Malcolm Turnbull in October while on a sabbatical in New York called former Prime Ministers like Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd ‘miserable ghosts’ who cannot move from their time in office. But Malcolm Turnbull’s actions over the past few days has demonstrate he is that miserable ghost of a former Prime Minister he described, haunting the current political environment.
It began on Sunday night when Malcolm Turnbull posted on his Facebook page for the first time since he was rolled as Prime Minister urging the New South Wales Liberal Party to hold a party member preselection for backbencher Craig Kelly’s seat of Hughes and not adhere to a directive from Prime Minister Scott Morrison for the state executive to re-endorse all the sitting members. Kelly has been an outspoken backbencher on energy policy and voted for Peter Dutton in the August spills.
Then on Monday Malcolm Turnbull stated he and Scott Morrison agreed to go an election on March 2 before the New South Wales state election on March 23. This was after last week were Morrison indicated he would go the polls in May after an April budget. The logic of going in March according to Turnbull was it would allow the federal Liberals to be punished at a federal election rather than the state Liberals copping the voters wrath with the Liberal Party’s federal dysfunction. But why would a Prime Minister go to an early federal election just to lose?
The New South Wales Liberal Party ignored Malcolm Turnbull’s intervention in Craig Kelly’s preselection and passed a motion re-endorsing all sitting Liberal MPs. Then later on Monday evening the Federal Liberal Partyroom passed a rule change that a Liberal Prime Minister elected at an election cannot be removed while in office, unless two-thirds of the Liberal partyroom agree. This was passed in the hope that the party would not keep producing former Prime Ministers like Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott who frustrate the current leadership with commentary on current politics issues.
But Malcolm Turnbull was not done with his current commentary addressing the NSW Smart Energy Summit this morning. He urged the Morrison Government to adopt the National Energy Guarentee, the policy that led to his downfall as Prime Minister in August and which is now Labor Party policy. He also stated he supported the new Liberal leadership rules. Remember all of Turnbull’s commentary this week is after he claimed he was retired from party politics, hence why he did not actively endorse the Liberal candidate for Wentworth Dave Sharma at the just passed by-election campaign.
Then add to Malcolm’s contributions the online antics of his son Alex Turnbull, a hedge fund manager based in Singapore. During Malcolm’s Prime Ministership most Australians would probably not aware Turnbull had a son, but they certainly do now. During the Wentworth by-election Alex Turnbull solicited donations for the Labor campaign.
Best bang for the buck you’ll get in political donations in your life. Tight race, tight margin for government, big incremental effect whatever happens. If you want a federal election now this is the means by which to achieve it. https://t.co/YgTQGhQwBa
— Alex Turnbull (@alexbhturnbull) September 1, 2018
He also posted a video on social media urging electors in Wentworth to vote against Liberals. He arged they had been taker over by “extremists on the hard right” who “want to pursue a crazy agenda” and were not serious on issues like climate change. He followed this video with a number of media appearances further outlining this viewpoint.
Last month Malcolm, his wife Lucy and Alex all liked an Instagram account ‘VoteTonyOut’, a social media campaign dedicated to voting Tony Abbott out of his seat of Warringah. Yesterday Alex Turnbull confirmed on Twitter that he had donated $500 to Sleeping Giants Oz which is a Twitter campaign designed to put pressure on advertisers to pull their ads from conservative media to in their words “make racism, bigotry and misogyny less profitable”. Recently it was successful in putting pressure on Sky News to sack Outsiders host Ross Cameron over stereotypical comments he made about Chinese people.
— Alex Turnbull (@alexbhturnbull) December 3, 2018
Alex Turnbull’s latest foray into activism resulted in renewed attention on his twitter activity where he tweets about progressive causes and retweets progressive personalities and organizations such as Peter van Onselen, Ben Eltham, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and even GetUp. His most extreme retweet was from socialist feminist Van Badham calling on mining magnate Gina Rinehart to be executed.
Guillotine time https://t.co/7kObe0onbw
— Van Badham (@vanbadham) December 2, 2018
But his most crass tweet was one directed at Australian columnist Janet Albrechtsen who shared her paper’s story about Alex’s Sleeping Giants donation.
Alex Turnbull has become a very funny caricature of the sore loser. Keep it coming. https://t.co/niI0MlJihi
— janet albrechtsen (@jkalbrechtsen) December 3, 2018
Albrechtsen was the partner of former Victorian Liberal Party President Michael Kroger who was blamed for the party’s poor performance in the recent Victorian state election. Alex Turnbull thought their sex life was a good thing to mock in a tweet.
Apologies to Janet Albrechtsen. Your personal life, much like your opinions on family values and judgements on the lives of others have no place in public discourse.
— Alex Turnbull (@alexbhturnbull) December 3, 2018
Alex Turnbull was called out by fellow female journalist Latika Bourke.
Why on earth do you think any woman’s sex life is something you can comment on? If Abbott or any of the right-wing Libs made such a comment about a female journalist would you consider that decent, respectable and a sign of your progressive credentials?
— Latika M Bourke (@latikambourke) December 3, 2018
Alex realizing he had probably gone too far deleted the tweet and issued an apology.
It is not the first time Alex Turnbull has been abusive about a female journalist. He published Sharri Markson’s invitation on her show during the Wentworth by election along with his response.
— Alex Turnbull (@alexbhturnbull) October 13, 2018
But this erratic online behaviour from Alex Turnbull is the unfiltered rage of the Turnbull family against the Liberal Party, especially against its conservative members and politicians for removing Malcolm as Prime Minister. If this rage continues then it will guarantee in the next federal election the Liberals will not just lose but lose in a landslide. But that is probably their goal, if the Turnbull’s are not leading the Liberal Party they will burn everything down to the ground.