After a morning campaigning on the Riviera of Melbourne, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull found himself back in Melbourne for a spot of lunch — we’re sure he needed it after his run in with Melinda, a mum in Melbourne’s south-east who didn’t mince words. Instead of choosing to eat at one of Melbourne’s many fine establishments that are open to the public, Turnbull popped into the men-only Athaneaum Club for a bite. It’s already received some bad press and wasn’t a great look on the day Peta Credlin dubbed him “Mr Harbourside Mansion”.

So why was Turnbull there? Ms Tips has obviously never dined at the Athaneaum, but the top end of Collins Street is home to some of Melbourne’s best restaurants. He wasn’t swinging any votes in that room, so was it just to avoid the press? Or was there a donor to meet with away from prying eyes …?

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Peter Fray
Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey