Herein lies the problem

Sinclair posted earlier this week about yet another poor decision by former PM Tony Abbott:

I would return to parliament if the Liberals asked me, says Tony Abbott.

Unfortunately TAFKAS arrived late to the party and did not get into the commentary until too late.  From some of the later comments made were some references to Abbott’s Chief of Staff, Peta Credlin.  Including this one:

Turnbull was only able to roll him because Mr Abbott and his COS failed at the front end basics.

Herein lies the problem, in 3 letters – COS.

Last TAFKAS checked, the COS to the PM is not an elected position.  It exists to permit the PM to be as effective as possible.

The very fact that everyone knows her name tells much about how PM Abbott steered his ship, and why his ship crashed into the rocks.

Can anyone name the COS of other PMs? Other than of course Arfa da Staffer, who actually got himself elected (sort of).  Who is PM Morrison’s COS?  Who was Turnbull’s?  More important, who cares?

Abbott failed as PM because he had terrible judgement.  Such poor judgement as evidenced by his offer to return to Parliament if the Liberals asked him.  Perhaps he should consult his constituents about a return to Parliament because the Liberals can only get him as far as a candidate for Parliament.

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64 Responses to Herein lies the problem

  1. stackja

    TA ‘terrible judgment, stopped the boats, repealed RGR ‘carbon tax’.
    TA didn’t judge MT to be what he was.
    Others judged MT as good.

  2. stackja

    As I remember, Gough created COS.
    Gough legacy continues.

  3. stackja

    ALP under Gough destroyed the old public service.
    Gough brought in political operatives.
    COS of today is the result.

  4. Tim Neilson

    The very fact that everyone knows her name tells much about how PM Abbott steered his ship, and why his ship crashed into the rocks.

    I don’t think it was Abbott, Credlin or any other Abbott supporter who gave Credlin a big profile.

    It was the media spreading vile innuendo about the two of them, and leakers spreading stories about Credlin’s alleged deficiencies (which the media then hyped).

    I say “alleged” because I really don’t know whether Credlin was some sort of psychopath or whether she deserves an Order of Australia for keeping the Mick Trumble supporting, drippingly wet clown show “moderate” faction under even the minimal degree of control that was imposed on them.

  5. stackja

    Why is COS just now a ‘problem’?
    Just another ‘get’ TA?

  6. Karabar

    Way back in 2015there were terrible things attributed to Peta Credlin, and she was maligned inside the party by the black hand traitors, as well as attacked by the media.
    In the meantime, I believe that Peta Credlin has displayed an astuteness and political savvy that only a very few in Canberra could hold a candle to.
    Perhaps the real problem is that she is just too damned good, tempting Tony to delegate too much to his Chief of Staff.
    Nevertheless, it was IMHO not the fault of Tony or Peta or Brian Loughnane, but the relentless push from the Australian Deep State; the jezebel Bishop in particular, the treacherous Turncoat, and the sleaze of such characters as Pyne.

  7. stackja

    TM – Yes how many MT ‘leaks’ were behind MSM get TA and Peta?

  8. stackja

    Karabar – MT legacy lives on.

  9. jupes

    Turnbull’s COS was Martin Parkinson.

    A greater fuckwit is yet to be seen.

  10. Tim Neilson

    TM – Yes how many MT ‘leaks’ were behind MSM get TA and Peta?

    Mick Trumble might still be PM * if he had attacked Labor/Greens with one tenth of the intensity of his attacks on Abbott.

    (* which would be a disaster for Australia, but staying PM seemed to be Trumble’s objective.)

  11. max

    spineless politicians and universal suffrage go hand in hand

  12. max

    H. L. Mencken

    “Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”

  13. To my mind, Sinclair’s original article and TAFKAS’s follow-up comments are lacking — yes, lacking perspective, because both failed to publish the complete quote from TA, which was …
    =================
    “If the Liberal Party ever wanted me to do that, I would be more than happy to consider it, but I find it difficult to imagine the circumstances that they would want me,” he said.
    “I’m not ruling it out but I’m not expecting it to happen.”
    =================
    When confronted with the inevitable question about his future what would you expect TA to say?
    I believe his complete response was appropriate.

  14. Clam Chowdah

    Can anyone name the COS of other PMs?

    There was a time when everyone could name Howard’s COS. Turned out to be a slimy shit senator.

