In his appearance on the ABC’s 7.30 program last night, Leigh Sales asked Malcolm Turnbull a very simple question:
LEIGH SALES: … (W)hat was the point of [replacing Tony Abbott] because there’s been very little policy change?
MALCOLM TURNBULL: … Well that’s – that’s quite untrue … (W)e dealt with Senate voting reform. That was not on the agenda
Andrew Bolt has already made the point that Senate voting reform was already on Tony Abbott’s agenda and that Turnbull’s answer was therefore false.
Without wanting to downplay the significance of this point, I think there’s an even more important point to be made – that being, even if Turnbull’s comment was true, so what? The real issue is that Turnbull has done absolutely nothing over the last six months to the point where this is the best he can offer.
Talk about being flogged with a warm lettuce.
I can only take it that Turnbull also doesn’t think too much of his $1.1 billion ‘get excited and put your
business fraudthinking hats on’ scheme.
At least he managed to save some furniture in dealing with Sales’ completely demented view on negative gearing:
In true ABC faux-aggressive style (put away that knife though, Leigh), Sales came up with this amazingly garbled proposition:
“In your first interview with this program as Prime Minister you said that the first principles of the Turnbull government would be the free market, so why are you now violating that principle by backing negative gearing, which is a government intervention that distorts the market,” she said.
“That is so wrong, Leigh,” Mr Turnbull said. ”Negative gearing is income tax 101, and a normal tax deduction, not a government incentive.”
Meanwhile, Australia continues to wait for a functional government. It’s been 3032 days and counting.