Mar 9, 2018

Hinch’s Senate Diary: Malcolm better hope that life begins at 30

The PM is heading towards 30 failed opinion polls, so he'd better start squaring up for the inevitable midnight visit from the ghost of Abbott, writes Senator Derryn Hinch.

Derryn Hinch — Senator

Derryn Hinch


This sounds crude, and I am loath to use the vernacular, but maybe, finally, the time has come for Malcolm Turnbull to “grow a pair”.  

He’s ticking away, inevitably, to losing Newspolls 29 and 30 — which he used as a major excuse for knifing Tony Abbott. And, even though Abbott was a dead man walking, he and his 2GB barrackers aren’t even waiting for the last two shoes to drop before white-anting the PM. That’s why it is not so far-fetched for the PM to invite a challenge: “Come and get me”. (Remember the time when Prime Minister Abbott almost lost to an empty chair?)

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11 thoughts on “Hinch’s Senate Diary: Malcolm better hope that life begins at 30

  1. Matt Frater

    Well… it does seem as if the exact number of possible Adani jobs is under dispute somewhat.

  2. John Donovan

    “he is still their best chance in the apparently Sisyphean challenge called the 2019 federal election.”

    Why is this Sysyphean? Sysyphean is a task that cannot be completed as it is recurring. Winning a single election is a finite binary task.

    1. Woopwoop

      He meant Herculean.

  3. old greybearded one

    Senator Cash has suckered you all Derryn. She should have been answering serious questions about the management of her office and why they knew about the AFP raid to be able to tell the press. Relevant staff seem to have vanished. Rather than being made to face up she was able to chuck a Trump Tantie and distract attention from the main game. What bloody Adani jobs BTW? There are way more in the tourist industry and agriculture.

  4. AR

    Unpleasant as is the H/H I hadn’t realised that he imagines himself to be the Human Centipede – one who waits for his “last two shoes to drop” or does that apply only to the vermin at HateRadio?
    The cliche, since such seem to be his sole form of writing, is “waiting for the other shoe to drop” – most people having just the two – and means the approach of something, first one step… then waiting for tuther.
    JohnD has dealt with his failure to grok Sisyphus’ task.
    Him just doan do nuance, do ‘ee?

  5. York City

    What’s “Foggy Bottom” ?

    1. AR

      Just another H/H failure to modify or eschew his cliched scribbling.
      It generally is used in the Benighted States to refer to Washington, having been built in a swampy, foetid region, miasma ib summer, fog the rest of the year.
      He has previously used ‘Beltway’ – another cliche for inner Washington – to mean insider Canberra.
      Why Crikey continues to publish his rubbish is beyond the understanding of many.

    2. Paul Guy

      Foggy Bottom is the riverside area in Washington DC where the US State Department is located.

    3. York City

      Thanks. I thought it might have been a lurid reference to his feather duster. He’s still a dickhead though.

  6. kyle Hargraves

    The Libs have the same problem in Oz as the Conservatives have in the UK. The #1 priority is NOT to “make it worse”. The perceived maverickisms of May were considered a strength until they became a reality and now they are deemed a very real liability. The same might be said for Turnbull.

    For years Turnbull had discussions with Hawke, Keating and others and with the Libs as to what Party he might throw his hat into. To some extent, similar to (the late) Fraser, he is a frustrated Labourite of the extreme right (if that isn’t an oxymoron). Turnbull really doesn’t fit in with the Libs (the
    coin and the glamour notwithstanding) and neither did Fraser.

    There is the option to “spill” May but the resistance to do so rests upon no one having a sufficiently accurate crystall ball to forecast the result or consequences – viz.; NOT “making it worse”. The Libs have the same problem! Within the Libs there are no shortage of hatchet-men and ditto for the UK. It is only a question of degree (nowadays) with Labor. Historically “spilling” was regarded as bad form within Labor circles; but no such restraint exists now.

    It makes for an interesting case study or as G.B. Shaw might have reiterared “those who can : do; those who can’t …” Although Turbull is the wealthiest MP in Parliament he is also among the most (or perhaps the most) intelligent of men but given his governance from inception one would be excused for not making the connection.

    His principal strenght may have resided with the defense of the late Peter Wright (of MI6 fame) but [perhaps his principal failing appeared over the Republican project when he (Turnbull) insisted that the President be selected by (and only by) Parliament. When that proposal went “the wrong way” Turnbull, overnight, lost interest in the entire initiative!

    Perhaps Turbull really does believe that people are dickheads (by defending the un-defendable (e.g. comments on Joyce, (no bonking in the office etc. enforceable would anyone claim?) Cash et al – two major blunders in six months – each that warrant a resignation or a firing) and in this regard he may be more right than wrong. But even if people are dickheads that doesn’t necessarily make them gullible or fools. It seems to me that this consideration, or rather its absence, amounts to Turnbulls second major failing. Perhaps he was right the first time (during the late 80s) – he just isn’t suited to politics (anymore than was Hewson). It is a dirty game where one has either to get down to the level of an idiot or “rise above it” and not give a damn (in regard to media or Party) more frequently than what one might suppose. Given the disposition to apologising for apoligising the former course could be easier for most.

    1. Innocent Bystander

      Turnbull’s only advantage is that has he no electorally palatable competition.
      The joint party meetings must be really jolly at the moment.

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