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Razer’s Class Warfare: stop loving Malcolm Turnbull

So all you progressives love Malcolm Turnbull. Why, when he’s destroying the NBN and represents the ruling class?

When performer Doc Neeson died at 67 yesterday morning in his sleep at a Sydney hospital, the nation farewelled the memory of a peculiar solidarity. The response “No way, get fucked, fuck off” to his rock liturgy Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? has been mentioned in a hundred obituaries. As it should. Perhaps not since slogans like “unity is strength” fired up labourers in 19th-century trades halls have Australian men and women uttered something so fantastically cranky as one.

Although never an Angels fan, I joined this vengeful Greek chorus once while in high school. It was great. No. It was fucking great. It beats Lord Hear Our Prayer and Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi hands down and even had Neeson not achieved legitimate greatness as a proto-punk hero, this moment alone was enough to elevate me from the class-based loathing of my teenage fellows and this son of Elizabeth to South Australian sainthood.

It is quite easy to forget that Neeson was a punk. Just like Johnny Rotten, he was born of Irish migrants. Just like Malcolm McLaren, he was improved by access to art school. He was a working-class boy educated in the avant-garde in a time when such things were possible and it is hardly his fault that Triple M occluded his wild colonial spirit with its Coca Cola give-aways.  But it is our fault, I think, that we fail to see all that was good and important about such performers as we think of them these days as “bogan”.

For a time in Australia, it was not publicly acceptable to disparage others on the basis of their class. This may have been out of fear that someone who looked like Mark Latham would break your arm and but I suspect it was chiefly the result of social policy that allowed, for example, certain young migrants from Elizabeth to learn about Jean-Luc Godard at university and go on to form profitable punk bands. Whatever the case, there was a time, which coincided with my adolescence, where anyone who used a term like “westie” did so only in abject snobbery and the interests of the ruling class.

[Turnbull] wants you to pay for a good road to your door.”

Now, of course, it’s fine not only to say “bogan” but to do so in the apparent interests of advancing progressive ideals.

On Monday, Crikey’s Bernard Keane analysed recent findings of the Essential Report on preferred political leaders. If we don’t count the very popular “someone else” choice as prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull is the resolute fan favourite. He’s really not a bogan.

The man who likely gainsaid his own green credentials in a Solomon Islands logging deal and put an end to the great infrastructure build of the NBN  is beloved by Green and ALP voters. In an era of “check your privilege,” it seems that the dapper Turnbull is far too well-groomed to be required to check his. While it is true that he chooses to accessorise with a few neutral items from a progressive grab-bag like the Republic and same-sex marriage, it is not true that he is a minister who gives half an apparent shit for making his portfolio work in the lives of non-corporate Australians. Let’s set aside for the moment the sheer financial irresponsibility of a man whose policies will doom us to the expensive maintenance of copper wire and prevent a nation in industrial freefall from learning from the South Korean national program, and just think about the NBN in the most basic progressive terms. This guy wants you to pay for a good road to your door.

Somehow, though, the silver fox is largely seen by progressives as a viable alternative to Abbott. This is despite the fact that he can claim no real ideological distinction and, in fact, should really — given that he “invented” the internet in Australia — should and does know better about the economic and social value of the abandoned NBN.

What Greens voters are thinking is largely beyond me. As a progressive voter, I would certainly nominate Senator Cory Bernardi as my preferred Coalition leader. That guy, in advertising the contents of the stinking box, makes the buggers far less electable. But, in the eagerness progressive voters have to distance themselves from the “bogan”, they are happy to embrace the ruling class.

It has largely been older Australians eulogising Neeson best. These are people who can remember there being no distinction between The Angels and The Saints; for non-rock-snobs, the glorious Brisbane band who can lay claim to recording the world’s first punk single. These are people who can remember the possibility of a nation which did not eschew the cultural traditions of the working class and was not so silly as to lay blame for ruling class ideology in the mouths of those who would shout “no way, get fucked, fuck off”.

The 2005 Cronulla riots were, of course, an atrocity. But the way in which these images still function to demonise the “bogan” rather than to illuminate the racist ideas absolutely manufactured by the political class allows an ongoing crisis evidenced in the Essential Poll and felt in every ALP branch meeting.

