and overseas? AWe still own my father’s farm in the Hunter Valley – it’s always a favourite for family holidays. QWhat was the first car you owned? AA blue Mini Minor that had belonged to the NSW Police. Q What was your first job? AApart from odd jobs and helping my father, my first real job was working for a banana merchant down at the Sydney Markets when they were in Haymarket. QDo you play an instrument? If so, what? Or what do you wish you learnt to play? ANo – I have never played an instrument. QAt what age did you buy your first property? Where was it? AIt was a cottage in Newtown when I was in my 20s. QYour nickname at school/uni? AI never really had one. QWhat is your favourite dish to cook? AMy standard dish is pasta with homemade tomato passata. You can throw in whatever’s available in the kitchen. Sausage, for example. Or, as I did with (political writer) Annabel Crabb once, some yabbies. QWhat is your favourARobertite book? Hughes’ The
Fatal Shore. Not only was (my wife) Lucy’s uncle Bob a brilliant writer but he was also the ultimate raconteur and a very good fishing buddy and cook. QWho is your favourite AMy superhero?
grandson Jack has shown a particular fondness for his SpiderMan bike helmet, so I’m going to go with his advice and say Spider-Man. QIf you could choose a political hero, dead or alive, who would you choose to be stranded with on a desert island? AYou can’t go past Winston Churchill. He lived such a long and momentous life, he would have a lot of stories to tell.