Malcolm Turnbull’s Prime Ministerial Obituary

‘If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined’

(Pyrrhus of Epirus)

One of the first posts ever written on TMR was Tony Abbott’s Prime Ministerial Obituary.

Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t need a similarly written obituary: he’s done a perfectly good job of writing his own.

Building Turnbull’s PM Obituary Guarantee

During Turnbull’s first year as Prime Minister, Australians were treated to Turnbull and his leather jacket at their barnstorming best:

  • March 2016 – Turnbull thinks about introducing a negative gearing cap and reducing the CGT discount before taking them ‘off the table’ in April 2016:

After weeks of suggesting the government might make some changes to negative gearing at the higher end of the income scale, Mr Turnbull said it was “common sense” to make no adjustments to existing arrangements.

In other words, Turnbull wants to fix the finger pointing and overlapping with more complex tax legislation, more overlapping and nine income tax jurisdictions (*) – all with the intention of collecting essentially the same amount of income tax, just with more government administration and double handling:

“From a taxpayers’ point of view, he or she would pay the same amount of income tax but the states would be raising the money themselves. We would obviously administer it and collect it for them so again there’d be no compliance costs.”

Yep, that should definitely do the trick.

(*) Six States, two Territories plus the Commonwealth.

  • 1 April 2016 – two days later, Turnbull thinks against building the taxation revolution, even though it was supposed to be the ‘the most fundamental reform to the federation in generations’. The date couldn’t have been more fitting.
  • April 2016 – Super tax (Episode II) – Turnbull tries to out-left Labor by increasing super contribution taxes for anybody earning over $180K.

  • May 2016 – Turnbull and Morrison announce corporate tax cuts over a period of 10 years – something which has absolutely no chance of happening. Turnbull then crashes the plane into the mountain with a complete disaster of an interview regarding the costings.

Budget 2016-17

  • August 2016 – Turnbull announces that he wants to change the GST distribution system. Many misinterpret this to mean that Turnbull’s proposed change will improve Western Australia’s GST share. A review of what Turnbull actually said shows otherwise:

“We believe that we should take that opportunity, as the West Australian share of the GST increases under the current system, to change the arrangements so that we set a percentage floor below which no states receipts can fall,” he said.

“Setting a floor below which a state’s share of the GST cannot fall, immediately after it has been exceeded in this cycle, means that no other state will be disadvantaged based on their projected GST shares.”

(In other words, once the current system has finished screwing over Western Australia, Turnbull will introduce a floor so that no other state suffers the same problem. In the meantime, Western Australia is free to continue suffering under the current flawed system).

Turnbull keeps winning

Proving that his first year was no fluke, Turnbull kept racking up the victories:

  • 16 March 2017 – Turnbull announces the Snowys – Mark II. Although no feasibility study has been completed, a rigorous back on the napkin analysis was probably done. The original $2 billion estimate doesn’t take long to blow out to $4.5 billion.
  • 29 March 2017 – faster than a fornicating rat, Turnbull jumps ship on the ratification plan.
  • April – June 2017 – Western Australians realise that Turnbull had no clothes on when talking about GST reform.

Budget 2017

Budget

GDP Graph

  • 14 August 2018 – Turnbull attempts to rub his party’s nose in NEG. On achieving a meaningless party-room vote in favour of the policy, many of the left-intelligentsia conclude that Turnbull has achieved a ‘major victory’ – despite the fact that:

(a) numerous Liberal MPs have long been threatening to cross the floor if the NEG is tabled in parliament;

(b) we’ve all heard this song before;

The federal Liberal Party has elected Tony Abbott as leader and in an unprecedented secret ballot voted overwhelmingly to defeat the Government’s emissions trading scheme.

Seconds after Mr Abbott beat Malcolm Turnbull by one vote, he then declared a secret ballot on the ETS.

The motion proposed that the legislation should be delayed for three months, and if this could not be secured, then the legislation should be defeated.

The motion was carried by 54 votes to 29, guaranteeing the death of the Rudd Government’s ETS.

(c) everyone knows how it ended last time…

  • 20 August 2018 – Turnbull concedes defeat on his signature ‘National Energy Guarantee’ policy.
  • 21 August 2018 – using all of his political judgment and ‘smartest person in the room-level’ intelligence, Turnbull calls a leadership spill without notice – only to find out that 35 out of 83 federal Liberal MPs aren’t very keen on him continuing as leader. The vultures begin to descend.

