Malcolm Turnbull is ever helpful, always making sure Australians understand the real issues. He has become famous for his “Malsplains” — a particular subset of mansplaining wherein the Prime Minister explains basic things to Australians as if they are idiots. Herewith, a list of things Turnbull has Malsplained to us this election.

1. The weather

“This was a storm, [stutters] a cloud that dropped 200mm of rain in a very short time on Picton — that’s what happened — and so this is storm damage, these waters have caused by that extraordinary downpour.”

June 7, 2016 Turnbull explains his definition of a storm in Tasmania for the insurance industry, which might look for ways to deny compensation for those affected by the floods in Tasmania.

“Attributing any particular event to climate change is just not sustainable. But there is no question that we live in the land of droughts and flooding rains. And fires too.”

June 9, 2016 On viewing Tasmania’s flood damage. Perhaps the way Australia is addressing, or not addressing climate change isn’t sustainable?

2. Elections in other countries

“It is important for prime ministers and presidents for that matter, and those who seek to hold that role in our country, to bear in mind that the election in the United States is a matter for the Americans.”

May 27, 2016 This is Turnbull’s attempt to say he is very focused on the Australian election after he was asked for his assessment of Donald Trump, following Bill Shorten’s comment saying he was “barking mad”. Luckily, Turnbull was able to explain that only Americans can vote in the American election.

“What’s going to happen with the vote in the UK? Is Britain going to leave the European Union? We don’t know. They could. They might make that decision. There are many risks and uncertainties.”

June 16, 2016 Turnbull addresses the challenges to economic growth with more questions.

3. His own career

“I come to this role as prime minister and as a member of Parliament, not from a career in politics, working as a staffer or working from a trade union.”

May 29, 2016 An attempt at being down to Earth during a debate with Shorten. He continued on to explain he only came to Parliament at the age of 50 after running businesses with his wife.

4. Parliamentary democracy

“There is a direct link between holding our seats and returning to government.”

June 3, 2016 The PM was desperate to have Jamie Briggs returned as the member for Mayo after he lost his seat for misbehaviour. And why? Because, as the PM rightly notes, the Coalition will only be returned if it holds the seats it has.

5. Ramadan

“For Muslims, Ramadan is the holiest month of the year — a time for charity, for remembering the less fortunate in society and a time for personal reflection and renewal.”

June 6, 2016 This was Turnbull’s “warmest greetings” to Muslims for Ramadan. We are not sure they need to be told why their celebration is important.

6. Poverty

“OK, can I just make this point to you: if you are on a low income, a lower income, then you are likely to have a lower balance in your super account — correct?”

June 17, 2016 Yes, (Prime) Minister. Turnbull was speaking with with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell on the government’s proposed changes to superannuation. The comment concerned transition to retirement schemes and Turnbull’s belief low-income earners should put money into, not pull it out of their accounts.

7. The opposition

“Well it should concern all of us that the Labor Party, you know which is the opposition — the alternative government — is spending so much time telling such absurd lies.”

June 21, 2016 Making sure Territory FM’s Daryl Manzie understands who’s in government and why they should stay.

Peter Fray

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