Elizabeth Farrelly explains why Malcolm Turnbull can never be a Liberal prime minister but why he could be governor-general.
Just about everyone I know loves Malcolm Turnbull. This is especially weird since my sample, though broad and random – greens and Christians, professionals and hobos, poets, Buddhists, anarchists, atheists, engineers and random reprobates – takes in few Liberal voters, if any.
It is true – there a lot to like about Turnbull; but he is soft on tax, having criticised Brendan Nelson on tax and then proposing a tax increase himself as leader of the opposition.
I though this was unfair.
But this is about as likely to get up as the republic – which is still seen as a Turnbull failure, evidence (along with “utegate”) of his lack of political nous.
This is just one of three albatrosses around Turnbull’s neck.
I am no fan of the Republic (I would have voted ‘fuck No’, but for my fear it would be counted as a spoiled ballot) but I don’t recall too many others putting up their hands to lead the Republican movement or too many others working as hard as Turnbull did for the cause.