In the absence of any other plan that would re-unify a party that cannot reconcile its trade union principles with its progressive ideals, I would suggest that at the next national conference that the idea of “bogan” as bad be done away with and they sing together as one, “unity is strength no way get fucked fuck off”.

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  • 1
    klewso
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I can’t say as I ever started?

  • 2
    grubbidok
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Helen for finally laying into the myth that Turnbull is interested in progressive ideals beyond gay marriage and republicanism.

    While people have been fawning over his fauxgressive ways (particularly the Bolt fight) he’s been supporting budget measures, said the ABC and SBS need more cuts and continued dismantling the NBN.

    Add to this Utegate, the fact that he utterly capitulate and voted against climate change action to remain ‘inline with the LNP’ and his merchant banker ideology I wonder how dire politics must be that people think he is the great last hope of progressive politics.

    I can’t see how he would be any better than what we currently have. The Greens and ALP should realise their Malcolm fantasies for what they are… Utter fantasy

  • 3
    Joe Magill
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Although I’m a left of centre voter, I do not, as you suggest, have any time for Mr Turnbull. Here is a member of a government which trashes our international reputation, whether it relates to asylum seeker or climate change policies, which has an absolutley inhumane policy on the treatment of refugees, which abandons the motor vehicle manufacturing sector AND abandons the most urgent industry infrastructure program - the NBN - which is essential for an alternative manufacturing future. He’s a compliant member of a government which abandons science, picks winners by deciding that medical research will be our primary research endeavour leaving every other research field short of funds, and which creates huge uncertainty in education, the most important sector for long term social improvement. He is part of a government which in very short time has been able to destroy the relationship with our nearest neighbour and build a close relationship with the Sri Lankan government, regarded by many other countries as discredited given its human rights record. He is part of a government which cuts a couple of hundred thousand dollars from a largely volunteer asylum seeker support organisation while donating a million to a ballet school.

    Mr Turnbull is a member of this government, sits in cabinet and is party to all the decisions. His participation clearly declares his agreement. If he disagrees he can resign from parliament, sit on the backbench or on the cross benches. As long as he is a member of this government he will go down in history as an active participant. And for that reason I see no reason why anyone should consider him as somehow separate from this backward looking government.

  • 4
    JennyWren
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Like Palmer, Turnbull is only in this parliament for personal gain, another notch to his belt so to speak. (Possibly competing with Lucy? Now there’s a thought!) Self interest is there is.
    Put into that context his actions are thoroughly in character. He doesn’t give a stuff about the big picture or where Australian society is heading.
    I am a Green and do not like him, never have and have no time for his ilk.

  • 5
    cairns50
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    fantastic article, thank you

  • 6
    paddy
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Actually Helen, Malcolm Turnbull isn’t even vaguely dapper any more. As each day passes, he’s slowly morphing into a moth eaten version of the man he’ll eventually replace in the Liberal pantheon. Philip Ruddock.
    Alex Ellinghausen’s brilliant photo speaks volumes.
    http://tinyurl.com/nczs9l3

  • 7
    zut alors
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    He’s intelligent and has the skill to charm however Turnbull sold his soul by agreeing to b@stardise Rudd’s NBN which would’ve been to fellow Australians’ advantage in the long term.

    At the end of his ministerial communications career Turnbull will have nothing of which to boast but plenty to regret.

  • 8
    klewso
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I just think it’s funny how he reacts to what Labor has been copping for years, while he’s been giggling and defending “Murdoch’s Right” to be so partisan with his dominance of our hard-copy media, feeding the trolls across the rest of the media, to spread his influence?
    And after the way Murdoch/Steve Lewis helped him out with Utegate?

  • 9
    Recalcitrant.Rick
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I agree, the best leader of the Libs is clearly Corey Bernardi.
    As to Turnbull, again, I agree, He may have once appealed to me for his positioning on those things you mentioned, but he has soiled his pants completely with the NBN etc. and his complete capitulation/acceptance of the crap coming out of the mouths of this bunch of Randian Ratbags! So, Malcolm, in the spirit of the day, I’d like to say, no way. get fucked, FUCK OFF!

  • 10
    klewso
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Then there was his largess with our $tax whilst Howard’s “Minister for Rain Dances” - giving a relative of Murdoch’s, and his Russian pals, 10 “limon” for a shower or two?

