Ah Turnbull, You’ve Done it Again

Only the politically inept would:

  • privately tell the Chinese that they’ll ratify the extradition treaty we have with them;
  • have four (i.e. the number of death in Chinese numerology) government ministers (including the Prime Minister) publicly declare that the treaty is good for Australia and ought to be ratified ASAP; and
  • back down within 24 hours when it becomes apparent that NOBODY will support ratification of the treaty – and cause the Chinese to lose more face than they otherwise would.

Yep, real smart.

For those not familiar with this story, Australia (under the Howard government) and China signed an extradition treaty in 2007. Since then, our Prime Ministers have politely stuck the treaty up on the fridge, with the possibility that it may some day go to the pool room. That is, unless and until the treaty is ratified by Parliament, it cannot practically come into force. For example, the Senate has the power to vote down the regulations necessary to give the treaty effect.

Many have pointed out that ratification of the treaty shouldn’t occur due to China’s 99.92% prosecution success rate. When combining this with the vastly differing conclusions the Australian and Chinese legal systems have as to what actions are considered criminal, it becomes clear that ratification is a big ask indeed.

To put Turnbull’s latest failed thought bubble in perspective, consider that even Rudd and Gillard – prime Chinese fawners (when Rudd’s not referring to their alleged carnal knowledge of rats) with some of the worst political judgment we have ever seen on the Australian political landscape – didn’t touch this one with a barge pole. As for why Turnbull and Bishop decided to go head first into this pile of political radioactive waste: your guess is as good as mine.

You really have to wonder what’s coming next…

Given this and Turnbull’s recent Snowy River plan to remove energy from our grid at an alleged cost of $2 billion (I say ‘alleged’ for the simple reason there’s no feasibility study in place), it’s time to update the list of Turnbull’s thought bubbles:

  • 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 2016Super 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.
  • 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.

  • March 2017 – Turnbull announces the Snowys – Mark II. Although no feasibility has been completed, a rigorous back on the napkin analysis has probably been done.
  • 28 March 2017 – Turnbull’s crack team announces that ratification of the China extradition treaty absolutely must happen, right now.
  • 29 March 2017 – faster than a rat, Turnbull jumps ship on the ratification plan.
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60 Responses to Ah Turnbull, You’ve Done it Again

  1. Pickles

    Turnbull’s crack team Is where this is all coming from. They’re either on it or in it, or more likely both.

  2. thefrolickingmole

    What a steaming pile of potential greatness.

  3. Nick

    It’s not just backing down, it’s sending Ministers out to defend it and then throwing them under a bus, AGAIN.
    China’s legal system is a travesty. This would have been a very poor decision indeed. Seriously, what do we stand for as a nation anymore ?

  4. Tintarella di Luna

    I think the Termite’s political judgement is worse than TLS’s by as much as here to the moon and back

  5. rickw

    The only explanation for this is that he’s actually as dumb as dog shit.

  6. Senile Old Guy

    Magoo would be better than Turnbull.

  7. Beachside

    Marcus, great post, excellent detail and summary. Thankyou!

    It’s obvious, Turnbull needs minders, all day – every day, every step of the way.

    The problem is, those minders appear to be no more qualified or savvy, than their ‘charge’.

    We’re sunk.

  8. Thanks for the reminders marcus. Sometimes I forget how bad Turnbull always has been whenever the latest idiocy is trotted out.
    I wonder if Savva keeps a similar log of her hero’s failures?

  9. teddy bear

    The most amazing thing about Turnbull is his turnaround time from announcement to full retreat and/or surrender.

    He will waffle on endlessly about something or other and make vague plans somehow managing to ignore or delude himself into thinking any and all opposition to his thought bubbles are just a few delcons but then the moment he fully commits to something, suddenly all those people who he dismissed/ignored have to be heeded and he retreats at full speed.

    It makes no sense really, even considering how bad his political judgment is how does he manage to turn around and run away so damn fast after committing to something. How does he even know to turn around and retreat in that time frame despite all the signs being there previously.

    Does he live solely in his own world and only come out just for announcements to see the glorious rapture from his beloved subjects at his proclamations? I think that is the only way this makes sense, because the moment he sees he is not getting the reaction he thinks he should be getting he runs away and retreats back into his little world where he is the greatest smartest PM ever.

  10. Titch

    You missed the backing down on control and overview of the millions of dollars allocated to the Australia Council. Allowed the yaarts mob to get their hands back on the distribution of the grants to their preferred mates. Also means they can continue to badmouth anything and everything the coalition does, while still happily dipping their spoons into the honeypot, assured it will continue as before.Total incompetence on behalf of the Turnbull government.

  11. Shy Ted

    Slow down with the thought bubbles, Malcolm. I’m still trying to push water uphill as a test for your Snowy hydro scheme. Not having much luck at this point.

