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Scrambling back aboard the Titanic

By Bernard Gaynor - posted Thursday, 17 September 2015


So Malcolm Turnbull is the new Prime Minister.

That makes five of 'em in less than five years. And this time 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.

Apparently, Turnbull replaced Abbott because we need a more consultative leadership style in Australia. Funnily enough, the Australian people weren't consulted on this change.

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Apparently, this all happened in the blink of an eye because the government needed to move back to the 'centre'. Forgive me for being a little sceptical, but if the 'centre' is a synonym for the 'majority', then it's pretty clear that Malcolm is not in the middle.

The majority of Australians do not support the ritual slaughter of their leaders in the dead of night. But the blood is being spilt anyway.

In the process, Australians are being told that their votes are pointless. The current circus in Canberra acts like democracy is a waste of time. It's exactly what you would expect from a bunch of jokers. And it's clear that the King of the Clowns, Turnbull, thinks that Newspoll reigns over the real poll – the ballot box.

What has happened over the last 24 hours is suicidal lunacy for a 'party of government'. I'll get to that in a second.

It was also pure ego, marinated in pure hypocrisy.

The whole shebang started with Turnbull trashing Abbott. And it finished with Turnbull heaping praise on Abbott's achievements. In between, Turnbull thrust the blade and grabbed the crown in a calculated attack of brutal, treacherous betrayal. If his first words meant anything, his second speech was a sham. And if his final speech was genuine, then the only conclusion that can be drawn is that Turnbull's attack had little to do with principle and much more to do with self-interest.

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In fact, only a self-absorbed, narcissistic shell of a man could claim to be deeply humbled by the occasion while stepping over Abbott's body in the smiling rush to the media throng. That's exactly what Turnbull did.

This is the measure of the man.

Turnbull supports homosexual marriage, yet in order to curry favour with his dim-witted colleagues prior to the challenge he gave an assurance that he'd adopt the Liberal Party's position. After it, he refused to say where he stood. Anyone who believes that Turnbull will honour his commitment when he has already demonstrated so willingly on the walk down the aisle that principle means nothing is deluded.

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Bernard Gaynor is a married father of seven children and formerly served as an officer in the Australian Regular Army, deploying to the Middle East on three occasions. He was recognised with the United Stated Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Iraq. He strongly defends conservative family values at his blog, www.bernardgaynor.com.au. Bernard is the founder of the Defence Force Conservative Action Network and a member of the Cherish Life Qld Inc. Executive Committee.

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