Federal

Dec 12, 2017

Turnbull is showing his stress, and Bennelong is watching

Recent polling has the Liberals nervous about their chances of a clean win in Bennelong. If Turnbull's performance on Q&A is anything to go by, he's expecting to take the bullet.

On Monday's episode of Q&A Malcolm Turnbull let slip on several occasions a demeanor of confected affability when questioning turned to contentious matters, including battles with the right of his party.

Given better polling news for the prime minister personally in the latest Guardian Essential poll that he’s closed a disapproval gap significantly you might have expected a more expansive, less combative Turnbull performance.

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