    Anyway so you’re premise is wrong.

  15. Mique

    Peter Credlin, unelected or not, was clearly the only adult in Tony Abbott’s inner circle capable of dealing with the despicable vipers he was surrounded by. Blaming her or Abbott himself for his problems let’s the real villains off the hook. If the ALP/Green monster were not orders of magnitude worse, the Libs should be unelectable.

  16. Re – “another poor decision by former PM Tony Abbott”

    I think he let thru the decision driven by Robb (& of course NT pollies) and kept very quiet –
    to lease Darwin Port to the Chinese.

    A bad mark IMHO.

  17. Mother Lode

    Thanks for that, Frank.

    I assumed there was more context to the quote, but seeing what that was the ostentatious umbrage is verging on dishonesty.

  18. miltonf

    The putsch by the political-media class against TA is very similar to what was done to Nixon and what they are trying to do to the current POTUS.

  19. Carbon Emitter

    Frank Brookes – thank you for the complete quote. I guess we should know better then to accept on face value any thing said by the love sick Turnbull fan club.

  20. Rohan

    The trouble with Credlin is that she’s more of an alpha than the soft-marxist sycophants that TA had to deal with in his party. This is why she was and is despised.

    This was evident on the election night (2016?) when she was sitting next to Brandis on the ABC panel. She owned that piss weak clown on many occasions. You had to laugh when after destroying him on one point or another, she would pick up her phone to send a message while giving him a sideways glance which included a smirk. The bufoon couldn’t find any words in response so was doing a perfect goldfish imitation.

  21. Rohan

    Frank Brookes
    #3179346, posted on October 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm
    “If the Liberal Party ever wanted me to do that, I would be more than happy to consider it, but I find it difficult to imagine the circumstances that they would want me,” he said.
    “I’m not ruling it out but I’m not expecting it to happen.”
    =================
    When confronted with the inevitable question about his future what would you expect TA to say?
    I believe his complete response was appropriate.

    Ah so Sync and TAFKIS are the libertarian fake news. Edit out the prefacing component of TA’s response that perfectly frames the context of his response then watch the ensuing TADS. Got it.

  22. miltonf

    The really spooky thing about the ’13 election was how the media ignored that it was a landslide and just ran dead for a while. Then TA was given the treatment.

    the soft-marxist sycophants that TA had to deal with in his party sums up the modern LNP pretty well. Maybe Morro will surprise us. Hope so.

  23. Roger

    Tony Abbott verballed on the Cat…again.

    Why, some commenters get banned for less.

  24. Percy Popinjay

    “If the Liberal Party ever wanted me to do that, I would be more than happy to consider it, but I find it difficult to imagine the circumstances that they would want me,” he said.
    “I’m not ruling it out but I’m not expecting it to happen.”

    Thanks, Frank – a level of lying by omission (by a pair who shall remain nameless) worthy our beloved ALPBC.

  25. @Frank Brookes

    When confronted with the inevitable question about his future what would you expect TA to say?
    I believe his complete response was appropriate.

    How about responding with a plain, yet simple No.

  26. Crossie

    Nevertheless, it was IMHO not the fault of Tony or Peta or Brian Loughnane, but the relentless push from the Australian Deep State; the jezebel Bishop in particular, the treacherous Turncoat, and the sleaze of such characters as Pyne.

    In effect, let’s spread malicious gossip about our target and then blame her for being gossiped about. A neat trick.

  27. Roger

    How about responding with a plain, yet simple No.

    Quite obviously because his thoughts on the question couldn’t be comprehended with a “plain yet simple No.”

    And justice requires that you report his answer in full.

  28. Des Deskperson

    ‘Can anyone name the COS of other PMs? Other than of course Arfa da Staffer, who actually got himself elected (sort of). Who is PM Morrison’s COS? Who was Turnbull’s? More important, who cares?’

    Well, Peter Woolcott was Turnbull’s chief of Staff and he is now Australian Public Service Commissioner.

    Philip Gaetjens was Morrison’s COS when he was Treasurer. He now heads PM&C.

    This are just the ones I know off the top of my head. For ambitious public servants, it’s a key job to aim for.