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93 Responses to Malcolm Turnbull’s Prime Ministerial Obituary

  1. tombell

    I think you were being kind to Turnbull….!

  2. None

    Indeed you fr too kind to this pathetic little s***. One of the first things he did as p.m. worse give the green light to sharia finance in Australia which will bite us in the bum big time very soon. Watch.

  3. George

    How about regarding Australians as fools by, amongst many other things, appointing a green activist as Chief Scientist and then seeking his opinion on energy policy.

    Turnbull remains convinced that he is the smartest guy in the room and he holds all of us in contempt.

  4. Ve2

    A complete and utter fornicating disaster, on a personal level the local treacherous slimebag in my electorate who knifed Abbott has changed sides.

  5. iain russell

    It is the End of Days. When The Filth win the next election and proceed to complete the destruction of Australia, I will be gone.

  6. Cpt Seahawks

    Thanks, I just threw up
    A little bit

  7. Cpt Seahawks

    Money can’t buy me love, votes or female wives.

  8. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    Turnbull is not known as Lord Waffles for nothing, he should never have been in politics in the first place. He and Shorten both only want power, not the well being and strengthening of our nation. Where is our Donald Trump who will put in the hard yards for the country? I have never heard anyone declare “make Australia great.” Love him or hate him, Trump has worked for the USA while we languish in our leftist mire of sexual grooming, political correctness, financial incompetence etc, etc. We have a mindless Marxist, Communist, leftist media and chattering class who have changed us from a respected nation to a pliant pussy cat that that has every weird whim pandered to. Now everyone has a grievance, we are more divided than at any time in my lifetime yet we blunder on. We push non existent climate change, make a huge deal of wasting billions of dollars to fill the pockets of climate parasites while many can’t even heat their homes. Great going Australia…what a mess.

  9. stackja

    In the end, Abbott was handicapped by his unpopularity, couldn’t implement an agenda that resonated with the public and made too many vote crunching mistakes. The sad thing is, many people will tell you that Abbott is a decent, sincere and compassionate person in private with an overarching sense of community duty: probably more reasons why there wasn’t enough room for him at the top of politics.

    Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t need a similarly written obituary: he’s done a perfectly good job of writing his own.

    TA probably didn’t want to be PM. Come the time, RGR, come the man. MT wanted to be PM, continued machinations, then didn’t know what to do, when he did.

  10. RobK

    Thanks for the summary Marcus. Well done.

  11. stackja

    14 August 2018 – Turnbull attempts to rub his party’s nose in NEG. On achieving a meaningless party-room vote in favour

    No vote, MT just claimed ‘victory’.

  12. stackja

    Voters want ALP? Won’t bother me. ALP history shows little long term. Scullin, Curtin/Chifley, Evatt, Caldwell, Gough, Hawke/Keating, RGR now BS!

  13. Mark M

    Obituary Footnote:

    2009: Federal Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning announced standard incandescent light bulbs would be phased out within three years in a bid to reduce energy consumption.

    Compact fluorescent or low-wattage bulbs cost about $5 more, but are more energy-efficient and save an average of $30 per year.

    https://www.news.com.au/national/household-light-bulbs-get-the-flick/news-story/7f3f556c42ae5bbecb2aaf2504470d5c

    2008: It’s About Laws, Not Light Bulbs

    Mr. Gore’s ambition is not just to change individual behavior by getting people to buy energy-saving light bulbs: it is to change policy.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/opinion/06sun2.html

  14. Texas Jack

    Up and reading in the early hours it took forever to find a piece on Turnbull that dug deeper than the usual gallery tripe, but find it I did. Right here. Well done Marcus.

  15. What goes around comes around. Reap what you’ve sown Turnbull.

  16. stackja

    Another way to handle affairs:

    Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician who was a leading figure in the early-20th-century Irish struggle for independence. Wikipedia
    Born: 16 October 1890, Michael Collins Birthplace, Republic of Ireland
    Full name: Mícheál Seán Ó Coileáin
    Assassinated: 22 August 1922, Béal na Bláth, Republic of Ireland
    Buried: Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

  17. Mark M

    Once more for the fun …

    The downfall of Turnbull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NguB1EYfHsg

  18. mh

    And the $444 million dollar taxpayer gift to the great barrier reef foundation. The foundation didn’t ask for the money, it just went straight into their account, one lump sum, no questions asked.

