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Jordan King-Lacroix looks at the Turnbull Government and is troubled by one thing – the complete lack of a political scapegoat.
It’s been a couple of weeks since new Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took the helm and there’s been a day-to-day question on the tattered essay marked “Unpredictable State of Affairs”. When will the cracks emerge? Seemingly, Turnbull is keeping things on an even keel, so as not to rock the boat to limit further spillage over the bow, but according to Canberra Insiders there’s more to it than that.
“He doesn’t have any enemies,” one Liberal party aide, Jane Pitsolakis, said. “He doesn’t hate immigrants, he doesn’t hate Muslims, he isn’t outspoken against Israel, nor is he violently pro-Palestine. He can be a hard man to figure out.”
This seems to be the prevailing sentiment among the Australian populace. An independently wealthy individual, it seems that Turnbull is not in it for the money. Nor does he approach this job with any particular political agenda, other than the basic Liberal Party lines. He has spoken out against domestic violence, but has backflipped on his same-sex marriage position.
“The only thing I can think of is that he’s in it for the power,” head of the Concerned Citizens Union, Markus Dollinger, said. “And that idea does scare me. But he seems so approachable.”
The Prime Minister’s lack of public gaffes has also left people grasping for what to make of the man. As no one in the party seems to be murmuring yet, it seems he’s safe for now. Which is good for Turnbull and bad for investigative journalists.
“I hate no one, and stand for everyone,” Turnbull allegedly said in a prepared statement to the press. “I have no opinion one way or the other and strongly stand in the middle so as to upset the least people. I want to be your leader, but just enough to keep things smooth sailing.”
Opinion polls have him slated as one of Australia’s most popular Prime Ministers in the last 50 years, due to his complete averageness.
“He is making no sweeping reforms, like Whitlam,” political analyst Troy Maloney said. “Nor is he taking unpopular, but rigid, stands like Howard or Abbott. He’s basically doing nothing. It’s a brilliant political move, he should be praised, if only for his originality!”
Only time will tell what Turnbull has in store for the future and how history will remember him, if at all.