Turnbull on the tram. Once again Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took to public transport to prove just how normal he is, hopping on a tram while visiting Melbourne last week. Some expected that once Turnbull made himself at home in the Lodge, he wouldn’t be so free to mix with the general public on trams, trains and ferries, but according to Senate documents, Turnbull can keep his Myki and Opal cards topped up. Senator Catryna Bilyk asked the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet if any “special arrangements” had been made for the PM to use public transport — would they be cleaned before Turnbull touched on? Does he get his own carriage or are the public allowed to sit next to him? In reply, PM&C says no special arrangements are in place for Turnbull to take public transport — so if there’s a pool of vomit in the back of the carriage or a crowd of rowdy schoolkids, our leader is stuck with them like the rest of us. By the look of this photo tweeted by Channel Nine’s Charles Croucher last week, no one cares enough when the PM is on the platform for any special arrangements to be made:
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