TV performance demonstrated Turnbull’s delusion
It was unmitigated, delusional chutzpah for Malcolm Turnbull — the principal underminer of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership who turned a large majority to a single seat at the 2016 election — to accuse his former cabinet members on Q&A of “blowing up the government” and being guilty of an “act of madness”.
Turnbull’s only claim to possibly winning the next election was his support for same-sex marriage. His resignation from parliament, departure to New York and virtual silence in support for David Sharma while his son promoted Sharma’s defeat from afar, was an act of bastardry. He would do himself and the country justice if he disappeared quietly into the sunset. Mort Schwartzbord, Caulfield, Vic Malcolm Turnbull says he is oblivious to the reasons the Coalition sacked him. The answer is in the numbers. Australians principally rate the success of their leaders on the improvement in their party’s standing.
In that respect, Turnbull was a failure. The loss in 2016 of all but one of the 14 seats Abbott gained in 2013 underscores his lack of effectiveness.
Furthermore, the Coalition’s pos- ition did not improve as clearly indicated by Newspolls for all of his term as PM. Turnbull left the Coalition government in a worse position than when he seized it. David Taylor, Newport, NSW It’s ironic that in a program supposedly devoted to free debate we had scripted questions but not a single one that went to actions on Malcolm Turnbull’s part that might have led to his downfall. Actions such as his knifing of Tony Abbott or his abandonment of his energy guarantee, no mention of 38 negative Newspolls or of the disastrous result of the 2016 election. And he has done nothing since to help the government. Peter O’Brien, Kiama, NSW The more we hear of Malcolm Turnbull, the better the decision to remove him looks. The more he tries to justify himself, the more decent and manly Tony Abbott looks. The more he criticises those he blames for his demise the more he invites comparison with the plot to depose Abbott.
Turnbull is delusional if he thinks the Libs under him could have won the next election. He has shown that he is an inept campaigner. He squandered a comfortable lead engineered by Abbott and was saved only by the campaigning of Barnaby Joyce. That one-seat majority was thanks to the Nationals. Frank Pulsford, Aspley, Qld As a self-made man, I greatly admire Malcolm Turnbull, whose drive and acumen led to business success. But having watched a glib Turnbull on ABC’s Q&A, I have to question why such men feel the need to dabble in politics, and in particular when it leads to the parlous state of politics with which we are now faced.
I accept it is naive of me to ask this, but I wonder if in future when wealthy men come knocking on the doors of the main parties in order to fulfil their political ambitions, these parties reject such overtures. Take their money of course, if it is offered. These people seem to have far too much of it anyway. But don’t take the individual. Crispin Walters, Chapel Hill, Qld The Q&A special was the most obvious piece of bias the ABC has ever come up with. Malcolm Turnbull was spoon-fed Dorothy Dix questions from the hand-picked audience, never interrupted by Tony Jones, never asked any difficult questions.
You could tell by the expressions on the faces of the audience as the camera panned over them they were all Turnbull groupies. Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton, NSW I have some sympathy for Malcolm Turnbull and the manner of his ousting. I really do. But to hear him proclaim same-sex marriage as a legacy of his government was risible. H. Jensen, Paddington, Qld It beggars belief that Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t know why he was dumped. I also find it extraordinary that no one questioned why Turnbull — if he was such a popular PM — managed to reduce a majority of 14 seats to one in the 2016 election.
Furthermore, Turnbull claims he supported Liberal Dave Sharma in Wentworth in private conversations. Quite how that would encourage voters to support the Liberals is a mystery. As always, the Q&A program was all about Malcolm, ably assisted by the fawning Tony Jones. J. Hargreaves, Kew, Vic
LAST P OS T
Malcolm Turnbull says he is mystified why the leadership coup occurred because, to his thinking at least, the government was performing well under his leadership and heading towards victory in 2019. A dose of reality, and a bit of introspection should provide the answer. John McLeod, Sunshine Coast, Qld
Malcolm Turnbull knows no one is indispensable. He began his reign in an out-of-touch fashion, and ended it in the same way. Scott Morrison isn’t proving to be much chop, but at least he saved us from Peter Dutton. David Hall, Coombabah, Qld
Malcolm Turnbull deserves an Oscar. What a plausible and compelling performance he gave, played to an adoring Q&A audience. J. G. Kellaway, Urangan, Qld
Watching Malcolm Turnbull on Q&A, I was reminded of the satirical couplet of Alexander Pope: “Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sits attentive to his own applause.” This could only happen on our ABC. P. C. Wilson, Miami, Qld
Malcolm Turnbull epitomises the saying that there are none so blind as those who will not see. In his three years as PM, he did more damage to the Coalition than any leader before him. Thousands of the Liberal base deserted the party causing structural damage that will be difficult to repair. Lesley Beckhouse, Queanbeyan, NSW
Malcolm Turnbull on Q&A: perfidious still; now delusional. Geoffrey Luck, Killara, NSW
As a Victorian voter how can I be expected to cast an informed vote until I know what is in the Chinese agreements the Premier has signed? Antony Blakeley, Winchelsea, Vic
Although we might wonder just what the incentive is for Daniel Andrews in cosying up to Beijing, on the bright side, once Victoria belongs to the Chinese we can bet they will restore law and order. Deborah Morrison, Malvern East, Vic
I hesitate to give advice to young women but too many of them are complaining long after suffering bad behaviour by men. That delay causes all sorts of problems for women in getting justice. The golden rule is to immediately object — loudly. Peter de Lepervanche, Clontarf, Qld
A poignant piece by Christopher Dawson (“Soldiers’ brief lives shocked into poetry”, 9/11). Who can forget Rupert Brooke? The Greeks haven’t. If Greek soil can cover Brooke in a field that is forever England, then the Greeks here must be content with Australian soil that is forever Greece. If the locals on Skyros island where Brooke is buried can call him Brookis, Aussies can call the likes of me Arthur. Athanasios Giannopoulos, Mitcham, SA