MEDIA RELEASE: Petty decision demonstrates Turnbull's weakness, Friday 29 July 2016

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

 

PETTY DECISION DEMONSTRATES TURNBULL’S WEAKNESS

 

At his first Cabinet meeting this term Malcolm Turnbull had his first opportunity to show he had learned the lessons of his near election defeat.

 

Mr Turnbull had the chance to show some leadership, put Australia’s national interest first, and back an Australian for United National Secretary-General.

 

Instead, the bizarre and chaotic process he “led” delivered a win for partisanship over the national interest.

 

Today Malcolm Turnbull repudiated his Deputy Leader and Foreign Minister, and demonstrated how he has shrunk in the office of Prime Minister.

 

The Australian Government should have put partisanship aside and supported the nomination of an Australian – former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – as United Nations Secretary-General.

 

This captain’s call confirms that Malcolm Turnbull occupies the office of Prime Minister in name only.

 

Australia is diminished by his weakness.