Turnbull wants to destroy Abbott – and the Coalition

Revenge on his mind…

Malcolm Turnbull’s ego is bigger than the Coalition. Bigger than a victory over Labor at the next election. Bigger than putting Australia back on a path to prosperity after six years of Labor mismanagement at the next election in 2013. Oh yes, Turnbull’s lust for revenge goes way beyond those petty considerations.

He hates the fact that Tony Abbott is doing so well as Opposition leader. He hates the fact that he thinks Abbott is inferior to him (or so he believes) and he himself should still rightly be the leader of the Opposition. He hates the fact that he was defeated by Abbott by one vote in 2009. He hates the fact that his mindless climate policy was dumped at the eleventh hour, just before his party was due to vote with Labor to enact an ETS. He hates the fact that Abbott’s recent budget reply went down so well (as evidenced by his curt handshake and flouncing out of the chamber at the first possible opportunity).

So last week we had the Lateline debacle, where Turnbull made little attempt to conceal his disgust for his own party’s climate policy. The next day, the headlines were full of… Malcolm Turnbull. And today we have another distraction from the task at hand, his alleged failure to vote in divisions, followed by the leak of a stiff email in rebuke. And, again, tomorrow the headlines will all be full of… Malcolm Turnbull.

To my mind, the fact that Turnbull is in the headlines again is no accident. I strongly believe that Turnbull wants to torpedo Abbott and then ride to the Coalition’s rescue as their saviour, and have himself elected leader again. All the evidence points that way, and it seems that he is prepared to sacrifice anything and everything to achieve this end, including a Coalition victory at the next election, just so long as he can exact his bitter revenge on Abbott.

We should not be reading headlines about Malcolm Turnbull – we should be reading headlines about Gillard’s incompetence. We should not be reading headlines about “divisions within the Coalition” brought about by Turnbull speaking out of turn – we should be reading headlines about the effect of Labor’s disastrous carbon tax on our economy and prosperity. Whenever Turnbull is in the headlines, it distracts from the task at hand: holding this inept and arrogant government to account.

The more of this kind of distraction continues, and the more cracks that appear in the Coalition front, the more opportunities there are for Labor to attack, diverting attention from their own shortcomings, eroding away, tiny bit by tiny bit, the extraordinary lead that Abbott has delivered, until Labor are ahead once again, Abbott sinks into the role of a leader in crisis, on the way out, and is eventually, inevitably, replaced by…?

So the message to Tony Abbott is all too clear: sack Turnbull now, or he will destroy you, the Coalition, and any chance of victory at the next election – all in pursuit of his own selfish goals.


  1. Sean McHugh says:

    I said before he was deposed as leader and I say it again now, Turnbull needs to go.

  2. Perhaps it’s time there was a concerted effort for people to email their local Liberal MPs and inform them that Turnbull doesn’t have the voters support. And at the same time email Tony Abbott and say he has our full support.

    Turnbull reminds me of Andrew Peacock. Who destroyed John Howards first chance at becoming PM with similar antics.

    Silvertailed centre left Liberal leaders don’t get elected. The other Malcolm that did win was because Labor imploded – but he still achieved nothing in his term despite a massive mandate and both houses at his control. To win as a Liberal leader you’ve got to have a bit of the common touch about you. Something Turnbull will never manage.

    He needs to be told to shut up or be sent to the backbench like Rudd before the last election.

  3. Turnbull is the greatest threat to the Liberal party. He is not a team player. He was a banker and bankers are very selfish people interested only in their own success.

  4. Andy G55 says:

    Wasn’t Turnbull once a Labor pollie ?

    • Graham Richards says:

      Not even the Laborites trust him. They would not have him for all the carbon credits in the EU.

  5. Andrew McRae says:

    Here’s a thought: there is no meaningful difference in either ideology or performance between the Labor party and Liberal party.
    They are two faces of the same coin, and that coin has to go.

    Our military and economy has become dependent on the militaries and economies of neighbours who are no longer capable or willing to help in the sustainability of our way of life. Resilience can’t be built on these increasingly shaky foundations, so a more self-sufficient Australia would be an improvement on the present. Sustainability must underlie long term planning, or else you are planning to fail. Neither of the two “L”-plate parties have any clue about this.

    Sweep the board clean, I reckon.

  6. The difficulty in sacking him:

    “senior Liberals counter that it would be a misjudgment to sack the shadow minister for communications. First, it would look like a fearful overreaction by a nervous leader. Second, it would remove a talented man from front-line combat, and Turnbull is the most highly rated Liberal in the party, according to the polls. Third, it would only liberate Turnbull from the constraints of the shadow cabinet. He could speak out freely and become a much bigger risk for the leader than he is at the moment.”

    “A wise head in the party had this advice for Abbott: ”Tony has to show the confidence and maturity as leader to show forbearance to Malcolm, and even welcome him in.
    ”Under the old adage of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer, he should keep Malcolm busy and working productively for the party and keep him in the tent.””


  7. ” He hates the fact that Abbott’s recent budget reply went down so well” ROFL, ROFL, ROFL….


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