    He might be intelligent, under it all, but so much of him is so self-absorbed, it’s hard to tell?

  • 11
    Di Keller
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Someone actually telling what it is , rather who Malcolm Turnbull is . :) Thank You !!

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    DiddyWrote
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    As a progressive voter, I would certainly nominate Senator Cory Bernardi as my preferred Coalition leader. That guy, in advertising the contents of the stinking box, makes the buggers far less electable.”

    What about Christopher Pyne? He’s like electoral ebola.

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    Kerry Glover
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Is this some kind of joke? When Helen Razer was part of JJJ, they wouldn’t touch any new Angels music, or pay them due respect for their past achievements, or even acknowledge that The Angels helped break many new many independent with opening spots on huge Australian pub and club tours. From Boys Next Door to Powderfinger to Hard Ons, they got huge exposure to new audiences thanks to The Angels.

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    Bob's Uncle
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Abbott says one thing and does another - but there is a certain consistency to his lies which makes him predictable. People turned to him at the last election more in exasperation than hope.

    Turnbull on the other hand is two-faced in a far more dangerous way. To hear progressive friends fawn over him even while they lament the loss of the NBN and the Coalition’s dry economic conservatism is both baffling and frightening.

  • 15
    Dianne Longson
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    While I found this an interesting opinion article, it seems to me that Ms Razer and others have missed the point of the Labor voters’ selection of “the silver fox” as the preferred liberal leader. While 37% is considerably higher than anyone else received, it is hardly a love affair. “someone else” and “I don’t know” got more votes together than MT did. I think that is significant; what that told me, and should alert the Liberal powers that be, is there is no depth in the Liberal Party and probably no-one that would appeal enough to someone like me that would cause me, a swinging voter, to vote for the LP in the next election.
    The vote also doesn’t mean he is their preferred PM. It simply indicates that for whatever reason, he is the only man currently available within the party that they see as possibly being OK as a the Liberal Leader.
    As you note, he is quintessentially “ruling class”, an issue if ever there was one for those back toward the centre and the left. Also you make an interesting point about Cory Bernardi - one I happen to agree with. He would be a great leader from my perspective because he would ensure the LP lost.

  • 16
    zut alors
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Paddy, thanks for the link. ‘moth eaten’ - you’re terrible, Muriel.

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    zut alors
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Bernardi is in the wrong chamber to be eligible as leader - but almost anybody on Abbott’s front bench would achieve the same electoral glee for the Opposition. Julie Bishop would guarantee a home goal for the LNP.

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    Mark out West
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Here is the TARIQ AZIZ of the LNP

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    Jeremy Gaynor
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Well….what a pile of bile…head kicking this guy is the definition of pointlessness.
    This government needs time to roll out its malignancy…time for Middle Australia to see the distorted priorities…Malcolm isn’t the enemy…he has got the NBN wrong…and his market mates are rubbing their hands together waiting for the spoils to flow…by let’s face it…this is the government of mining and finance capital….thanks Mitch Hook…thanks Nick Minchin….
    Not Malcolm Turnbll.

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    crikey david
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    As a progressive voter, I would certainly nominate Senator Cory Bernardi as my preferred Coalition leader.”

    I used to advocate Tony Abbott under the same logic, I felt that given his declared views he would be completely unacceptable to the Australian public…

  • 21
    Andybob
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Paddy and Mark out West have forever altered my image of Young Malcolm.

    I don’t think he’s in Parliament for personal gain in the same sense as Palmer, although Kerry Packer once warned against standing between Malcolm and a bucket of money. I think he wants power. Like a Japanese TV game show contestant it is entertaining watching what he will put up with to get it.

    What would he do with power ? Not sure. It’s pretty hard to judge what politicians are going to do these days. Look at Chris Pyne (no go on) he offered a prediction about deregulated uni fees recently, but can’t even accurately predict his own actions based on his pre-election statements.

  • 22
    Graeski
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I prefer diarrhoea to cancer.

    That doesn’t mean I want diarrhoea.