    Having said that. there is something puzzling here. Ministerial Chiefs of Staff are normally employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) [MOPS} Act 1984 and their pay and conditions are set out in MOPS Act employees enterprise agreement. While the precise roles of Chiefs of Staff are not defined, the role of MOPS employees generally is to assist the Member – i.e. Minister – in carrying out his/her Parliamentary functions. Like all taxpayer-funded MOPS jobs, COS is a management and not a political role. Political advisers are supposed to be funded by the party.

    Now a Minister clearly needs a COS who understands and is responsive to the Minister’s agenda. But if Credlin was providing political advice while being paid by the taxpayer under the MOPS Act, then there’s prima facie a problem.

    Of course, the title COS may have been used very loosely indeed in Credlin’s case.

  29. Tim Neilson

    To my mind, Sinclair’s original article and TAFKAS’s follow-up comments are lacking — yes, lacking perspective, because both failed to publish the complete quote from TA, which was …
    =================
    “If the Liberal Party ever wanted me to do that, I would be more than happy to consider it, but I find it difficult to imagine the circumstances that they would want me,” he said.
    “I’m not ruling it out but I’m not expecting it to happen.”

    And only …When confronted with the inevitable question about his future

    Fucking hell Sinc, trolling your own blog is one thing, but you really sank to “respected journalist” level with this one.

  30. Brian

    Hand up all those who think the state of the country is better off than if Tony Abbott had remained the PM?
    I suspect we would be way better off.
    But who cares about outcomes when revenge is afoot.

  31. Mother Lode

    How about responding with a plain, yet simple No.

    Why should he? To make sure he isn’t verballed by people who are prepared to parse a little.

    Maybe his natural inclination is to be clear and honest. A simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ would not have been a truthful answer.

  32. Mother Lode

    but you really sank to “respected journalist” level with this one.

    Worthy of out ABC. Respected journalist level.

    I can count two people who are flirting with auto-moderation.

  33. tgs

    jupes
    #3179322, posted on October 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    Turnbull’s COS was Martin Parkinson.

    A greater fuckwit is yet to be seen.

    You’re confusing the role of Chief of Staff with Secretary of Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

    One is a political staffer, the other is a public servant.

  34. Brian

    That wasn’t very clear.
    I meant that Tony as PM would have had this country in better shape than it is now.

  35. StrayanDrongo

    Abbott wasn’t out there talking about her, it was his enemies in and out of the party that targeted her. She also came out when people said he had a women problem, to tell the truth that it was a lie. Malcolm hated her because she used to be his COS until Abbott won leadership. Surely you can see from her show that she is highly effective and was a benefit having her on his side. Now you go after him for not getting rid of her. FFS. You’re just another Abbott Abbott Abbott hater…

  36. Des Deskperson

    ‘You’re confusing the role of Chief of Staff with Secretary of Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.’

    Turnbull’s CoSs were:

    Andrew Clarke, former APS agency head, under Labor, September 2015 – April 2017

    Peter Woollcott, former diplomat, April 2017 – August 2018

    Clive Mathieson, former Oz editor and Deputy CoS. August 2018

    Neither Clarke or Woollcott appear to have had any overt Liberal connections. Woollcott’s dad is Richard Woollcott, Whitlam’s ambassador to Jakarta and a Labor mate and Woollcott himself was recalled form Rome so that Amanda Vansize could have the job Presumable they were chosen – as they should have been – for their organisational and liaison skills and their knowledge of the system of government.

  37. politichix

    What one-eyed, dishonest bullshit. Just like the other post….

  38. jupes

    You’re confusing the role of Chief of Staff with Secretary of Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

    One is a political staffer, the other is a public servant.

    Okay I stand corrected.

    Are they in the same chain of command and if so, who outranks who?

  39. I_am_not_a_robot

    … Can anyone name the COS of other PMs?

    There was Ainsley Gotto, John Gorton’s then 21 year-old ‘personal private secretary’ who similarly ‘got up the noses’ of colleagues and excited the much smaller Canberra ‘bubble’, but that was probably before TAFKAS’s time.

  40. Mique

    There are a lot of similarities between Peta Credlin’s situation and John Gorton’s Private Secretary, Ainsley Gotto’s – two exceptionally competent people in the margins of Parliamentary politics obviously earning and retaining the trust of their Prime Minister and earning the hatred of the out-classed political drones in their party. That they were both attractive women must have driven the mysognistic little piggies insane. It is an absolute atrocity the way both women were treated in the media.
    If it were possible to clone either of them they’d make far better Ministers than most elected men of either party.