  12. Megan

    I think the Termite’s political judgement is worse than TLS’s by as much as here to the moon and back

    You could safely go several galaxies beyond the moon. But then the Termite has always been, and I mean always and forever, thus.

  13. RobK

    Thanks Marcus,
    Quite a contrast to Trump.

  14. The most amazing thing about Turnbull is his turnaround time from announcement to full retreat and/or surrender.

    That’s the reason why I never took seriously the temporary 18c spine he grew from being at Leak’s service.

    Excellent post, Marcus.

  15. Jannie

    The Chinese must seriously dislike Turnbull. What about the NSW Power bid which the Chinese won, Turnbull overturned it after he had given assurances it would be ok.

    The Chinese must think investing in Australia involves the sovereign risk of dealing with the unpredictable government.

  16. Art Vandelay

    Don’t forget the Innovation Revolution. Apparently handing over $1 billion of taxpayers’ money to rent seekers and public servants was going to spark a new golden age of prosperity.

  17. H B Bear

    Oh dear that looks even worse when laid out like that. Waffleworth sees himself as some kind of Medici who deigns to leave his Point Piper mansion to enable the nation to share in his genius. He has no natural political instincts and has bought his two electoral victories – the Wentworth branch stack and the $1.75m he tipped in to try and cling to Abbott’s majority in 2016.

    The only question for Waffle Lotto is how long doomed backbenchers (and Ministers here in WA) wait before hitting the trapdoor lever. Anyone with a date 2 or 3 months after the Budget should be checking their tickets.

  18. rickw #2340937, posted at 1:55 pm, “The only explanation for this is that he’s actually as dumb as dog shit.”

    No rickw. There must surely be other possibilities.

    E.g., Son-in-law James Brown reportedly being groomed for Turncoat’s blue ribbon seat of Wentworth. told him it was a really good idea.

    Or maybe he is trying to convince voters/tax-payers that he can stand up to China after obeying the don’t buy Japanese SUBS edict.

    Or the poor chap could be in a dither after being told by Nik the Greek that he is screwing up far worse than Mr Abbott ever did?

    We mustn’t jump to conclusions rickw.


    Could be other reasons patriotic Cats can identify?

    .

  19. Shy Ted

    Off topic but you must see the Beyond Blue cartoon at Pickering Post.

  20. Siltstone

    rickw: The only explanation for this is that he’s actually as dumb as dog shit.
    Fact check:
    True

  21. jupes

    LOL great post marcus.

    Some of that was hilarious even if absolutely depressing at the same time.

    I still reckon TLS was more inept but I will no doubt change mind if Turnbull remains in place for much longer.

  22. Tim Neilson

    and the $1.75m he tipped in to try and cling to Abbott’s majority in 2016
    Don’t forget the $50 billion for subs to be delivered in 50 years’ time. By which time there certainly won’t have been sufficient advances in military technology to render them as useful as a three masted 100 muzzle loader carrying triple decker built of the finest oak.

  23. jupes

    The most amazing thing about Turnbull is his turnaround time from announcement to full retreat and/or surrender.

    The timing depends on how many potential rivals he can burn before the surrender.

    He may be utterly hopeless at policy but he’s rat-cunning protecting his own back.

  24. Mellen

    Now that you have listed (partially) his failed projects perhaps we can now list his successful projects thought bubbles or achievements.

  25. Boambee John

    The Snowy Mk 2 feasibility analysis wa done onnthe front of a drink coaster.

    There was no room on the back, which was covered with calculations about the NBN.

  26. Sparkx

    You start Mellen. (Good Luck!)

  27. Cradock's Choice

    Ah, Captain Clusterf**k. The dud’s dud. He who backstabbed a man who took 25 seats off Labor and turned it into a 1 seat majority. The man of a million words – when just two will do.

    Is there ANY gold he cannot turn to purest sh*t with just his touch?

  28. mizaris

    Now that you have listed (partially) his failed projects perhaps we can now list his successful projects thought bubbles or achievements.

    um……

  29. cuckoo

    The exact same people (Fairfax/ABC/Academics) who jump up and down like howler monkeys every time some Australian is facing a death penalty in Indonesia or wherever, or extradition to anywhere with the death penalty, are now the exact same people screeching abuse at anyone who stopped Turnbull ratifying the Chinese extradition treaty. No wonder I’m confused.

  30. Successful thought bubble – “I think I’ll announce a major change to income tax at Penrith Leagues club. Lots of sports reporters will deeply analyse my remarks favourably. I’ll add the fact that states could then lift their income tax just to scare the punters.”

  31. Mellen #2341039, said re Turnbull’s accomplishments, “Now that you have listed (partially) his failed projects perhaps we can now list his successful projects thought bubbles or achievements.”

