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Et tu Malcolm Turnbull. You are expecting too much of the Australian People.

September 18, 2015

Et tu Malcolm Turnbull. You are expecting too much of the Australian People.

In an extremely disappointing and self-serving move, Malcolm Turnbull ambushed a serving Prime Minister to take his job.

The is the same Turnbull who just a few years ago strongly condemned the Labor Party for doing the same thing to their own first term Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. How Turnbull condemned the actions of the faceless party machine that installed Julia Gillard. It was to Turnbull, the Liberal Party and the general public an act of underhanded betrayal of the Prime Minister. How awful and mean. How deceptive and conniving. How close, did it seem, to a coup in some third rate banana republic. This was deemed to be so horrific that Prime Minister Gillard could never live down her reputation as the Lady Macbeth of the Labor Party.

At the time of Kevin Rudd’s removal Turnbull stood up in Parliament and had this to say:

I will never forget the day that you gave your press conference following your removal as Leader of the Labor Party by your colleagues. It is etched in my memory. It was one of the cruellest moments I have ever witnessed.

Further adding:

The betrayal of you as leader of your party was one of the most shocking events I have ever witnessed, and I would think any of us have ever witnessed, in politics—the scale of it. The idea that the man who had won, in this presidential campaign, an election against John Howard was then going to be disposed of, discarded like another course on a lazy Susan in a Vietnamese restaurant—the cruelty of it was extraordinary

A modest bounce in the polls toward the government seems to be enough to have justified Turnbull’s knifing of the serving Prime Minister.

Turnbull may be thinking that they have gotten away with one the most flagrant acts of political betrayal in modern Australian history but unlike Gillard his own words condemn him further. Conservative talkback radio host Alan Jones has played the speech above several times to his audience. Turnbull’s supporters must be cringing every time it is played.

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