A Crikey reader reports Malcolm
Turnbull was seen wandering through the foyer of 101 Collins Street
about 10:45am yesterday looking tired and vacant. We can probably
explain why. Malcolm is working hard on his man of the people image and
committed to attend a function on Wednesday night in Melbourne’s outer
east for new Liberal member for Latrobe, Jason Wood, a NSW-born former Victorian copper.

Malcolm’s plane was delayed by fog and he missed his pick-up from
Melbourne airport. Not to be denied, Malcolm decided to sample the
franchised Melbourne rail system and hopped a train from Spencer Street
station all the way to Narre Warren, Melbourne’s equivalent of Penrith
in Sydney.

The timetable here
shows that this is a one hour journey and poor old Malcolm only made it
to the last few minutes of the function. However, it’s the thought and
effort that counts and if Malcolm is ever having a tilt at a leadership
position he would certainly have a better chance of securing Jason
Wood’s vote after Wednesday night’s effort.

Some of Malcolm’s
critics thought his perceived arrogance, wealth and establishment
credentials would count against him given the often unremarkable
backgrounds of most Liberal MPs in the federal Parliament. Catching the
train to Narre Warren shows just how hard he is trying to get to know
the backbench while showing a common touch.

The lad presumably
hopped a cab or scored a lift back into town on Wednesday night and on
Thursday morning visited the more familiar surrounds of 101 Collins Street,
Melbourne’s tower of power which houses the likes of Macquarie Bank,
Goldman Sachs-JB Were, Credit Suisse, Freehills, Blake Dawson Waldron,
Michael Kroger and Solly Lew, to name a few.

Peter Fray

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