Tangling sharply against these kinds of ideas was a young Tony Abbott who, as a student, seemed under constant threat from radical university peers.
There are at least ten reasons the ALP will be crushed at the next election, to be held when it suits the government.
Grid iron politics. A tough opposition leader to get the troops into office, when he is replaced by a smooth-talking, all-things-to-all-people facilitator who does his best not to upset the horses.
Australia has had four Prime Ministers in a bit over two years. But the ALP has had ten leaders in the last twenty.
His friends could provide some real problems – in particular the US, the churches and big business.
Hopefully under your leadership the Liberals will now remain within their mandate. No cuts to education, no changes to pensions, no cuts to the ABC and SBS.
The change is made more confusing by the fact that the new PM is probably Labor's best performing MP, even though he now leads the Liberal Party.
He’s on record as regarding ‘digital literacy’ as important as reading and supporting open access to government data.
Turnbull is a centrist and pragmatist, which means he will struggle to carry the hearts, although he may capture the votes, of the grass roots of the Liberal Party.
In Turnbull, spit and polish will be employed to cover what essentially will be policies similar to Abbott.
The almost universal abdication of ordinary people from any active role in political parties has resulted in a very weird political landscape.
'Choppergate' assumed plague like proportions, even finding voices of condemnation within the shock jock fraternity. The conservative clan were in revolt. The prime minister had gone too far.