Cor­re­spon­dence

The Monthly (Australia) - - CORRESPONDENCE -

The most ac­cu­rate ob­ser­va­tion Don Wat­son (Oc­to­ber) made is that Mal­colm Turn­bull looks like a man “in pol­i­tics for his own amuse­ment”. I be­lieve Turn­bull had two am­bi­tions in life: to make a lot of money and to be­come prime min­is­ter. He has no burn­ing am­bi­tion to rem­edy in­jus­tices in our so­ci­ety, to en­able Aus­tralians to be bet­ter ed­u­cated, to en­able new in­dus­tries to flour­ish. In other words, he has no poli­cies.

In an hour’s con­ver­sa­tion with him about the ABC, when he was min­is­ter for com­mu­ni­ca­tions, he ex­pressed no pol­icy other than cut­ting ex­pen­di­ture. He had no idea of mak­ing it a bet­ter broad­caster. Paul Keat­ing was right, Turn­bull has no judge­ment – re­mem­ber God­win Grech – but worse, he is on an ego trip and he has ar­rived. Gael Bar­rett The large en­ve­lope was ad­dressed to Rod Oaten The Best Li­brar­ian in the World and All the Clever Chil­dren at Lorne P–12 School.

Ap­par­ently Mr Dahl could be a prickly per­son to deal with, but he was a hero at Lorne all those years ago. Rod Oaten

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