  41. Des Deskperson

    ‘Are they in the same chain of command and if so, who outranks who?’

    Well, unlike the Departmental Secretary who has wide ranging and specific responsibilities under legislation for effectively managing a Department and advising and supporting the Minister, the Chief of Staff is, in theory at least, simply the person who manages the PM’s office. The job has no legal status, it’s not mentioned in any act and its specific duties are not prescribed. The Chief of Staff has no right to direct an APS employee and certainly not a Secretary.

    In practice, on the other hand, The CoS is the arm of the Minister. If he or she contacts the department asking for advice or information, then the APS employee has to assume that he or she is doing it on behalf of the Minister and respond, well, ‘responsively’. If the CoS or his/her people are a***oles, then these situations can become, as they say, fraught.

  42. Iampeter

    I don’t think this is at all the problem, TAFKAS.
    Abbott wasn’t turfed because anyone disagreed with his policies or because of who his chief of staff is. Nobody cares or knows anything about this stuff. THAT’s where the problem actually lies.
    We have politically illiterate politicians and commentators who have no clue what’s going on and so aren’t able to be held accountable or hold each other accountable. You’ll notice most policies between the major parties are almost the same. None of them have the faintest clue what a government should be doing or not.
    Since they have no actual politics to do, they spend their time playing their little game of thrones.

    Now it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. Abbott is gone and good riddance, but this endless leadership changeroo is just the new normal as political discourse continues to plummet.

  43. tgs

    jupes
    #3179534, posted on October 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Are they in the same chain of command and if so, who outranks who?

    Des Deskperson’s post is a great description.

  44. Seco

    It’s amazing that Abbott still lives in the heads of TAFKAS and Sinc.

    It really must grate that their preferred PM Turnbull was such a clusterfuck of a leader that all we got out him was Tim Wilson proposing to his bloke wife in parliament on National TV. Oh and his Black Hand whip boy was able to come out of the closet too.

  45. miltonf

    Be thankful for small mercies- pissy crime, the cadaver, trumble and laundry all gone.

  46. Clam Chowdah

    Turnbull really was shit. And the amazing thing is it was obvious from the beginning that he would be shit. He had no street smarts and only people without street smarts could have been stupid enough to think he was ever going to succeed.

  47. Miltonf

    His run as opposition leader after deposing Nelson was a pointer.

  48. Clam Chowdah

    If you ever backed Turnbull as a leader you’d need to now reassess your competency to drive a powered vehicle, make personal financial decisions or the wisdom of ever procreating.

  49. Tapdog

    Neither TAFKAS nor Sinclair have explained the depth of their enmity towards TA. A list of perceived failings merely begs the question. I’m shocked and disappointed in both of them for sullying the spirit of this blog.

  50. Real Deal

    It really must grate that their preferred PM Turnbull was such a clusterfuck of a leader that all we got out him was Tim Wilson proposing to his bloke wife in parliament on National TV. Oh and his Black Hand whip boy was able to come out of the closet too.

    Got it in one, Seco!

  51. Entropy

    Carbon Emitter
    #3179360, posted on October 9, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    Frank Brookes – thank you for the complete quote. I guess we should know better then to accept on face value any thing said by the love sick Turnbull fan club

    Abbott had his faults, and was a disappointment, but still orders of magnitude better than Turnbull and the juvenile “black hand” crew. It should be the mark of everlasting shame for any cats (or the doomlord hisself!) that they though he was “potentially great”.

  52. Entropy

    In my opinion, the real reason for the Abbott hate by TAFKAS and Sinc is that it is hard, very hard to admit, confess even, that Mick Trumble had them well and truly fooled.

  53. @Entropy and others …

    In my opinion, the real reason for the Abbott hate by TAFKAS and Sinc is that it is hard, very hard to admit, confess even, that Mick Trumble had them well and truly fooled.

    Cannot speak for Sinc, don’t know what he said or wrote, but TAFKAS would challenge any of you to find glowing words on Turnbull from TAFKAS.

    Abbott had his faults, and was a disappointment,

    Yes. Hell yes. And if he was not a such a disappointment, making error upon error upon error, Turbull would never have had a look in.

    .. but still orders of magnitude better than Turnbull and the juvenile “black hand” crew.

    True. Absolutely true. But see point prior.

