Bolt ‘deranged’ says Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has called Andrew Bolt ‘deranged’ and ‘unhinged’.

Bolt ‘deranged’ says Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has called Andrew Bolt ‘deranged’ and ‘unhinged’ in response to Mr Bolt’s suggestion that Mr Turnbull is seeking to take over leadership of the Coalition.

In an interview with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday, Mr Bolt suggested that Malcolm Turnbull had his eye on the Prime Minister’s job. Mr Bolt followed up his comments in a column published yesterday, suggesting that Mr Turnbull’s dinner with Clive Palmer last week indicates that Mr Turnbull is getting closer to Mr Abbott’s “natural enemies”, as he gets ready to take over the party leadership.

Mr Turnbull was not impressed, and he responded with the following statement: 

“Now, let me say this: it borders on the demented to string together a dinner with Clive Palmer and my attending, as the Communications Minister, the launch by a cross-party group of Friends of the ABC and say that that amounts to some kind of threat or challenge to the Prime Minister. It is quite unhinged … And I just have to say to Mr Bolt: he proclaims loudly that he is a friend of the Government. Well, with friends like Bolt we don't need any enemies. Thank you.”

It seems that the war of the words is not over yet, with Mr Bolt responding in his column today, “He could have shrugged that off. Instead he abused me as “crazy”, “unhinged” and bordering on the “demented”, and got exactly the coverage he’d expect from such an over-the-top attack.”

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has also criticised Mr Turnbull’s response, saying it was over the top. “I thought that Malcolm's response was too strident, I thought it was inappropriate, it was unwise to do and I think it's just kicked the whole thing along … Andrew is entitled to his opinions, I think he is a very principled man.”

Labor MP Jason Clare asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott whether he supported Mr Turnbull or Mr Bolt in this matter, to which the Prime Minister responded, “In any dispute between a member of my front bench and a member of the fourth estate, I am firmly on the side of my front bencher.”

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Watch Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s response in this video

 

Opinion: Welcome back, Mr Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has been noticeably quiet during the aftermath of the Abbott Government’s first budget. Polls show that Mr Abbott’s own popularity has dropped significantly over the last few weeks, and many people I’ve talked to recently, both from the left and right of politics, were hoping that Mr Turnbull was distancing himself from the budget with a view to taking over the party. Never have I heard so many Greens voters say, “I hope Andrew Bolt is right.”

A change in the leadership now seems unlikely. If Mr Turnbull is planning to take over Mr Abbott’s role (or his supporters are planning it for him), he has damaged his position by coming out so strongly against the idea. It would make him seem like a liar, the very quality which has damaged Mr Abbott’s reputation (also a budget which taxes the poor, but that’s not today’s discussion).

Mr Bernardi’s comments made him sound like a bit of a twit. In one breath he told us that Mr Bolt is entitled to his opinions, while condemning Malcolm Turnbull for sharing his thoughts.

I think the person who came out on top in all of this is Prime Minister Tony Abbott. One of his rivals has vehemently and publically denied any desire to take over the leadership. A reporter’s scaremongering was shot down in front of the cameras. And he should be congratulated for answering a question without qualifying his answer, as he did when he came out in support of his own front bench. It’s a rare act to see in Parliament these days.

What do you think? Should Malcolm Turnbull take over the leadership? Was he right to respond to Andrew Bolt’s comments, or should politicians rise above the scaremongering of the media?