  19. Rob

    And add the following policy missteps
    – the $444mn great barrier reef ‘donation’
    – the decline of the ADF with ‘pink pinkies’ etc etc
    – submarines (need I say more)
    – blow-out in immigration numbers
    – sale of Darwin port to the Chinese

    Meanwhile at the Soviet Morning Herald this morning the headlines are spruiking Dutton as ‘unpopular’ and Bishop to run for the LP leadership. FMD!

  20. Combine Dave

    Yet another reason to vote LDP.

  21. duncanm

    All laid bare in a comprehensive list of brain-farts and fuckups.

    Turnbull is the classic shiny-ball micro manager.

  22. Cactus

    Well done Marcus. Love you analysis and the budget stuff you do.

    I think you are being too kind and have overlooked a lot of stuff. But of course you thought brevity and hitting the main points was important.

    Well done.

  23. Elle

    An excellent summary, Marcus. Thank you.

  24. Megan

    Great summary of the Turnweasle’s blundering and useless signature style. And the media only now noticing he has no clothes. He’s been naked pretty much since UteGate but all the usual suspects still lined up to kiss the hem of his robe.

    And it is the rest of us peasants who are left in the mire of his glittering incompetence.

  25. Rohan

    Any day now: Agile and Innovative Potential Greatness™.

  26. Tel

    There is a rigid relation between a problem and the men to solve it. If the men are not available, then the problem has not yet matured, and the time is not ripe. It is no use calling for a ‘strong man’ then. But if the time is ripe, the men will also be found. I cannot realize my ideas without the men for the job.

  27. Rob

    and the list goes on
    – failure to repeal RDA section 18c
    – failure to deal with bloated ABC
    – George Brandis
    – 2016 Census stuff-up
    – NBN
    – Backpacker tax

  28. sabena

    There is talk from some Liberals and some Nationals that if there is a leadership spill there will be a successful no confidence motion in the House of Representatives(ie someone will rat) or that Turnbull may decide to call an early election.
    As to the latter option,it does not follow that if Turnbull advises the Governor General that an election for the House of Representatives should be held,that the GG has to accept that advice.This is because it is arguable that the advice tendered is tainted with an improper purpose,namely to prevent any further challenge to Turnbull’s leadership.
    There have been occasions in the past where a Governor has refused the head of government a dissolution in similar circumstances-they are detailed in Anne Twomeys book The Veiled Sceptre.

  29. Crossie

    Turnbull remains convinced that he is the smartest guy in the room and he holds all of us in contempt.

    Malcolm encapsulated.

  30. min

    Suggest a copy of this obituary is sent to firstly Bishop and Frydenberg and then the other 46.

  31. Crossie

    He’s been naked pretty much since UteGate but all the usual suspects still lined up to kiss the hem of his robe.

    He’s been starkers since 1999 when he lost the republican referendum, stark raving mad that is. Liberal party may have been a “broad church” but I had no idea it was so broad it accepted known megalomaniacs into its ranks. Thanks, John Howard.

  32. Crossie

    Turnbull may decide to call an early election.

    I expect nothing less from him, if he can’t have the toy, the leadership of the party and the country, he will destroy it.

  33. Entropy

    Once the head office got to control local preselection the liberal party was dead.

  34. billie

    what a complete and utter shambles, and those are rare

  35. Old School Conservative

    Very thorough Marcus.
    Surely another 7 members of the party room will read it, understand the content, and change their vote.

  36. Leigh Lowe

    There is talk from some Liberals and some Nationals that if there is a leadership spill there will be a successful no confidence motion in the House of Representatives(ie someone will rat) or that Turnbull may decide to call an early election.

    What?
    If Trumble loses a spill the GG wouldn’t entertain issuing writs on the advice of a deposed PM.
    As for the no confidence, Nats going to the cross bench or triggering by-elections that is mostly Hissy Chrissy posturing.

  37. Entropy

    Leigh, the risk is Lord Wentworth would race off to the GG once he knows he no longer has the numbers, before He got deposed. That said, at the risk of claims of a constitutional crisis a GG of honour would tell him “No, Lord Wentworth, that everyone hates you personally is no reason to call an election. Go to the back bench or quit politics. Begone I say!”