    It should be the mark of everlasting shame for any cats (or the doomlord hisself!) that they though he was “potentially great”.

    As someone familiar with the works of Turnbull prior to his parliamentary career, rest assured that TAFKAS never thought Turnbull could be great, potentially or otherwise.

    Whilst not agreeing with his methods or rhetoric, TAFKAS is increasingly agreeing with the sentiments expressed by iampeter in that there are many people on this site who are not libertarian or even liberal (in a Lockean sense). Rather they are anti-Labor or anti-whatever. Not pro-freedom or pro-liberty or pro-small governmment.

    When the Abbott government did things right, TAFKAS applauded. When the Abbott government did things wrong, TAFKAS criticised. The problem was not that the Abbott Government did no good, on the contrary. The problem was that the wrongs significantly outweighed and out numbered the rights. And the biggest wrong was creating the conditions for Turnbull.

  54. Alessio

    Really? TAKFAS this is a TAKfarce on your part. Someone’s posited

    “To my mind, Sinclair’s original article and TAFKAS’s follow-up comments are lacking — yes, lacking perspective, because both failed to publish the complete quote from TA, which was …
    =================
    “If the Liberal Party ever wanted me to do that, I would be more than happy to consider it, but I find it difficult to imagine the circumstances that they would want me,” he said.
    “I’m not ruling it out but I’m not expecting it to happen.”
    =================
    When confronted with the inevitable question about his future what would you expect TA to say?
    I believe his complete response was appropriate.

    Very disappointed in you TAKFAS, behaving like a politician only promoting the part you want rather than the complete, true story. Your credibility has gone down to near the level of a Labor funds collector.

  55. @Alessio

    TAFAS responded to Frank yesterday.

    How about responding with a plain, yet simple No.

    The inclusion of the “full” Abbott quote makes no difference to the folly of Abbott’s reply.

    Do you think John Howard would have responded such? How about Costello? How about Brendan Nelson?

    No doubt Turnbull would have responded similarly to Abbott – but that is the point.

  56. Real Deal

    Always be wary of someone who speaks in the third person, even using a pseudonym. Why can’t you just use the personal pronoun? It makes you sound like Elmo, TAFKAS.

  57. Tim Neilson

    How about responding with a plain, yet simple No.

    Because:
    (a) presumably it wouldn’t have been totally honest (since it is different to what he said);
    (b) it would have been placarded by ABC/Fairfax as a rift in the Coalition – Abbott turning his back on ScoMo’s government, lots of innuendo about division, da eeeebil conservatives secretly being against ScoMo etc. etc.

    TAKFAS needs to understand that it doesn’t matter what a conservative says, ABC/Fairfax (and most of the rest of the media) will do whatever’s necessary to use it as propaganda against da eeeebil conservatives.

  58. Tim Neilson

    Do you think John Howard would have responded such?

    Pretty much. Cf “break it down. That would be Lazarus with a triple bypass”. Not “no”.

    How about Costello?

    Pretty much.

    How about Brendan Nelson?

    What would we be expected to infer from that either way?

  59. old bloke

    “If the Liberal Party ever wanted me to do that, I would be more than happy to consider it, but I find it difficult to imagine the circumstances that they would want me,” he said.
    “I’m not ruling it out but I’m not expecting it to happen.”

    It’s never going to happen of course, not while the Photios gang run the Liberal Party.

    Abbott’s last act as PM was to order an audit of the Bureau of Meteorology, he was gone the next day and the first thing the new PM did was shut down the audit.

    Photios rules, the swamp is very deep.

  60. Tom Atkinson

    Abbott had his faults, and was a disappointment,

    Yes. Hell yes. And if he was not a such a disappointment, making error upon error upon error, Turbull would never have had a look in.

    “Error upon error upon error”? What, like eating an onion on live TV, winking while on radio, looking at his watch during Question Time and being misogynist?

  61. Iampeter

    Do you think John Howard would have responded such? How about Costello? How about Brendan Nelson?

    I don’t understand. How would Howard or Costello have responded?
    Also, just to clarify: are you saying you support Howard and Costello but oppose Abbott?

