Turn­bull’s dig at PM on cli­mate

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

MAL­COLM Turn­bull has told a pri­vate gath­er­ing of the Lib­eral Party mod­er­ate fac­tion they must never be Scott Mor­ri­son’s “quiet Aus­tralians” and must be “loud Aus­tralians” who stand up for their values on cli­mate change.

Reignit­ing the cul­ture wars in a speech at his farewell func­tion last night, Mr Turn­bull said the Mor­ri­son Gov­ern­ment’s cli­mate change pol­icy was not “co­her­ent” and urged the mod­er­ate fac­tion of the Lib­eral Party “to stand up for our values and get the out­comes, de­liver the Gov­ern­ment and the poli­cies Aus­tralians de­serve”.

Mr Turn­bull’s ref­er­ence to the “Quiet Aus­tralians” — the mid­dle-in­come vot­ers Scott Mor­ri­son cred­its for his sur­prise elec­tion vic­tory — was in­ter­preted by some as a swipe at the PM. They re­mem­bered Mr Turn­bull’s pledge not to be driven by hate and his de­ri­sion of Tony Ab­bott and Kevin Rudd as “mis­er­able ghosts”.

“It was a dig at Mor­ri­son,” one at­tendee said. “It was hard not to read it as a dig.”

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