  38. yarpos

    Lets not forget handing out half a billion dollars with dubious process to the reef foundation , then immediately providing a third of that for drought stricken farmers. Priorities much from Capt Virtue Signaller?

  39. Roger

    And yet, if only Tony Abbott had withheld from sniping from the sidelines, Maladroit could have achieved potential greatness as PM.

  40. Cassie of Sydney

    I usually don’t enjoy watching somebody’s slow agonising downfall……but I am making an exception for Turdbull. I am enjoying this spectacle. After what he did to Peter King and after what he did to Tony Abbott, I am loving this slow, slow execution. However, I will never forgive the Liberal party for allowing this utter vacuous creep to fart his way to PM. What happened in 2004 with Peter King and what happened in 2015 (and I am no apologist for Tony Abbot’s defects as PM) was disgraceful. Turdbull has NEVER gotten anywhere on his own back. Whether in business or as president of the ARM or as a politician, Turdbull has only ever hitched his way to the top on the backs of other people’s hard work and success….and then, once he has done that….he fucks up. That’s the Turdbull way. He is a complete phony, an empty suit, a man and a politician who is completely uninterested in the average Australian (as evidenced by his no show in marginal electorates in 2016 and clocking off the campaign trail at 1.00 p.m.), he is only interested in what suits him and his despicable wife. He thinks that fellating ABC Q&A audiences and inner city vermin are what matters in politics. And when he does show his face in a marginal electorate where ordinary Australians live, an electorate such as Longman, where people who have worked hard their whole lives have had their superannuation raided (by a Liberal government no less), where people are concerned about rising power prices, where people send their kids to the local Catholic school…only to see the Catholic system attacked by a Liberal government no less, where people are rightly worried about levels of immigration, where people are rightly worried about the culture wars, islam and safe schools, what does that genius Malturd do? When questioned by ordinary people, he waves his bony fingers at them and lectures people….”how dare you question me!” Yes, getting lectured by a fart who lives in Point Piper and who will never ever have to worry about paying his bills. That is priceless stuff, you couldn’t make up, no wonder Shortfilth and the rest of Labor are laughing hysterically. Really, for the last three years, Shortfilth haven’t had to do any work, they have just been gifted fart after fart. Turdbull is the fart that just keeps on farting.

    And whilst I detest Shortfilth and whilst I detested Gillard and Rudd, I would add that at least they believed in their party and its brand. Turnbull loathes the Liberal party, he always has. Turdbull has only EVER had complete disdain for the brand that he decided to hitch himself to. It was just a rope for him to climb to the top politically. Now that rope will hang him….slowly. And I say good.

  41. Dr Faustus

    Leigh, the risk is Lord Wentworth would race off to the GG once he knows he no longer has the numbers, before He got deposed.

    A reasonable risk this might happen.
    Turnbull’s personal lack of party room support may not be a constitutional trigger, but he can certainly claim that a significant piece of his Government’s legislative program has fallen into the political swamp, courtesy of the States, Shorten – and pretty much everyone except Malcolm Turnbull.

    From a Turnbull ego perspective, better to go out claiming ‘Experts designed it, business wanted it, I tried to tell them, I bent over backwards to accomodate, but they were all too, too stupid to understand...’

  42. min

    Although Marcus concentrated on policy failure and others his character flaws , there are still the problems of the character flaws that have resulted in him lying to voters to preserve his ego. That includes the reef money, saying in 2 videos that lowering emissions will cost but saying no cost and cheaper energy prices in NEG. But the worst was his treatment of his supporters after the last election , who must have very short memories. He was lazy electioneering and then did not show up until hours later to acknowledge the win with support of the Nationals and no thank yous to anyone.

  43. billie

    Cassie, so you feel strongly about this do you?

    couldn’t agree more myself, Turnbull is a creep and so are his cronies, Pyne, whatever her name is Minister of Defence, Bishop etc etc

  44. Leigh Lowe

    Dr Faustus
    #2795889, posted on August 22, 2018 at 9:06 am
    Leigh, the risk is Lord Wentworth would race off to the GG once he knows he no longer has the numbers, before He got deposed.
    A reasonable risk this might happen.

    And I think Cosgrove would neatly send him packing and tell him to “try one more time”, which would mean he would be a goner.
    Cosgrove is too savvy to be part of that sort of desperation.

