Australian Politics – Prime Minister Turnbull Blunders. Savva Blames Tony Abbott Again

Posted on Thu 12/08/2016 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull first stirs up a backbench revolt by crazily opening the door to form a carbon tax. Then he faces terrible growth figures. So his chief cheerleader, journalist Niki Savva, takes a stick to … former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. But you guessed that, didn’t you?

It really is beyond obsessive:

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Josh Frydenberg … was, probably up until late yesterday, a mate of Tony Abbott…

This week, Frydenberg got drenched. He got a small taste of stormy weather after news leaked that Abbott’s baby, the Green Army, had been axed… Despite Abbott’s dummy-spitting assertions, the decision to abolish the Green Army was taken by the expenditure review committee of cabinet…

One minute Abbott is lecturing the government on the need to double down on budget repair, the next he complains about the axing of one of his pet projects. One minute he is ringing editors-in-chief to get journalists sacked for writing what he doesn’t like, the next he is lecturing the government to move quickly to protect freedom of speech by changing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, something he earlier had decided was not worth doing.

One minute he is promising “no wrecking, no undermining and no sniping” and the next he is saying if he isn’t reappointed to cabinet he will do what grumpy backbenchers do when they don’t get what they want, which is to wreck, undermine or snipe. One minute he is supporting a carbon tax, the next he is its fiercest opponent.

Next thing you know he will be urging Turnbull to reinstate knighthoods, otherwise he can’t be taken seriously as the leader of a centre-right party. Abbott’s interventions, and the predictably feral response to Frydenberg’s announced review were anything but funny.

…. the failure of the Abbott experiment … flawed hero … total disregard for unity ..

Frydenberg announced his cabinet-approved review, another relic of the Abbott era, in a reasonably benign statement …

Oh, and Turnbull was just fantastic. Just blame Josh for a little communications hiccup.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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