Grooming for the role of Prime Minister: The reality TV show of Australian politics 322



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With all the Turmoil in the LNP at the moment, having lost Queensland’s state election in a bloodbath, the team still professes its allegiance to their leader, Tony Abbott. Prospective future party leaders Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop are making no outward comments; in fact over the weekend both have made separate statements of support for Tony Abbott. But several MPs have been quoted in the media as saying Tony Abbott’s time is up. And Malcolm Turnbull’s Facebook page certainly tells a story between the lines in my opinion.

“All we are talking about now is the timing and method of execution,” one Queensland MP said to the ABC.

While the Liberal Party are, at this time, acting with dignity and well-managed unity, a few weeks ago I saw something that changed my opinion of how the party leadership is united… and I “called it” in our Starts at 60 office. We’re all watching for signs of Malcolm Turnbull stepping up for the leadership. How it happens is now the biggest question in my mind.

In the ABC report over the weekend on unity in Federal LNP, a senior federal Coalition source said the next move was Tony Abbott’s.

Liberal MP Jane Prentice said in another ABC report that the party “can’t continue as we are” and that Tony Abbott was “not taking the people with us”.

But the real question is, are they already grooming for a Prime Minister to fall on his sword and another to take his role? Can it happen peacefully or are we open for another spectacle in the reality TV show of Australian politics?

Malcolm Turnbull’s Facebook page has taken a turn in recent weeks, to become entirely statesman like, with his Australia Day picture reeking of Prime Ministerial authority that reaches all demographics. This picture was the one that made me suspicious of his leadership aspirations, perhaps because I feel like our nation is so desperately seeking a inspiration-worthy leader.  The formality and approach of the post was not missed by other followers either, with many of the comments on the thread reading “Malcolm for PM” and “Go grab those keys to the lodge”.

Julie Bishop’s Facebook page, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to have “changed gears” the way Turnbull’s has. With her public persona being tied to her role of Foreign Minister most directly, a role that has a lot of high profile and inspiring public meetings with other famous leaders.

After today’s speech at the National Press Club, the Prime Minister’s acceptance publicly after the Queensland election that there needs to be change in the LNP, and the 27% approval rating he is facing as the public’s choice of Prime Minister in the latest polls, do you think he will fall on his sword?

Do you agree that Turnbull is grooming for his role?  How do you think the Abbott Government can change leadership without creating the spectacle of the Labor party’s last term?

Source: Malcolm Turnbull’s Facebook page

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Turnbull should have been in the Labor Party. No

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  2. yes i do agree , he should never have been have lost the leadership to that shifty eyes abbott , turnbull will & would have made a much better prime minister than abbott.

  3. Don’t know why you stick him on there ,tony is doing the job just fine,give the bloke a fair go!

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    • Ha ha, Marie…a fair go? How about a fair go for asylum seekers, pensioners, education and the planet…TA is a horrible joke gone wrong!

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      • They’re not asylum seekers, they are ILLEGAL asylum seekers, that’s the whole point.

      • Leave poor Tony alone!Thee hee!I like it just fine he continues to STUFF UP Only hope he doesn’t drag Australia down beyond repair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Marie if tony doesn’t go then the party will go at the next election that means another labour government better that sir Tony goes after all he has been an embarrassment to the party for too long

    • Marie surely you jest… Tony is a sleazy creep who I had the misfortune to meet once and that was enough…YUK! He’s a punch drunk street fighter and melgomaniac and idiot to boot…

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