  45. Leigh Lowe

    Sorry, Entropy, I only read Dr F’s lift of your post.
    Having read your full post I agree.
    Cosgrove would tell him to go back to the Parliament and the party room to sort things out.
    There is no way he would issue writs in the current circumstances.

  46. Cassie of Sydney

    billie
    #2795894, posted on August 22, 2018 at 9:09 am
    Cassie, so you feel strongly about this do you?

    couldn’t agree more myself, Turnbull is a creep and so are his cronies, Pyne, whatever her name is Minister of Defence, Bishop etc etc”

    Yes Billie, I do feel strongly about this as well as other things. Some Cats know me personally and they can attest to the fact that I am NOT a shrinking violet.

  47. Dr Faustus

    And I think Cosgrove would neatly send him packing and tell him to “try one more time”, which would mean he would be a goner.
    Cosgrove is too savvy to be part of that sort of desperation.

    Cosgrove is certainly the chap one needs at a time like this.

    However, if he sent Wentworth packing to give it another go, he would be forming a value judgement on the politics/utility of the NEG and sending a PM back to lose his job, certainly increase instability and likely see an even uglier form of dissolution.

    I imagine he is hoping Turnbull dies of apoplexy.

  48. Rob MW

    Albanese once said (something like) that he loves fighting Tories. I had a giggle then on the thought that he must have won a shit load of bouts shadow boxing.

    Finding a Tory in Australia is like fossicking for rocking horse shit !

  49. Tintarella di Luna

    Marcus thank you for this comprehensive and informative post.

    And Cassie thank you for your contribution, you have seen the Emir and Sheikha of Wentworth up close and personal.

    The Turnbull Treason Team is the Talentless led by the Incompetent lest any talent highlight the incompetence.
    Giving portfolios to the wymmmmin based purely on their anatomy — gee that’s worked out well – Michaelia ‘Comical‘ Cash – her office is now under investigation by the Federal Police, Marise Payne, the unmissable butt invisible Minister for Pink-Polished Pinkies, Kelly ‘SuperRaider” O’Dwyer fulsomely loathed by all, and of course the Performing Stick (aka Blinged Tomato Stake) Foreign Minister giving $90million of our borrowed funds to the Global Clinton Education Scam.

    Women have certainly added the je ne sais quoi? to the Turnbull Treason Team.

  50. H B Bear

    If you want to fight Tories in Australia you join the Waffleworth Coalition Team.

    Better hurry though, time is running out,

  51. Leigh Lowe

    Giving portfolios to the wymmmmin based purely on their anatomy — gee that’s worked out well – 

    Cash, Payne, O’Dwyer and Bishop?
    You forgot Pyne.
    When Bishop stands next to Payne they are a perfect 10.

  52. billie

    unmissable butt invisible Minister

    I see what you did there Tintarella di Luna, love your work

  53. Tintarella di Luna

    Cash, Payne, O’Dwyer and Bishop?
    You forgot Pyne.
    When Bishop stands next to Payne they are a perfect 10.

    I forgot Pyne because he’s so easily overlooked – ’tis he of little stature

  54. Tintarella di Luna

    unmissable butt invisible Minister

    I see what you did there Tintarella di Luna, love your work

    Minister of Defence down to a ‘t’

  55. Crossie

    However, if he sent Wentworth packing to give it another go, he would be forming a value judgement on the politics/utility of the NEG and sending a PM back to lose his job, certainly increase instability and likely see an even uglier form of dissolution.

    I imagine he is hoping Turnbull dies of apoplexy.

    Cosgrove can’t win in such a hypothetical situation. If he accedes to Turnbull he would be hated by the rest of us and if he sends him back he will be attacked by Labor as another Kerr.

  56. Slayer of Memes

    Potentual Greatness….

    Are we there yet??

  57. P

    The smartest man in the room
    has run out of rooms

  58. Slayer of Memes

    Smartest man in the room

    …provided that the room is labelled ‘WC’ on the architect’s plans….

  59. H B Bear

    Potentual Greatness….
    Are we there yet??

    Getting close.

  60. Senile Old Guy

    Turdbull has NEVER gotten anywhere on his own back.

    The defining characteristic of Lord Waffle that he has accomplished nothing.

