“Sometimes politicians think they’re reaching out… by dumbing everything down… that disrespects the electorate.”
In the first Q&A episode post ‘The Spill’, political junkies were clinging onto every word from Communications Minister (and future PM material), Malcolm Turnbull. And boy, did he deliver.
In what felt like ‘The Malcolm Show,’ Turnbull was in fine form last night. With his sly jabs at his boss Tony Abbott, and slick confidence, viewers were all thinking the same thing: Mr Turnbull absolutely nailed his Prime Minister of Australia Audition.
If this were A Chorus Line, the director would be jumping up from their seat in the back row shouting “You’re hired, we open in a week”.
Here are our nine top picks of Prime Ministerial-like and general political excellence from the night:
1. On Phillip Ruddock’s sacking… and the ‘Captain’s Call’.
“Look, Tony Abbott, as Philip said, is entitled to appoint and replace the chief whip as and when he wishes, that’s his call but I have to say, I was very sad to see the announcement.
“I’m not going to run a commentary on the Prime Minister’s decisions. Look, he didn’t consult me, I don’t know who he consulted, it is, he is the boss, he is the captain, he can make a captain’s call.”
2. On the slogans his party has become famous (or infamous) for:
“We recognise there are strong arguments on either side but what we as politicians have to do is treat the people with respect. Don’t slogan at them, don’t pretend problems don’t exist.”
3. On the Crappy Budget that outdid all other Crappy Budget’s:
“I think the fact that we haven’t been able to get a lot of this through means that mistakes have been made.
“You have to get your laws through, you have to get the public to accept them, you’ve got to get the Parliament to accept them, we just have to do a better job of advocacy”.