Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to the Middle East and his upcoming meeting at the White House are both significant when it comes to his recent efforts to balance the expectations of both the hawks and doves in the voting community.
The Political Weekly: The Opposition Leader found a new way to help boost flagging poll ratings, but unforeseen circumstances threatened to derail his progress.
Putting aside all the electoral complications, an unseemly rush to the ballot box without an adequate explanation of Malcolm Turnbull’s plans for economic repair would seriously test the public’s trust.
Given the events of the past week, it’s time to recognise some of the government’s outdated views on women.
The Political Weekly: There’s nothing quite so pathetic as a self-deluded has-been politician, desperately trying to squawk their way back into the political spotlight, but in so doing only reinforcing the reason they were relegated to feather duster status in the first place.
If the past week in politics is any indication, politicians have no idea whether voters pay attention to politics.
Are we the political equivalent of goldfish, needing to be constantly reminded about what is good and bad about politicians and their policies? Or are we more like elephants, never forgetting the vices and virtues of the passing political parade?
The Political Weekly: Tony Abbott tries to make the best of a very bad situation.
The Prime Minister isn’t fooling anyone when he sings Tony Abbott’s praises.
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: Peta Credlin takes the Miley Cyrus approach, Scott Morrison’s new three-word slogan and Turnbull’s warning to Leigh Sales.