  61. Habib

    He really has been abysMAL, hasn’t he? But what’s it say about the viruses that elevated him, and did nothing to reign in his statist imbecility? It’s not just him, it’s pretty much the whole putrid infection, and it needs excision, not just antibiotics. This flatulent fop has probably pushed Fraser and even Whitlam down a slot or two in the worst ever rankings, he makes Billy McMahon look Churchillian in comparison.

    What sort of cretin ever entertained the fantasy of adequacy about this deeply flawed, not-too-bright, incontinent, sociopathic midget? His usurping of the republical movement was one of the factors that turned me away from leftism forever. That and no longer drinking window cleaner.

  62. Speedbox

    Very entertaining to read marcus. Good work.

  63. Neil

    The strange thing is that the economy is doing OK. Unemployment is low. My Super fund is going gangbusters. But the Coalition appear to be doing a good impression of a train wreck. Is it just the bad polls which is causing all this or something else?

  64. harrys on the boat

    Remember Sinclair’s shameless op-eds fellating Chairman Maol, when he challenged Abbott? Another example of the rampant decline of tertiary education.

    Whose close to winning Philippa’s MalLotto, btw?

  65. Philippa Martyr

    Marcus. So far he’s the closest contender if Mal goes down.

    Julie Bishop ALMOST redeemed herself this morning by dropping one on Karl Stefanovic.

    But not quite. Too little, too late.

  66. Tintarella di Luna

    Is it just the bad polls which is causing all this or something else?

    It is the bad polls and the something else is Malcolm Turnbull and the Turnbull Treason Team – self-serving parasites who’ve gone into politics for themselves or their party and the perks that come with being an MP, they NOT gone into parliament for the good of their constituents or for the good of Australia.

  67. Tintarella di Luna

    Whose close to winning Philippa’s MalLotto, btw?

    . It just happens to be the write of this fine post — Marcus

  68. Philippa Martyr

    Quick reminder of the Malotto stakes:

    18-Aug-18 Marcus
    18-May-19 Slayer of Memes
    23-Jun-19 Andrew
    1-Nov-19 thefrolickingmole
    2-Nov-19 Bruce of Newcastle
    Infinity Tel (hors de combat; honorary inclusion only)

  69. Philippa Martyr

    Potentual Greatness….
    Are we there yet??

    Getting close.

    That ship has sailed.

    And hit an iceberg.

    And caught fire.

    The band is now playing ‘Nearer My God to Thee’.

  70. Confused Old Misfit

    The strange thing is that the economy is doing OK. Unemployment is low. My Super fund is going gangbusters.

    Thank Donald J. Trump.
    Then consider how much better things could be if Australia had anything like a competent , truly conservative government.

  71. struth

    The strange thing is that the economy is doing OK. Unemployment is low. My Super fund is going gangbusters. But the Coalition appear to be doing a good impression of a train wreck. Is it just the bad polls which is causing all this or something else?

    A socialist economy existing on borrowing is “doing well”.
    FMD.

  72. Elle

    Well said, Cassie! You go girl!

  73. Cassie of Sydney

    “Giving portfolios to the wymmmmin based purely on their anatomy — gee that’s worked out well – Michaelia ‘Comical‘ Cash – her office is now under investigation by the Federal Police, Marise Payne, the unmissable butt invisible Minister for Pink-Polished Pinkies, Kelly ‘SuperRaider” O’Dwyer fulsomely loathed by all, and of course the Performing Stick (aka Blinged Tomato Stake) Foreign Minister giving $90million of our borrowed funds to the Global Clinton Education Scam.

    Women have certainly added the je ne sais quoi? to the Turnbull Treason Team.”

    Tintarella….Love you! Love your descriptions!

  74. Philippa Martyr

    There’s nine months between Marcus and Slayer of Memes’ bids. I am prepared to call it for Marcus if Mal can hang on for up to half of that time.

    But Turnbull hangs on past mid-January 2019, that would tip the balance in favour of Slayer of Memes.

    Now, to the vexed question: what if there’s an election? Who wins Malotto then?

    I think that if the election date falls before mid-January 2019, and Mal goes down, then we call it for Marcus.

  75. Tel

    Now, to the vexed question: what if there’s an election? Who wins Malotto then?

    I would say that if Mal loses, then the official “last day” should be when Parliament flips into caretaker mode.

