He was touted as leadership material but, in the end, the rigours of high office brought his career to a sudden, unwelcome end.
The political weekly: Politics escalated from fantasy to farce this week as the Labor opposition tried to find ways to trip up the tyro Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his shiny new ministry.
By trying to insist the Liberal Party doesn’t have factionalism, Malcolm Turnbull showed a lack of judgement and a serious lack of self-awareness. He will need to tailor his language in the future.
The Political Weekly: Ministers tread on thin ice as Labor waits for a penalty rates mis-step.
No woman, regardless of her views, words or behaviour should be subject to criticism or abuse based on her gender. Not even rampaging Tory women.
It is certainly commendable that Malcolm Turnbull is encouraging a kinder, gentler way of debating politics, but he shouldn’t ignore voters’ appetite for tabloid-confected conflict and drama.
Malcolm Turnbull’s language, political appointments and policy decisions in his first two weeks as Prime Minister show he is a keener student of former PM John Howard than Tony Abbott ever was.
The Political Weekly: Peta Credlin takes the Miley Cyrus approach, Scott Morrison’s new three-word slogan and Turnbull’s warning to Leigh Sales.
Will the Liberal Party under Malcolm Turnbull really be more progressive? The recorded views of cabinet ministers may speak for themselves.
There is a world of difference between aggression and assertiveness. One is a negative approach; the other is positive. One incites fear and retaliation; the other encourages mutual respect.