Last week, SMH Political and International Editor Peter Hartcher had a series run on the “demise” of the Turnbull administration. One particular chapter asked the question What was the point of the Turnbull government?
Good question Mr Hartcher. Good quesiton.
What was the point of Malcolm Turnbull? His government was not without achievements. But major reforms proved elusive. The point had become mere survival.
Turnbull’s enormous political capital was depleted pointlessly. The firebrand had become a fizzer.
The whole series reminded TAFKAS of another “great leader” of whom the same question (what was the point) could be asked, Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. The man who blamed the US people for an economic “malaise”.
Carter was succeeded by Ronald Reagan. Sadly for Australia, Scott Morrison is no Ronald Reagan, and nor is Bill Shorten.