Who is trying to kill whom?

Most Australians thought that the Libs had killed off Malcolm Turnbull but indefatigable conservative bogger Andrew Bolt has a different take. Turnbull fell on his sword  and resigned to plunge the Libs into disarray, and is now plotting to destroy the Liberal Party.

All because he was abandoned by his mother before he was ten. Brilliant logic Andrew! This is why there is little hope for the Libs to become a broad church again, even with Scott Morrison’s admirable efforts to keep the peace. 


Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, December 6, 2018 6:54am

” It’s now dawning on the Liberals that Malcolm Turnbull wants the Morrison Government dead. Annihilated. Murdered at the next election.

I think Turnbull isn’t just angry at being dumped as prime minister. He deeply, achingly needs the Liberals to now go down in a screaming heap.

That is what’s now behind his rampage to drive out Liberal MPs and force the Morrison Government to an early election he knows would destroy it.

That is why he refused to lift a finger to save his seat of Wentworth at last month’s by-election, but has lobbied to dump conservative MP Craig Kelly and send Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to the High Court.

That is why he is now privately consulting with Liberal enemies — new independent MP Kerryn Phelps, Liberal defector Julia Banks and even Labor leader Bill Shorten.

It seems he’s gone berserk and it stuns me that it’s taken senior Liberals this long to figure out his real game. It’s risky to perform amateur psychoanalysis but Turnbull himself has spoken several times, and movingly, of how his mother walked out on his father and him when he was not yet 10.”


The Conservatives in parliament have been subdued since the leadership spill. They are on the defensive, fearful of losing their own seats at the next election.; but not Andrew Bolt and his ilk. After all, they are not answerable to the public, and can say whatever they chose, whether it is accurate or not. 

The protracted, and bitter tug- of war contest between Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard for leadership of the Labor Party, and the Prime Ministership of Australia, was personality rather than policy driven. Time heals such disagreements, and with new rules for the election of their Leader, Labor is rejuvenated.  

The future of the Liberal Party however is less clear given the intransigence of the more religious Conservatives. Unfortunately their scruples are not restricted to issues of morality the public respects, but extend to other policies they hold with the fervour of religious creeds; issues such as climate change and racial superiority. 

It will be these policies of the Right, and their unbending triumphalist rhetoric, that could undo the Liberals at the next election, not Malcolm Turnbull.. 

About Kenneth Robson

I studied at Adelaide Boys' High School, and the University of Adelaide, Medical School. graduating in 1961. My field of specialisation was Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Prior to establishing my practice in Adelaide, I spent 5 years working in India, and Papua-New Guinea, in the field of reconstructive surgery for leprosy. In retirement I joined the Australian Technical Analyst Association and passed the two examinations for a Diploma inTechnical Analysis, and the designation Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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