An open letter to Malcolm Turnbull 7



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Dear Malcolm,

I thought I would offer some unsolicited advice, which might help you escape from the corner you have backed yourself into.

While you are taking a well-earned break overseas to maintain the illusion that Australia is important in world affairs, the undercurrents of dissatisfaction whirl unabated in Canberra.

Things do not look good. Your party is fractured, undisciplined, arrogant and incompetent. Plotters are plotting against you, stirring up trouble behind the scenes and openly questioning your ability and judgement. Hardly surprising, really, as there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that you have made both a complete pig’s ear and a dog’s breakfast of your Prime Ministership, lurching from one disaster to another with impressive regularity.

Aside from your predecessor, it is hard to think of another leader who has appeared so unsuited to the position and, if you are not careful, your legacy — I use the term loosely — will be unfavourably compared to Tony Abbott’s. Yes, it’s that bad.

You are nominally in charge of a party dominated by a handful of right wing nutters, but in practice, they are controlling you. You have allowed them to force you to defend the mental and (most probably) physical abuse of refugees, climate change denial, anti-gay hysteria, a lack of action on banking rorts and a watered down NBN that reminds me of the cans tied together by long pieces of string of my childhood. Your jaw must ache from clenching your teeth while pretending to support these issues.

You have become a puppet for the mini-Trumps dominating your government and party, and you have seemingly had to abandon most of your principles and morals along the way. Doesn’t sound too good, does it?

The balance has shifted due to your ill-judged and botched election and it is only a matter of time before the sheep behind you turn bleating in fear to Abbott and his cronies for comfort, resulting in your back doubling as a pin cushion and you will be tossed onto the growing pile of recently turfed prime ministers.

Lest I become too negative, there is a way out. A spectacular solution that can redeem you in the eyes of the nation and ensure you do not join Abbott as one of the country’s two most forgettable Prime Ministers. The Liberal Party won’t like it, but they already hate you anyway.
Simply resign as Prime Minister, resign your membership of the Liberal Party and sit on the cross benches as an independent Member of Parliament.

This will have the instant result of making the Libs a minority government, but with you guaranteeing them supply, they will not call an election. They daren’t. The decline in voter support you inspired would be complete and they would be trounced and thrust back into opposition, facing prime minister Shorten, a prospect marginally worse for the right wing rabble than having you in charge. They would rather keep their perks and take their chances.

The perfect irony of this solution is that you would go from having no power as head of the government to being able to actually run the country from the crossbenches for the rest of this term. AND… your lack of leadership ability won’t matter!

Your private members’ bills would sail through the house. Marriage equality. Tick. Royal commission into banking. Tick. Increased funding for environmental agencies. Tick. Almost anything progressive, right and good. Tick, tick, tick.

Not everything will go through, of course, but the opposition and upper house will very much enjoy the spectacle of squirming Liberal and National MPs and be very much inclined to support you.

You would actually run the country, Malcolm. A new experience for you. Think what that would be like. You could do it while grinning at Tony Abbott across the chamber. Wouldn’t that be great? For everyone.

Good luck, all the best, and you’re welcome.

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Steven Harrison

Steve Harrison lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter and is the author of TimeStorm, an epic action adventure, time travel, historical romance novel (he sends his apologies to any missed genres). He also makes short films under his Pronunciation Fillums partnership. Steve's website is at

  1. give us a new election cause this last was a farce

  2. Not so sure Steve Harrison is completely right…He has some good points and some ridiculous ones..The last thing you would want to do is hand the Primeministership to Labour Worst mistake than keeping Turnbull…Gay marriage, let the people have their say…Labour says it’s a waste of $ 200 million dollars..Since when has Labour worried about wasting money ? History tells us they are up there with the best of them..Sure Turnbull has to go or change his stance and drop the enormous EGO otherwise the LNP will spend quite a bit of time in the wilderness after next election…Personally i cant see him lasting another 6 months…

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    • This “author” must have a short memory or is a member of the Labor Party. Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard are by far the worst Prime Ministers we have had. And they are closely followed by Bob Hawke and Gough Whitlam, both of which I was foolish enough to vote for.

      The people of Australia deserve the right to vote on Marriage Equality. If Shorten does not pass the bill to enable the vote the Government will hopefully stand firm and not do anything for the next three years.

      If Labor think marriage equality is that important why did they not pass legislation in the recent six years of their government. Oh that’s right there were no votes to gain at the time.

      We don’t need a Royal Commission into Banks. This is another Labor ploy to get votes. If there is a Bank Royal Commission what comes next. A Royal Commission into grocery stores, a Royal Commission into Hardware Stores, or a Royal Commission into market gardeners.

      Like all of the above Banks are private enterprise. Start trying to regulate private companies will scare off all businesses from investing in Australia. Labor thought job losses were bad from the motor vehicle industry, well wait for the losses when business refuses to operate in Australia.

      And Australians have shown they agree with our refugee policy to stop the boats. Labor and the Greens want an open door policy that let’s every one in. Look how that has worked out in Europe with the terrorist attacks by refugees. I agree that our country can take some immigrants, but it has to be orderly and on our terms.

      Climate change scientists were screaming it will never rain again. Tell that to the people affected by current flooding.

      The author of this original post is entitled to his opinion but I can tell him that he is wrong to suggest it is the majority view.

      And to finish I agree that Turnbull is a did. But I knew that before he became PM.

      And why not a Royal Commission into Labor Governments reckless spending, such as the Victorian Government spending $1 billion not to build a road, or the previous Labor Governments wasting billions on Myki and the desalination plant that will probably never be needed.

    • The vast majority of Australians do NOT want to allow changes to the definition of marriage i.e. the union of one man and one woman!

      Many homosexuals have stated they agree and only want civil unions.

      Other 10 1%

  3. I agree with all the sentiments in Steve Harrison’s letter to the PM, but must disagree with the comment re: the worst PM’s we have and had been stuck with; Abbott and Turnbull, no, no, no, Rudd, Gillard, Hawk and Whitlam take the top spots as the worst, (agree with Gary Wright, above – no relation, I think???).
    And just by the by, I am furious at the “Golden Handshakes”, and lifelong perks given to Ex Members of Parliament, even those who have failed miserably. Somehow we must stop this hideous “robbery” of tax payers money.

  4. Do not agree with Steve. TURNBULL, I think, is at heart left wing and secular; that is believing he is the prodigy of neanderthal man.

  5. How could anyone think that Bill Shorten run the country? He would run the country into the ground and bankrupt it ,in one term of government!!!!

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