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Turnbull doesn’t hold back on blasting coup ministers

Turnbull doesn't hold back on blasting coup ministers

Malcolm Turnbull has dumped on his cupboard colleagues for “blowing up the government” in a take-no-prisoners look on the ABC’s Q&A program.

In his first main post-coup interview, he additionally dished the dust on media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who he insisted had stated “Malcolm’s got to go”.

Laying the blame for the coup with the cupboard ministers who abandoned him, he took simply 10 seconds earlier than he named names – blaming Peter Dutton, Mathias Cormann, Mitch Fifield, Michaelia Money, Greg Hunt, Steve Ciobo, Michael Keenan, Angus Taylor and former prime minister Tony Abbott. 

Mr Turnbull additionally dealt with questions on Nauru, the US midterm outcomes and the remedy of girls in politics. Photograph: Q&A/ABC TV

Problem to the plotters to elucidate 

Mr Turnbull challenged the plotters – together with Finance Minister Matthias Cormann – to elucidate why they did it, laying the blame of any future election loss on their heads. 

“They have to answer that question. I can’t answer it. From my own point of view, I described it at the time as madness,” Mr Turnbull stated.

“They have to explain why they did it and none of them have.”

Liberal polling had him on monitor to win the subsequent election 

Mr Turnbull claimed the celebration room knew about inner polling suggesting the Turnbull authorities might win the subsequent election and was forward in key marginals. 

“In our own poll we were 52-48 ahead,” he stated. “So there’s no question the government was doing well. We were thoroughly competitive. And we were in a position where we had every chance, every prospect, of being able to win the election.

“We typically poll 40 marginal seats – the government’s 20 most marginal seats and the Opposition’s 20 most marginal seats [because that’s where the elections are decided]. So the seats you need to hold and the seats you want to win, basically. So, in our own polling, we were … in the August poll 52-48 ahead and doing well.”

What might Malcolm have accomplished to guard himself towards agitators corresponding to Dutton or Abbott? #QandA

— ABC Q&A (@QandA) November eight, 2018

Former prime minister is “not bitter”

Regardless of his assaults on former colleagues, Mr Turnbull insisted he was not “miserable, bitter or resentful”.

“I’m joyful that I had the opportunity to take on that role and do as much as I did in the time that I had,” Turnbull says, noting same-sex marriage was one among his prime reforms.

Requested if he was getting any suggestions from those that voted towards him that now regretted it, he replied, “Ahh… Well, I couldn’t possibly comment.

“Look, the reality is … people have got to be adults and be accountable, OK? And so, when you elect someone to be a member of parliament, you’re impose in them a very solemn and very sacred responsibility. And they have to stand up and be prepared to say why they do things, why they vote for things. And so, the people who chose to act in what I thought was … madness – a very self-destructive way, to blow up the government, to bring my prime ministership to an end – they need to really explain why they did it. And none of them have.”

Turnbull “shocked” by cupboard plotters

“No, I did not anticipate that people – particularly cabinet ministers – would act so self-destructively,” Mr Turnbull stated. 

“In the great race of life, always back self-interest because you always know it’s trying. 

“The insurgency that occurred in the last part of August – it was so obvious that it was going to be destructive, it was so obvious that there was not going to be any upside to it – and of course that’s what’s turned out. It really never occurred to me that senior members of the government – particularly people with such solemn responsibilities – you know, Peter Dutton’s the Home Affairs Minister, responsible for Australia’s national security.”

Rise of the Independents 

Mr Turnbull stated it was vital that feminine independents had now taken three of the seats beforehand considered the most secure Liberal seats within the nation. 

“There are three really safe – formerly really safe – Liberal seats: Mayo in South Australia, Indi in Victoria, Wentworth now in New South Wales – my old seat. All in very different areas but, forever, have been safe, conservative seats, safe Liberal seats,” he stated.

“They are now occupied by three Independents who are all women, who are all small-L liberals, and all of whom, in one way or another, have been involved in the Liberal Party in the past, either as being members of the Liberal Party or as having worked for Liberal Party members – and sometimes both. So what that’s telling you is that the voters are – through voting for these Independents – saying, “We are concerned that the Liberal Party is not speaking for small-L liberal values, for genuinely liberal values, and therefore we take the matter in our own hands and we put in a liberal Independent.” 

Has the affect of media commentators shaken Malcolm Turnbull’s religion in conventional types of media? #QandA

— ABC Q&A (@QandA) November eight, 2018

Rupert Murdoch 

Mr Turnbull additionally confirmed he complained on to Information Corp founder Rupert Murdoch a number of days earlier than the coup about Information Corp protection.

“Yes, I did. Yep, I spoke to Rupert, and I’ve spoken to him and to his son Lachlan,” Mr Turnbull stated. 

“He said it was really Lachlan’s responsibility, but he’s always said words to that effect in recent years. I’m not suggesting that isn’t right. But the point that I made to him – and to others in News Limited – is that this sort of relentless campaign against me, which was very personal and didn’t seem to have any rationale in terms of policy.”

