Tuesday, November 7, 2017
If you are one of those folk who think that having put aside all the contentious issues of 2017: marriage equality, immigration, Manus and citizenship … that Malcolm Turnbull will triumphantly burst into 2018 without a worry in the world, then you are wrong.
He and his government are now perceived as having done enough damage and carry the residue of Abbott’s lying and negativity through to Turnbull’s incompetence and lack of achievement.
The residue of mediocrity will meander its way through the remainder of the year and take up residence in 2018. Not even a reshuffle will change its direction. Whilst I have written that Turnbull is finished, I concede that it may be a death by a thousand cuts. However, if his replacement is to have enough time to strike a chord with the electorate then action sooner rather than later is required.
But such is Turnbull’s public demeanour at the moment you would think he hasn’t a worry in the world. He has. The citizenship issue will linger on for some time yet, as will Energy Policy, but Marriage Equality will be resolved. However, if it is a close vote then the conservative backbench may not accept the decision of the people.
His leadership, by virtue of bad judgement and National Party dominance has further weakened an already damaged reputation. The fact that the President of the Senate, Stephen Parry told other ministers – but the information didn’t get to Turnbull – that his citizenship was in doubt is highly questionable. Late yesterday he was forced to concede that a form of individual proof was needed and he chose an honesty system overseen by the same people who oversea politician’s expenses. Good luck with that. But in doing so he might have inadvertently committed political suiscide. And now John Alexander, the Member for Bennelong has doubts about his citizenship, which may bring on a by-election.
Turnbull’s judgement throughout this crisis has been wrong all the way through. Some suggest that he is part of a cover-up or that a challenge is being organised behind his back.
There is no doubt that under Turnbull the relationship between conservatives and moderates has worsened to the point where a split in the Liberals is possible.
So the Government spin that with a clean deck after Christmas the Prime Minister would start to mend the party is simply not plausible. Residue means something that remains after a part is disposed of. This is my point. Even if the Prime Minister were able to dispose of all his problems, the stench of poor governance would remain in the form of a lasting residue of ineptitude.
Ask yourself; “What is it you think will be different in 2018?” All the afore-mentioned issues are but reminders of Turnbull’s inability to cut through on issues he once owned. Yet another sign of his weak leadership is his inability to slap down Andrews, Abbott, Abetz and others. Unless he can comprehensively change the way he runs his government … the end is nigh.
My thought for the day
“Leadership is a combination of traits that etch the outlines of a life and grow over time. They govern moral choices and demonstrate empathy toward others. It is far better for those with these qualities to lead rather than follow. In fact it is incumbent on them.”