    Of course, you guys are still adjusting to Mal being there from now to INFINITY and I can understand why denial is a strategy that works for the short term. Never mind, there will be time enough to get used to it.

  76. John Constantine

    Their Ying-Yen ‘penny’ Wong, their plibblefilth, their hanson-young, their… I was going to list the horde of vengeance crazed wymynsys activists that are within a sniff of being able to borrow a trillion to burn old Australia to the ground and build a godless commo gulag in its place.

    About fifty merkels worth of hatred to make up the wymynsys quota of their shorten looting and vengeance cartel.

    Makes the defence minister look like small fry, doesn’t it?.

  77. H B Bear

    $50bn here, $50bn there. Soon you are talking real money.

  78. Tintarella di Luna

    Makes the defence minister look like small fry, doesn’t it?.

    You may be right there John Constantine butt, and that’s a big butt, only just

  79. Speedbox

    Time will tell, but I can’t shake the feeling that Malturd will, if rolled, immediately resign from the Parliament thereby causing a by-election which the Libs are not guaranteed to win (leading to a minority Government).

    I just can’t see him sitting on the backbench with his hugely bruised ego.

    No matter what happens, this event and the issues leading up to it will remain etched in our history as yet another stark demonstration of the contempt with which the elected officials view their electors and this country.

    And what’s next? Prime Minister William Richard Shorten.

    God help us.

  80. jupes

    Superb article marcus and fantastic rant Cassie.

    Good times.

  81. jupes

    It’s not very often there is anything interesting let alone gratifying in Australian politics these days, however the last couple of days have been gold.

  82. egg_

    It is the bad polls and the something else

    Horrendous power bills.
    Industry already performing self rationing of Power.
    Say no more.

  83. egg_

    Makes the defence minister look like small fry, doesn’t it?.

    Don’t let fishwives near the levers.

  84. PB

    Where’s Frydenberg in all of this? Seems to have been conveniently cropped out of the picture all of a sudden. Placed on ice as a compromise Globalist candidate?

  85. Kneel

    The smartest man in the roomtelephone booth

    FIFY

  86. cuckoo

    Yes Billie, I do feel strongly about this as well as other things. Some Cats know me personally and they can attest to the fact that I am NOT a shrinking violet.

    I never would have guessed. Great summing up Cassie.

  87. Tim Neilson

    Smartest man in the room

    …provided that the room is labelled ‘WC’ on the architect’s plans….

    Even then there might be something floating in the bowl which had more credibility as a potential leader.

  88. H B Bear

    Where’s Frydenberg in all of this?

    Fraudenberg is probably just watching his career circling the bowl before disappearing around the S bend.

    A more interesting question is what does the next PM do with all this dripping wet Waffleworth dross for six months before they are all thrown out of government?

  89. Rob MW

    Quick reminder of the Malotto stakes:

    18-Aug-18 Marcus
    18-May-19 Slayer of Memes
    23-Jun-19 Andrew
    1-Nov-19 thefrolickingmole
    2-Nov-19 Bruce of Newcastle
    Infinity Tel (hors de combat; honorary inclusion only)

    25 – Dec – 18 Rob MW – Dec 24 Mal gets 2 hemorrhoids pulled causing Bishop & Morro to fail due to a lack of blood then the following day Mal resigns because nobody gave him a holy cushion to sit on.

    Oh well, one can only wish for the best !

  90. Slayer of Memes

    Philippa Martyr

    #2796012, posted on August 22, 2018 at 11:33 am

    There’s nine months between Marcus and Slayer of Memes’ bids. I am prepared to call it for Marcus if Mal can hang on for up to half of that time.

    But Turnbull hangs on past mid-January 2019, that would tip the balance in favour of Slayer of Memes.

    Now, to the vexed question: what if there’s an election? Who wins Malotto then?

    I think that if the election date falls before mid-January 2019, and Mal goes down, then we call it for Marcus.

    Never would I have thought it possible, but Philippa actually has me barracking FOR Malcontent Termite to hang on…

    Go Mal, you narcissistic waffling bastard, its only a few more months! You can do it!!

  91. destroyer D69

    There is no reason to wait for Turnbull to force power companies to lower prices. One two minute phone call will get you 20% reduction in supply AND usage charges NOW….. Worked for me and it was OFFERED by the company.

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