    Hang on while I cut a cigarette paper in half.

    OK if I write with a felt wide nib pen?

  32. john constantine

    “Comrades” announced their Mouth of Stalin at their national press club this week, “Comrades, we are making lists of those we will reveal as guilty for corrupt crimes against the People”.

    Their trunfailure himself will slide away into a dreamy reverie where it is always selfie time with hussein obama, but the people of Australia that failed to comply totally with the progressive agenda of Stalin are in for a hard future.

    [the judgement revealed by trunfailure in trying to do a deal with hussein obama after Trump had already won the election, then expecting Trump to roll over and carry out the agenda of socialism, this judgement is right up there with boasting to their australian press that nobody on team turnbull knew anybody that knew Trumps telephone number, except for sloppyjoe who knew a golfer.]

  33. J.H.

    I am now convinced that Malcolm Turnbull was the Labor Party’s long term plan to destroy the Liberal coalition….. and it has worked spectacularly.

  34. Senile Old Guy

    I am now convinced that Malcolm Turnbull was the Labor Party’s long term plan to destroy the Liberal coalition….. and it has worked spectacularly.

    The most successful sleeper operation in history.

  35. Robber Baron

    Turnbull spent $1.75 million to acquire a significant part of the Liberal Party Pty Ltd. I’m sure he knows exactly what he was acquiring and paid the minimum required for a controlling interest. His acquisition cost (classified as a political donation/gift) is fully tax-deductible at his marginal tax rate. So we taxpayers subsidised Turnbull in his takeover.

    He owns the Turnbull Coalition Team so all he has to do to keep his job as CEO and Chairman of the Board to to destroy each rival. Despite a humiliating election result, diabolical political judgement, policy failures, low personal and party polls, he remains unchallenged in his position. How can that be? He’s the boss, it’s his party.

    He stacked his branch (used his money to buy shares until he had purchased a majority stake). He’s done the same with the federal party. When will people see it for what it is?

  36. Robbo

    Recipients of pensions from fully funded superannuation schemes are now to be taxed on payments that exceed $100,000 pa. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t it a Paul Keating initiative that removed tax on such pensions because fully funded super schemes had already paid the tax upfront and Keating therefore removed a tax on pensions that had already paid tax. Doubling the tax on any part of a pension is what somebody might expect from a Labor Government but this is an initiative of Turnbull and his lot. Having done that do they seriously expect that those affected by this tax grab will vote for them again? If they do then they have a very poor grasp of reality.

  37. Dr Faustus

    No list of Tumble’s accomplishments would be complete without the October 2015 15% GST Kite.

    Flown bravely by Morrison until he was finally thrown under the bus (along with the tragic Michaelia Cash) in February 2016.

  38. areff

    The only decent idea the creature has ever had would have seen the states given the right to compete on taxes. That lasted all of 48 hours. Prize schmuck.

  39. Beachside

    If nothing else, Malcolm knows how to carry a grudge and exact revenge. It’s what he does best, IMHO.

    He’s never forgiven the people of Australia for not voting for a republic in the 1999 referendum. He said that John Howard broke Australia’s heart, when in fact, it was Malcolm’s heart that was broken. His pride and ego took a hammering as well.

    He could not forgive Brendan Nelson for taking ‘his’ job as Opposition Leader in 2007, and worked diligently behind the scenes to hound Nelson out, and take his rightful (in his mind) position as leader of the party.

    His performance as Opposition Leader was abysmal, and especially wrong footed on climate and an emissions trading scheme that, being in direct conflict with coalition policy, ultimately led to the party’s rejection of him as leader in 2009, when Tony Abbott challenged and defeated him (by one vote?) for the party leadership.

    He could never forgive Tony Abbott for his ‘treachery’, and from that moment on, spent his entire waking (and sleeping?) hours consumed with revenge – which he exacted on September 15, 2015.

    The Australian people are now in the Turnbull ‘get-square’ firing line. He’s just getting warmed up.
    There’s more to come, if he stays.

  40. Infidel Tiger

    The only decent idea the creature has ever had would have seen the states given the right to compete on taxes. That lasted all of 48 hours. Prize schmuck.

    If memory serves he announced that policy at a photo op at a building site or a factory and no one else had a clue.

  41. Walter Plinge

    Beats me why the Chinese bother with courts and trials. Just declare everyone guilty, take them out and execute them on the spot.

  42. Rabz

    Yet another cavalcade of staggering incompetence brought to us by the latest version of the RGRA goat rodeo.

  43. Squirrel

    The recent speechifying words of fulsome praise for China were clearly written and delivered without much thought being given to all those former Coalition voters who now support One Nation, and those who may be contemplating doing likewise.