  • 23
    Helen Razer
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    @Kerry Glover Although the content policy of a past employer of mine has little-to-no bearing on my respect for Doc Neeson, you’re actually not correct, here. When I was at Triple J, the policy was very much to ignore the distinction between ‘westie’ and ‘punk’. It’s true we didn’t play much new Angels music but this was chiefly to do with the fact that they engaged an audience much older than our target of 18-24. We did play the Screaming Jets, Silverchair, Rage Against the Machine, Baby Animals, Diesel and any number of then young bands who appealed to the s-called ‘bogan’.
    If Mikey Robins, who played Newcastle pub music any chance he got to be near the CD player, sees this, he will certainly afford you a spirited rebuttal. “Calling out” Triple J as a place that ignored working class oz rock in the 90s is not only pointless in this case. It’s just plain wrong.

  • 24
    Russell
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    What Greens voters are thinking is largely beyond me.”

    Really Helen? Greens voters come from the same demographic as Liberal voters. In NSW they either live (or their parents did) in the wealthy eastern, inner west and northern suburbs of Sydney. They are Anglo, professional, affluent and educated. Why shouldn’t they have the same attitudes, get off on dissing westie “brogans” and admire the same “dapper” politician?

    Anyway, I wonder if Greens voters are even “progressive”. Issues dislike gay marriage are just property rights. And where I live the only things Greens get agitated about are (property value) Nimby issues.

  • 25
    Russell
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    sorry: “issues like gay marriage…”

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    Scott Grant
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I agree with the assessment of Malcolm. I had thought that, as one of the few in parliament who was not a career politician, he might bring the occasional bit of sense to a group of people who routinely lose touch with reality. Despite his corporate background, I saw him as an intelligent and thoughtful outsider in that environment, who retained some sense of decency. Yet if he ever had those qualities, he has certainly lost them. Politics appears to have corrupted him. Or maybe he was always that way.

    Another link between pub rock in 1980 and current political discussion is “the dole”. I think we really did have a flowering of musical talent in the late seventies to early eighties, for a variety of reasons. One, in my personal experience, was “the dole”, a de-facto subsidy for pub and would-be pop musicians, given the impossibility of actually making a living out of playing music, for most musicians. Even successful bands, with charting singles, were far from wealthy. Most simply hoped to pay off the debt advanced by the record companies. For those without record sales or contracts, the dole subsidy was an essential. I don’t know, but I would guess that bands like The Angels and Cold Chisel and INXS started out that way.

    I doubt if this bohemian lifestyle has been possible for many years, and certainly not now.

    I saw The Angels live for the first time in 1979 and was absolutley blown away by the experience. For a few years I worked as a roadie for a touring band and had the opportunity to see most of the major acts of the era. I saw The Angels many times and they remained the only band that could drag this jaded roadie out of the backstage area to witness the performance. The passing of Doc Neeson leaves me feeling sad for several reasons, not least my lost youth.

  • 27
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    We also must remember that Turnbull was Australian head of Goldman-Sachs when the seeds of the GFC, THE BIGGEST HEIST IN HISTORY, were being sown by that company. What does Turnbull know of those plans, and what involvement did he have in them? These questions are never asked, and I think it is important to know of his involvement, as the GFC has impoverished each and every one of us….oh except for those who caused it…they did very well out of it.

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    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Not before time has someone written an excellent critique of the Liberal Party’s eminence noir, Malcolm Turnbull.

    Gay marriage and the ill-fated Republic were a fairly safe bet for Malcolm. In as much as time seemed to favour these choices. However, with unerring inaccuracy, Turnbull went for the dross of outmoded technology-copper wiring-onto an idea of vital importance to a would be advanced nation emerging from our nineteenth century cringe and curtsey to foreign countries.

    Helen Razer’s ‘progressives’ should not be a surprise to her. These are the sort of people who have always had an uncanny ability to fall for one of their own kind.

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    klewso
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I do like the sounds he can make with a Tony Jones Tin-whistle though - by just blowing smoke up his arse.

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    Draco Houston
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    I keep seeing people suggest he go join the ALP >:|

    Turnbull is easily frustrated and would be 1 utegate away from a spill. I don’t think he’d fare any better than the other idiots on the front bench

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    David Hand
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Someone on a recent Q&A opined that Turnbull should be in the Labor party though I can’t understand how he could possibly fit into the political wing of the union movement.

    Turnbull is a classic Liberal and my kind of guy. The fact that the Crikey crypt despises him is in my view a badge of honour.

