Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - OPINION - Join­ing Paul on the pro­gram this Mon­day are Gra­ham Richard­son, Ross Cameron and Ja­nine Per­rett. PAUL MUR­RAY Watch Paul Mur­ray LIVE Mon­day - Thurs­day at 9pm

THERE comes a time in all Prime Min­is­ter­ships when we just stop lis­ten­ing. We have hit that mo­ment for Mal­colm Turn­bull.

No one can blame Turn­bull for so many MPs and Sen­a­tors not get­ting their dual ci­ti­zen­ship house in or­der. But we can judge him for ig­nor­ing the pub­lic mood and fail­ing to see that this sit­u­a­tion is beyond spin­ning, dis­trac­tions or kick­ing down the road.

We want an audit, now.

The ci­ti­zen­ship saga be­came a farce when the now ex-Se­nate Pres­i­dent Stephen Parry ad­mit­ted he was a dual cit­i­zen. He did it af­ter send­ing six fel­low sen­a­tors and Barn­aby Joyce to the High Court and he knew all along he should be with them.

He even told a mem­ber of Turn­bull’s Cab­i­net he was wor­ried back in Au­gust, but ev­ery­one just sat on their hands and hoped they wouldn’t get caught.

Parry’s sit­u­a­tion be­comes a di­rect prob­lem for Turn­bull be­cause we all ex­pected that when those two Greens got caught back in July, the PM would have read the riot act to his own team, de­mand­ing ev­ery­one in the LNP show their papers to his of­fice.

But he didn’t. In fact he claimed he only knew about Parry when we all learnt about it last week. Strike One.

Turn­bull then com­pletely mis­read the mood of the mo­ment, post Parry, by com­par­ing a sim­ple audit of all MPs and Sen­a­tors to a witch hunt that was un-Aus­tralian. All we wanted was for some­one to take over be­cause the politi­cians couldn’t be trusted any more. Strike Two.

I would have given Strike Three to a mis­guided meet­ing with Bill Shorten where Turn­bull ap­par­ently of­fered a deal where Par­lia­ment not deal with any con­tentious leg­is­la­tion un­til it was all sorted out. A des­per­ate at­tempt to buy time and an ad­mis­sion at the grow­ing il­le­git­i­macy of the Par­lia­ment’s de­ci­sions.

But the fi­nal straw for me was news late in the week. Turn­bull gave ad­vice over the phone to NTX MP Re­bekha Sharkie that she too should be headed to the High Court, but he has of­fered no such ad­vice to his own Lib­eral MP John Alexan­der whose fa­ther was born in the UK.

There can’t be one rule for Lib­er­als and one rule for ev­ery­one else.

Peo­ple don’t trust Can­berra be­cause it looks like a game where keep­ing power is more im­por­tant than any­thing else.

A real leader should be un­afraid of an elec­tion – which is what is need to sort out this mess.

Un­afraid to face the peo­ple and show a hunger to build a bet­ter coun­try with big ideas and a pas­sion to get them done.

Sadly this Prime Min­is­ter has lost his abil­ity to light up a room. He looks like ev­ery other dis­ap­point­ing Prime Min­is­ter des­per­ate to hold on no mat­ter the cost to their party or the coun­try.

It’s clear now the pub­lic have given up. They just don’t care.

You can imag­ine peo­ple all over the coun­try say­ing to them­selves: “Wake me when this is over”.

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