The Liberal Party is scrambling to make up ground this morning after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made a startling admission at a press conference yesterday.
Confirming something that most Aussies usually joke about, Mr Turnbull told a group of reporters that all politicians lie to get into government.
“What political parties say they will support and oppose at one time is not necessarily ultimately what they will do,” he said at a press conference in Banyo, Queensland on Tuesday.
The frank comment has been hailed a defining moment in the election campaign and one that could potentially cost the Liberal Party a win.
Labor immediately jumped on the comment, saying it proved the LNP can’t be trusted.
Bill Shorten was speaking at the National Press Club when he heard the news and used his chance to pounce.
“Today, Malcolm Turnbull’s mask finally slipped. It will go down as the defining moment in this campaign. The gaffe that marked the end of the Prime Minister’s credibility. He said, ‘what political parties say they will support and oppose at one time is not necessarily what they will do’,” Shorten said.
“Tony Abbott famously told us, “Don’t listen to what I say, get it in writing.” Mr Turnbull simply said, ‘Don’t bother, it’s a lie’.”
However, Mr Turnbull also pointed towards times when the Labor party had done a backflip on their election promises – further seeming to prove his point.
“You have seen the Labor Party has opposed many measures of ours at which they have subsequently supported or subsequently changed their position on,” Mr Turnbull said.
“The best-known of those is obviously the School Kids Bonus, which they made an iconic issue and launched petitions and campaigns and said they were going to fight all the way to election day to restore it and then did a very quick backflip on that.”
While some have called it just plain stupid and a huge blunder, others say it is just a sign of honesty and that Malcolm isn’t afraid to tell it how it is – even if he comes off worse off.
What are you thoughts?