    As for the NBN, Razer’s view that “(Turnbull) does know better about the economic and social value of the abandoned NBN.”, shows that we should respect his expertise. Conroy’s NBN is an albatross already in the face of the Telstra roll out of WIFI to service the inevitable shift to wireless broadband - something the NBN’s last kilometre to the home is not needed for.

    Of course the left should stop loving Turnbull. He’s not one of you nor will he ever be.

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    zut alors
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    David Hand, one suspects your negative remarks re the NBN come from someone who has no access to it. I have & am in a fortunate position to comment that most of Australia is in the process of being dudded.

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    Russ Hunter
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for bringing up the NBN Helen, if in a small way.

    Anyone else noticed the lack of media interest/scrutiny in Turnbull’s actions since the election: ditching speed promises and the promise of fibre-to-the-node NBN in favour of a mixed technology dog’s breakfast? And without waiting for completion of the cost-benefit analysis underway. I havn’t heard any expert say anything good about it.

    It smells very bad to me but I hear almost nothing in the MSM. I think Australia’s getting screwed.

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    Kfix
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    David Hand, have you actually read and retained anything about Telstra’s WiFi rollout? The way that all the WiFi sites will be connected to the internet is….. the NBN. Most of the vaunted millions of WiFi sites will be from home routers connected to the NBN. It’s a pretty good idea on Telstra’s part in many ways, but it relys on the NBN. Just like Turnbull’s popularity relys on the idiots who buy foolish arguments about how wireless is somehow going to replace the need for wired connections.

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    Russ Hunter
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    David Hand. You want us to “respect [Turnbull’s] expertise” on the NBN (and yours, apparently). You may have missed the point that it’s his expertise that makes his actions more questionable/culpable. You want us to trust Turnbull? And defer to you?

    No wonder you take issue with Crikey. People who think for themselves and listen to experts must present you with some problems.

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    Dogs breakfast
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Ok, just a few (hundred) things.

    First, David Hand,wow, writing something sensible, and then I read the rest of the sentence. In short, wifi, is not an option, it’s the thing that hangs off the NBN. No NBN, no wifi, ultimately.

    Re Turnbull, I don’t for a second think that Malcolm actually believes that the Libs policy on brodaband is a good idea. Surely he knows that the NBN, full bottle, is the way to go. He is restrained by his party, that’s just reality.

    And finally, I clearly remember being called a ‘bank’, short for Billy bankstowner, which was code for ‘westie back in the glory days of the mid 70’s. It was probably Kathy Lette, or one of her equally profound numpties, immortalised in that egregious show based on her book. That was reality only for a very tiny group of blonde nothing from the shire.

    Hell, I lived at Hurstville, and ‘bankstowner’, aka westie, was a well known and used term back in the 70’s. Only the term has changed.

  • 37
    Buddy
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Razer we don’t often agree, but on this we are as one. Turnbull is, was and will continue to be a hard core blue tie wearing conservative.

  • 38
    floorer
    Posted Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    You’ve nailed it Razer. Great work.

  • 39
    Graham R
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Well said on Turnbull. Cognitive dissonance by many Progressives is at work here.

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    Helen Razer
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    @David Hand. “WiFi”.
    Lol how do u even Internet?

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    AR
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Bullturn showed his probity after the Republic referendum when he said “This PM (the Rodent) will go down in history as the man who broke Australia’s heart”. Shortly thereafter and, following a very nasty unseating of the local MP (an even more vacuous non-entity than Health Minister Dunnuttin),was in Parliament and a year later was the aforesaid Rodent’s Parliamentary Private Secretary.
    Having demonstrated further his probity and appalling judgement with Goblin Wretch in Utegate he supported Krudd’s banker benefitting ETS and… ‘nuff sed.
    As to tory leader, I say “GO, Borey Cretinadi!”.

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    David Hand
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    You’re right Zut.
    I’m years away from getting fibre to the home and would be even if Conroy was still running it. I am not fortunate enough to live in a marginal Tasmanian electorate. Or Tony Windsor’s seat. Or Adam Bandt’s.

    Telstra’s WIFI will give access in community areas to service the millions of people who get their internet through mobile devices. Not everyone sits in their suburban home wanting to download movies in 5 seconds. Speed is not everything. Convenience and mobility matters too and Telstra has seen a business opportunity in doing so.

