Australian Prime Minister is very rich!
Less well known, PM Malcolm Turnbull’s also very sensitive about advertising the extent of his wealth. For example, he was very reluctant to disclose just how much he personally donated to his own re-election.
Since wresting the Liberal leadership from Abbott (by promising NOT to pursue any of his leftie causes, eg his sensible acceptance of Global Warming, acceptance of the need for Renewable Energy, advocacy for an Australian Republic and support for Same Sex Marriage) , Mal’s performances in the ‘bear-pit’ of Parliament have been more Winnie the Pooh than vicious Grizzly.
But episodes like
- Health Minister Sussan Ley’s whimsical $790,000 unit-buying side trip while claiming Travel Alowance, followed by her standing aside from Cabinet and eventually quitting and
- Resignation of Right Wing, ultra Conservative Cory Bernardi.
stymied any chance of Mal appearing to be in charge of his party, best demonstrated by looking at the faces of those on his side of the Parliament.
While it should have been aimed at Bill opposite him in the Chamber, the performance was entirely for the benefit of his real enemies, those behind him.
Sadly, Mal is afflicted with excessive, even obscure, verbosity (uses big, unnecessary words – aka MALsplaining).
So it was when he tried to insult Bill, (referring to him as a sycophant instead of simply a suck-up), Mal chose the very obscure “Cristal” reference (thrown like an epithet), instead of just saying ‘champagne tastes’.
For all his eloquence Mal can’t even lower himself enough to hurl everyday insults.
Those MPs seated behind and ‘rusted-on Liberals’ generally might be impressed by his sudden change of demeanor. But his ugly attack on someone from ‘below stairs’ who has the gall to aspire to Mal’s circle, will further alienate him from ALP supporters and possibly many of Howard’s ‘aspirationals’.
The real test will be how his vicious, and unnecessarily LOUD monologue goes down with previously swinging voters?
We shall see.