Dear Mr Turnbull,
It is my duty as an Australian, a citizen of the world, and a mother, to register my disgust for a man who has put personal ambition in front of principles.
Regardless of political affiliation, the nation breathed a sigh of relief when Tony Abbott was ousted but you should not take that as an expression of joy about your ascension.
Tony’s delivery was less than adequate but it was the policies that stunk so I suppose the people being polled were hoping your reasonable demeanour meant sense might return to policy making.
You plotted to become the leader of the Liberal Party. I was glad you did, but every day my relief lessens and my fears are confirmed that all they went for was the guy who could sell a lemon.
I know you signed an agreement that you would never put a price on carbon while you were leader. That was a completely irresponsible thing to do and not within your individual power to guarantee.
Then when you had to man up in front of the world, you quivered in front of Gina and her greedy dinosaurs.
You said that you would not lead a party that was not committed to action on climate change. You understand the chicaneries of the financial world. You are smart enough to recognise self-interest when you see it yet you are voting against phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, against the rest of the world and the advice of all credible bodies, at the behest of Gina’s Minerals Council.
This comes after we have heard how mining companies in Australia avoid paying any tax, and in fact often get tax refunds on their billions of dollars superprofits, by borrowing money at basically no interest and then lending it back to themselves at exorbitant interest rates so they can transfer profits to those well-known resource distribution points in Singapore and the Bermudas.
This was your chance to make a difference, to be a leader, but I see you are led just like Tony was.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present you not only the successor to the Prime Ministership of Australia but an aspiring applicant for the Colossal Fossil award earned by his predecessor.
It was apparent from the outset that Tony had no idea what he was doing but you, Malcolm, are doing this with full understanding. Your actions are wilful, premeditated, and cowardly – and you know it. What sort of man so wants a job that he is willing to sacrifice a planet to keep it?
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