  62. Faye

    Tony Abbott scared the living daylights out of the Opposition and the Black Hand Progressive Lefties. He was too good. So knives, scissors, daggers and spit were used to get rid of him.
    He should have been left at least to finish his FIRST TERM as Prime Minister. He certainly did not deserve that especially when he was about to win the Canning by-election the following Saturday. That big headed no nous excuse of a leader who thought he was better than everybody else, should never have been given the okay by the movers and shakers of the Liberal Party to assassinate Tony Abbott.
    In Tony’s forced truncated term of two years, he had achieved huge advancements such as stopping the boats in four months, trade deals, small business investment tax help, Indonesian cattle, stopping carbon trading and the mining tax, cutting regulations, Defence White Paper and the White Paper on developing Northern Australia and getting the books in order which were full of mistakes – overall saving billions.
    Australia has lost any excitement and confidence to become great in the future. There is no BIG PICTURE PLAN for Australia.
    By the way, whatever did Abbott do to TAFKAS to make him so belligerent about Tony?

  63. metro 70

    The fact that Sinclair Davidson deliberately truncated Tony Abbott’s reply to a question to make it not ‘as spoken’ but to fit his own personal jaundiced view tells so much about the really awful personal venom he brings to his ‘analysis’…completely devaluing it.
    Abbott didn’t surrender on 18C.
    With judgment infinitely better than that of Sinclair Davidson and Andrew Bolt et al…with the Jewish lobby and the Muslim leadership and the whole LW MSM baying for blood and threatening to leave Australians exposed to the horrors of terrorism…Abbott put the safety of Australians first ..as only he does in this country…in opting to do what he had to do to get anti-terrorist legislation passed.
    Of course he wanted to repeal 18C….but it was made impossible at that stage,,,with too many media pundits polishing their own images instead of focussing on the interests of Australia.
    Has any leader repealed or changed 18C since…did Turnbull…did Morrison…and have Sinclair Davidson et al been hounding them to do it?
    Not a word to them from the hounds that tore TA apart.
    How would it be now if TA had in fact done it….in the light of the NZ massacre??
    Of course Tony Abbott would have been pilloried and demonised for it around that world.
    The ALL-LEFT MSM ‘journalists’ have the overarching power in this country and they were never going to let a conservative leader change 18C ..or do much else.
    Sinclair Davidson’s takedown of Abbott and this one of yours TAFKAS…just show how blinkered and barking mad really smart people can be.
    To blame TA himself for the coup mounted by Turnbull/ Morrison et al with the intention of forcing Australia to obey the diktat of foreign despots at the UN ….is perversity bordering on pathological.
    For heaven’s sake …on the eve of the 2013 election there were posters on display in Wentworth that said Turnbull for PM or similar…a stupid photo of Turnbull in US Newsweek pitching him as the future Australian PM…while his ruthless feckless journalist groupies were ratcheting up the feeding frenzy and vulture watch here…that they’d been building towards from election day…and Turnbull delivered HIS foreign policy alternatives to government policy in California…as Turnbull proxies Sinodinos and other plotters prepared the bogus ‘empty chair’ pantomime .
    If people like you and Sinclair Davidson who apparently think it was right to veto the democratic vote of the Australian people to mount a coup to take down a new PM…democratically-elected in a landslide…a PM who’d achieved more in the tiny snatch of time the WET LEFT gave him before topping him…to replace him with the one who would kow tow to foreign despots and dictators at the UN…if you think that right…then to be consistent your voodoo thesis must be that Australian elections mean zilch …that there should be no chance to govern for ANY AUSTRALIAN PM without threat of a coup…no matter how massive his election win….a recipe for existential chaos.
    On all important matters…excluding the nonsense and idiocy you probably find most compelling…Tony Abbott has shown infinitely better judgment …as PM and since…than any other leader on the world stage…that fact recognised in Europe but sneered at by pygmies here.
    Tony Abbott’s tiny 15 months of opportunity to do policy….his success with stopping the boats and securing the borders…repealing the carbon tax…making the second Sydney airport decision…the three huge FTAs…cutting of red/green tape…anti-terrorism laws….unprecedented assistance to small business etc ….his huge body of achievement while being undermined constantly in cabinet …plus the massive seats buffer he won in 2013…is the ONLY reason the LNP is in government now.
    Without that massive seats buffer Turnbull would have lost miserably in 2016 and Shorten would now be in his second term …Australia even further down the path to oblivion as a 1st world nation…than Turnbull/Morrison’s ‘profound transition’ now has us.

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