    As if that was not enough, now we have this – full steam ahead and damn the torpedoes!

    http://www.google.com.au/url?url=http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/treasury/free-investment-pass-for-foreign-state-firms/news-story/63fe6ce89b9e511e0e32e989d11c67c2&rct=j&frm=1&q=&esrc=s&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwiT_rThzP3SAhUJrlQKHfT6DjAQqQIIIjAC&usg=AFQjCNELDR5MfzDsAwo00r5g0Pr_hJ03mA

  44. marcus

    The state tax idea would have been great if he would have ditched the Commonwealth’s involvement as part of the plan. The idea that the Feds would collect, administer and then hand out income taxes to the States (creating 9 ‘linked’ income tax jurisdictions and administrations) was completely doomed from the beginning.

    A game of drunken pin the the tail on the donkey could have come up with a better tax policy than that.

  45. Tel

    Do you think Turnbull has been taking advice from Sam Dastyari?

    How to get caught out and backpedal like crazy. A great little monograph, should be on every shelf.

  46. Siltstone

    Robber Baron: 4:45: Turnbull spent $1.75 million to acquire a significant part of the Liberal Party Pty Ltd.
    Excellent analysis.

  47. egg_

    I think the Termite’s political judgement is worse than TLS’s by as much as here to the moon and back

    Rampant narcissism – are his ‘advisers’ simply yes men?

  48. Cui bono

    Thanks Marcus.
    That donkey of a state tax policy was the brain child of the lamentable Peter Hendy, the host of the bedwetters sleepover and probably the final Liberal member for Eden Monaro. Now Labor it will go National when the pendulum next swings right.
    One addition to your list should be Turnbull’s rushed approval of the Climate Change accord just whenTrump won. This idiocy will outweigh all the others combined in terms of economic vandalism.
    .

  49. Notafan

    I can’t help but recall his heavy lifting during the election campaign. 8 til lunchtime iirc.

    Still waiting for the pros.

  50. C EU Later

    Why would he ratify? He and Bishop have only 2.5 years left in Government office. Just refer to Senator Distari as to why one would support pro China policies.

  51. Cynic of Ayr

    Why is this moron still there?
    Are the Pollies so freakin stupid, that they think removing him will upset the voters more than if they let him stay? Are they really that batshit crazy?
    The voters are begging them to dump the stupid bastard. Savva’s moronic sucking up proves that little fact.

  52. Exit Stage Right

    [email protected].
    +1
    The alleged leader of the Australian peoples is a first class dill, lacking in ideas, innovation, agility and I am unable to see the Potential Greatness that has been mooted by others. I am longing for some sanity in the political scene, but wherever you look there is a sea of mediocrity. We deserve better value for our money.

  53. Wiley Coyote

    Sinc

    I have read through all the comments on this post and I didn’t see your usual defence of your man of potential greatness.Your Malcolm.

    I hope you are not losing faith.

  54. Dr Fred Lenin

    Causing the Chinese to lose face is a serious mistake ,in Chinese culture face is most important . Severe retribution is called for to regain face this is a strong thing amongst most Asians , trust that bloody genius ruddbull to stuff things up . How in the name of God this man ever became a barrister ,a merchant wanker ,an MP and PM is a complete mystery . Proves the lawtrade. merchant banking and politics are refuges for the useless incopetents universities churn out in droves

  55. King Koala

    If we don’t do everything China wants then they would refuse to buy up all our farm land….

  56. Entropy

    Cui bono
    #2341214, posted on March 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm
    Thanks Marcus.
    That donkey of a state tax policy was the brain child of the lamentable Peter Hendy, the host of the bedwetters sleepover and probably the final Liberal member for Eden Monaro. Now Labor it will go National when the pendulum next swings right.
    One addition to your list should be Turnbull’s rushed approval of the Climate Change accord just whenTrump won. This idiocy will outweigh all the others combined in terms of economic vandalism.
    .

    isn’t that snouter Hendy now rewarded by Turnbull with a $300k plus job in the PMO? No adviser, let alone a failed politician, should get to be so ear deep in the taxpayer trough. Scum the lott of them.

  57. Tel

    If we don’t do everything China wants then they would refuse to buy up all our farm land….

    But who would pay the hotel bills?

  58. Rohan

    Worst Liberal PM ever. And as he was so “best buddies” with Electricity Bill yesterday in Qld, I’d wager that he’s a Labor plant to destroy the LNP.

    Anyone who supports this soft-Green-Marxist prick is complicit in the unfolding political, social and economic disaster that will ensue. I’m joining Bernadi’s party over the weekend, the first political party I’ve ever joined. Hell, I’d even vote in Latham if he were up for the race.

  59. Econocrat

    Sadly, there is no sign of anyone cutting his corpse down anytime soon.

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