    Why are you all so enamoured with fibre going that last few hundred metres when I’ll be most of you connect through mobile devices even today - something the last kilometre of fibre- most of the cost of Conroy’s model - is not needed for?

    This isn’t about the NBN. It’s about Conroy’s ridiculously expensive fibre to the home crusade, something a lot Australians don’t need because they’re mobile.

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    pritu
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Next leader of the Liberal party: The one and only Dorothy Umbridge!

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    Nevil Kingston-Brown
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    What these figures are is proof that a sizeable portion of the Greens voting base are not the watermelons they are always accused of being.
    Rather, they are expressing the preferences of their class interests, which are small-l liberal all the way - free markets, including labour markets, backed by government action correcting non-market distortions and market failure (e.g. prejudice against minorities, global warming, anachronistic power structures). The Greens’ well paid, metrosexual, multi-ethnic and tertiary educated support base would do very well in such a regulatory environment. Someone who claims to be able to apply class analysis (like Helen) should be able to recognise that.

    As for the NBN, people should remember that a few years ago it was popular opinion that Turnbull was given the job of destroying the NBN as a punishment. Like any lawyer he can argue a brief that he doesn’t believe in. That’s all.

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    tonyfunnywalker
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    You are right Helen, Turnbull has a murkey past and has gained popularity not because he was a good leader its because everyone was else is so BAD, Abbott included. As inexcusable as the ” attack ” from Bolt and Jones and the merits of Turnbull’s spirited response it is really a storm in a teacup - but its motivations are bizzare. It was not about Palmer - its a culmination of Turnbull’s “aside” on a media mogul living overseas, his open refusal to support any changes to the RRA. Dinner was an unguarded faut pas giving the opportunity for a bewildering personal attack on a triviality blown up to be seen as disloyalty.
    Perhaps Turnbull has been reticent for Media reform and thus stifling the grwoth if the News Ltd Monopoly - his robust defence of the ABC suggests that this is likely. The infamous ” Dictator” pillorimng of Conroy is a stark reminder of how deep into the sewer of malevolence that the shock jocks and their masters will stoop for market power and profit. The key issue in the Turnbull/ Jones /Bolt diatribe was the reference to media profitability and that is what this is all about. Its designed to get Turnbull out of Communication and on the back bench and as Abbott’s office is already bespoken to the IPA and Murdoch the stakes are high.
    So high to risk a budget that will be decimated in the Senate - and Jones is continuing the attack on Palmer.
    For once the media must take itself out of ” Big Brother and Game of Thrones ” fantasy” and realise that there needs to be budget and taxation reform — but this is now in the bin for 9 years. The perversions of an out of touch media mogul and his disciples both in the US and locally is a reality that the LNP like the Republicans in the US need to get to grips with and soon.

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    drsmithy
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    We also must remember that Turnbull was Australian head of Goldman-Sachs when the seeds of the GFC, THE BIGGEST HEIST IN HISTORY, were being sown by that company.

    Exactly.

    Turnbull is an acolyte of the school that brought the world to the brink of economic armageddon, and now seems determined to finish the job and tip it over the edge.

    On top of which he has been publicly stating how, as a member of Liberal party, he wholeheartedly supports all policy (despite much of it being in direct contradiction to many previous statements and acts).

    He cannot be trusted.

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    drsmithy
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Why are you all so enamoured with fibre going that last few hundred metres when I’ll be most of you connect through mobile devices even today - something the last kilometre of fibre- most of the cost of Conroy’s model - is not needed for?

    All of my mobile devices are capable of speed far in excess of the typical (or even atypical) broadband connection.

  • 48
    fractious
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    So all you progressives love Malcolm Turnbull”

    Wrong. Most of us voted “who gives a fuck”. If we voted at all.

    What does need analysis is why so many churnalists love foisting so many articles about this facade of a man on us.

  • 49
    Pippa Tandy
    Posted Saturday, 7 June 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Never liked him. He fucked up the Republican project. He should just resign from politics as a total failure and never bother us again.

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    Bertie
    Posted Sunday, 8 June 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    The Adolf Eichmann of the Liberal Party, prepared to disown his own thinking to follow and indeed defend the class warfare policies of The Party …..

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