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 Not the time to pick this fight.
Bear
 Posted: Jul 13 2017, 06:01 PM
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Not the time to pick this fight.

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Malcolm Turnbull earlier this year addressed the 75th anniversary dinner in Canberra of the Sir Robert Menzies Forgotten Peoples Speech of 1942. Picture: Ray Strange

What was Malcolm Turnbull thinking?

And who is advising him?

Turnbull’s attempt to use the legacy of Robert Menzies to argue that the Liberal Party should not be conservative is not a fight that he should be initiating right now.

For a Prime Minister fighting for survival, trying to win the battle against the conservatives in his own party by enlisting the words of Robert Menzies is not going to work.

If Turnbull wants to quote Menzies, he’d be better off quoting from his famous “forgotten people” speech.

Today’s forgotten people are the long-term unemployed as well as those who fear that each day they turn up to work could be their last in employment.

Job insecurity is a major issue.

Today’s forgotten people are also the millions of Australians who fear that their children will never know job security or will never be able to buy their own home.

While there is certainly at least one statement from Menzies talking about the desire to be “a progressive party,” this is not strong ground for Turnbull.

Turnbull’s biggest problem inside the Liberal Party is from the conservative wing.

It therefore makes no sense that Turnbull has picked this fight now.

He’s broken two of the golden rules of politics — never bring on a fight that you don’t need to have and don’t bring on a fight that you don’t have a very good chance of winning.

Rightly or wrongly, Menzies today is widely seen as a conservative Prime Minister.

It’s correct that Menzies said that the Liberal Party was “determined to be a progressive party, willing to make experiments, in no sense reactionary but believing in the individual, his right and his enterprise, and rejecting the socialist panacea.”

But Malcolm Turnbull is an embattled Prime Minister, not a political science academic.

He lives — and is trying to survive — in the here and now.

These days the words “progressive” “left” and “Menzies” rarely go together — unless you’re Malcolm Turnbull in London and you’re slowly being cooked back home by your conservative base.

Turnbull’s only chance of survival is to convince Australians that he can best manage the economy.

He needs to stay on message.

There are several key themes he must both govern towards and emphasise every chance he gets.

The main one needs to be that he is determined to create economic growth and therefore jobs.

The others include reducing the nation’s debt and solving the electricity crisis by bringing down prices and ensuring reliability.

He also needs to stress that his government can, and is, keeping the nation’s borders secure.

Admittedly, issues such as electricity prices and energy reliability are not the material for a speech to a think-tank in London.

But given the biggest issue today in Europe is the growing refugee crisis, surely this could have been a central focus of Turnbull’s speech.

Australia is seen in Europe as having successfully secured its borders.

Likewise, the British public is just as concerned as Australians — if not more so, given the uncertainly that Brexit presents — about their economic future.

But by quoting Menzies to attack critics — particularly Tony Abbott — Turnbull has opened yet another front against himself.

The charge of fury against Turnbull back in Australia was led by talkback radio.

On Sydney’s top-rating 2GB, presenter Mark Levy tapped into the mood of his callers by asking why Turnbull would be prepared to make such a speech in London but apparently not back in Australia.

He said that coming on top of months of poor performance this confirmed that Turnbull was not suited to run the Liberal Party.

Levy told his listeners that when Parliament returns after the winter recess there should be a spill of leadership positions to remove Turnbull.

Obviously, talkback radio is not the final arbiter of judgment.

Talk-back radio should not stop Malcolm Turnbull or any other leader from engaging in debate about the country’s future or the direction of our political parties.

But the needless foray into ideological wars and the bashing that Turnbull took within hours distracts, yet again.

It makes no sense — it brings about yet another round of self-flagellation in the Liberal Party.

Clearly, Turnbull lacks an experienced political strategist on his staff, the type that has been the hallmark of successful Prime Ministers — Bob Hawke had Peter Barron while John Howard had Tony Nutt and Arthur Sinodinos.

These advisers steadfastly kept their leaders on message.

To survive, Turnbull needs to both offer good government and to take Australians along with him.

Yet another noisy, needless storm simply sucks oxygen from that message.

It further highlights the bitter divisions in the Liberal Party.

For Malcolm Turnbull, this is one more own goal.

He can’t keep kicking goals for the other side.


http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/john-lyons/turnbulls-menzies-speech-not-the-time-to-pick-this-fight/news-story/9431bcd042c4d7e021b6b9d56ca28046

It comes as no surprise that there are no comments in support of TB's speech.

Charles (DCC) 1 DAY AGO

Turnbull is following a careful plan.

His current policies if implemented before he is sacked, are tailor made for the incoming ALP, who will have to bear none of the approbation for their existence.

The climate scam revenue alone will guarantee plum jobs from his merchant banking backers while also collecting his promised rewards from the ALP such as being appointed as ambassador to the USA.

Consider these to be his objectives and everything falls into place. The liberal party is merely collateral damage, like a cane toad on the track.

Turnbull is losing by design, and he's pulling down the temple as he goes..


Nancy 1 DAY AGO

Menzies definition of "Progressive" is the total opposite of what the Left Wing - who have high jacked the word - refer to as such. The Left's ideas are from developing progress but rather a backward looking and backward marching move towards failure.

TB is one of the most pathetic leaders Australia has ever known, the sooner he becomes a 'forgotten person' the better.


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 Posted: Jul 13 2017, 06:19 PM
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Turnbull is of the same mould as Rudd and Gillard. Throw Curly into that bag as well.

It is more about them, instead of being about the good of the nation.

Abbott was a disappointing failure, but still he was marginally better than the above mentioned PC socialists.

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Tony was only marginally better because he had Peta Cretin keeping an eye on him.

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 Posted: Jul 14 2017, 09:34 AM
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Why do we need for failed pollies They do not die they do not go away we still pay Tony is guilty of sedition against Pauline
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 Posted: Jul 14 2017, 11:30 AM
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"Turnbull is of the same mould as Rudd and Gillard. Throw Curly into that bag as well."

The time of good leadership has long passed Scepo, under TB the Libs have weakened, politicians want to be only seen as being 'politically correct' that new world order thing. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif

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~José Maria de Eça de Queiroz,

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