“He’d never conceded the point, but the point I always made was – the only beneficiary from this will be Bill Shorten. And Bill Shorten wants to increase taxes, he wants to increase union power. He will reduce investment. And he will put our economic growth and the jobs growth that we’ve enjoyed at risk. And so the only beneficiary of this coup – you may think Scott Morrison is a beneficiary of it for a while – but the only beneficiary of this coup, unless there’s a real turnaround … is going to be Bill Shorten. 

“And Kerry Stokes, he’s given an account of this conversation to many people. He said to Rupert, “That’s crazy. Malcolm’s doing well in the polls. He’s way ahead of Bill Shorten. Why would you want Bill Shorten to be prime minister?” To which, in line with Kerry, Rupert stated, “Oh, well, three years of Labor wouldn’t be so bad.” I can’t work that out. I can’t clarify that.”

Blokey tradition 

Mr Turnbull stated the political tradition in parliament shouldn’t be sufficiently respectful of girls. 

“It is – as someone who came into parliament from the corporate sector – I’d say it is decades out of date. It is like stepping into a business, an office, in the ’80s. It is very, very blokey and there is insufficient respect for women, in my judgement,” he stated. 

Bonking ban

He additionally confused that his successor was an enormous supporter of his bonking ban introduced into impact after Barnaby Joyce shaped a relationship with a staffer.

“Really, you’d think it would be pretty obvious. But what I set out to do was to ensure that parliament, as a workplace, was respecting women in the way that a modern workplace is expected to do. And I think there’s still work to do, but I think that … Scott Morrison absolutely shares my values on this.”

Coup tradition 

Mr Turnbull was then requested by Jason Potter, “G’day, Malcolm. Considering your involvement in every leadership ballot in the Liberal Party since the Howard government – including two challenges to sitting leaders – do you believe the outcome of your leadership and time as prime minister was fair and just?

“Well, I think the move to remove me in August was crazy. I think it was self-destructive. No one’s explained it. It was pointless. And nobody’s actually set out what the reason was for it,’” Mr Turnbull replied.

“I mean, Scott Morrison can’t explain it. He’s the new prime minister. I’m the outgoing prime minister. I can’t explain it. And the people that were responsible choose not to do so. So, you know, there’s some issues there. But in terms of what the question is – as you measure your own performance as prime minister, you’ve got to ask yourself, “What did I do in the time that I had?”

The Muppets 

“To draw to you Scott Morrison’s remarks about the Australian parliament resembling a Muppet Show at the time of you being deposed – if we were to talk about Barnaby being in the cast, would he be Gonzo or Beaker?” Mr Turnbull was then requested. 

“Look, I’m sure Scott regrets that analogy,” Mr Turnbull stated. 

Might Barnaby Joyce come back as Deputy PM or is he a legal responsibility to himself and the coalition authorities? #QandA

— ABC Q&A (@QandA) November eight, 2018

Barnaby Joyce

Mr Turnbull declined to say whether or not Mr Joyce ought to lead the Nationwide Social gathering once more. 

“Well, it’s a matter for the National Party to choose their own leader. And in the coalition – if we’re in government, the leader of the National Party is the Deputy Prime Minister. So if you’re asking me the question were Barnaby to be re-elected leader of the National Party, would he become Deputy Prime Minister? The answer is yes. As to whether he would ever be re-elected leader of the National Party, that’s a matter for the Nationals. 

“But coming to the point you made about Wentworth – in a hard-fought by-election in which the government was arguing that you should vote for the Liberal Party to ensure the maintenance of stability and climate change was a key issue, I’d have to say that, in the last week, Barnaby – foreshadowing his own leadership challenge to Michael McCormack and calling for Snowy Hydro 2.0 to be abandoned and replaced by a coal-fired power station – was hardly calculated.

Wentworth by-election 

“My judgement was that given the circumstances, were I to be campaigning in or be particularly visible in any way in the Wentworth by-election, it would be unhelpful to David Sharma’s prospects. It also, frankly, would not have been very helpful for me maintaining my own, ah, peace of mind, after an event like this. It’s very important to look after yourself and your family, and it was good and timely for us to step aside and step back at that time. 

“My judgement is that Dave Sharma would have won the election – with a reduced majority, obviously, quite substantially reduced – had it been held on the Saturday before, on the 13th rather than the 20th. I believe the by-election was lost in the last week. It was a pretty messy week for the government, with announcements and, you know, the vote on the ‘It’s OK To Be White’ Pauline Hanson resolution in the Senate.”

Why didn’t Malcolm Turnbull to point out help for fellow Liberal David Sharma within the Wentworth by-election? #QandA

— ABC Q&A (@QandA) November eight, 2018

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated earlier on Thursday he can be travelling 35,000 ft within the air in the course of the ABC’s broadcast.

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