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    btony
    3rd Jun 2014
    9:14am
    Keep your friends close and keep your enemies closer
    particolor
    3rd Jun 2014
    8:30pm
    Keep Your Shirt On and Your Powder Dry !!
    retroy
    3rd Jun 2014
    10:07am
    While I did not like him before he has become more acceptable because he has kept quiet.
    Tony will do the job of getting this country back on its feet and perhaps Malcolm will slide in afterwards to do the mopping up.
    This could be a good strategy to keep labor out at the next election.
    tia-maria
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:07pm
    retroy. KEEP ON DREAMING MATE
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:07am
    Loyal troops are hard to find retroy. No more so than those who voted for this reprehensible government which lied ABOUT EVERYTHING and never ever had any intention of 'fixing the country'. This is just the next slogan from a deceitful government which intends doing little more than transfer money from the poor to the rich. Debt is continuing to rise (have you looked) whilst this bunch of deceitful misfits counts on the public to not see what is going on. It is sad that the 'cattle' who were taken in during the election campaign are still too stupid to see the game: class warfare and the transfer of wealth.
    If you have any doubts (and I doubt that you have) then ask yourself why superannuation benefits (the great tax avoidance scam for the rich) were strengthened for the rich whilst those for average Australians were dropped as soon as Abbott was elected and why the richest amongst us got received a 1.5% reduction in their tax rate in the budget. It is what it is so by all means be a loyal drone. That is what the bastards count on....."saving the country"....yeah right!!
    Blossom
    3rd Jun 2014
    10:29am
    Maybe Mr. Turnbull has had a gut full of Mr. Bolt making such comments once too often and no longer tolerate it. Sometimes the media have a lot to answer for with their behaviour, including TV stations that turn up at Motorsport accidents, want interviews, take photos - including the vehicle (wanted to know where it was) and have the gall to say they woulkd respect the privacy of the victim and his relatives. They were either tipped off or listening into emergency services via scanners.
    Anonymous
    6th Jun 2014
    4:23pm
    I saw nothing wrong with the question Bolt asked Abbott. What is wrong with asking a question. Hear them all the time...I well remember when Gillard was in power and there were constant questions to her about Rudd coming back. I never heard any of the journalists being villified for asking the question.
    What is the big deal? Beats me.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:09am
    Sounds more like Abbott loyal commentators backing their man to cut off anything Turnbull can do to become PM. This is tactics.
    Neeney Doc
    3rd Jun 2014
    10:38am
    A possible distraction from the chop & change / unclear new budget. Takes the heat off the PM but not for long. Let's wait & see events following the coming overseas meetings & then when the new senate sits!
    Jenny
    3rd Jun 2014
    10:57am
    I can't questions and comments made by say I blame any politician for becoming angry when journalists keep stirring the pot with questions and comments like Malcolm has had to deal with over the past couple of days. Bolt has put 2 and 2 together and made a meal of it, and other journos have tried to make a banquet out of it! Malcolm may have over reacted, but that's not unusual when someone has had a gutful. He has said before that he has no aspirations to take over the leadership, so why not leave it alone for now? Maybe down the track somewhere he may change his mind - one can only hope. Journalists seem hell bent on making news out of anything they can scrape up, the grubbing the better.
    Jenny
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:03am
    Sorry, my tablet has a mind of its own. Please strike out the first "questions and comments made by". And grubbing should be grubbier. I have to get used to predictive text.
    doggone
    3rd Jun 2014
    10:59am
    mr bolt's views are so far to the right maybe he is deranged.
    rtrish
    3rd Jun 2014
    12:10pm
    I have suspected before that Mr Bolt might have some sort of personal "issues" which make him be so strident.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:12am
    The personal issues are called being a Liberal Party stoolie, the same as Jones. Both a card carrying liberals doing their job. Perhaps they should be shown the door for bias, but remember that these two are a part of a wider network set up by big business to promote its cause.
    niemakawa
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:12am
    Have to agree with Mr Turnbull. It is most unlikely than he would mount a challenge of any sorts to Mr Abbott. Firstly, Liberals do not usurp a sitting LNP P.M. Leave that type of unscrupulous behaviour to Labor. Secondly, he knows that Mr Abbott has the full support of the Party and the vast majority of the electorate. Thirdly, he understands that the recent budget measures are critical to the Nation's prosperity.
    daz
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:33am
    "Mr Abbott has the full support of the Party and the vast majority of the electorate."
    I don't think so!!! Haven't you seen the current opinion polls.
    MITZY
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:06pm
    If Turnbull is protesting vehemently wishing to be heard loud and clear that he is not undermining Abbott you can almost be positive, HE IS. Politicians are so thick skinned they say and do anything for POWER. You indicate Liberals do not usurp a sitting PM, they may not do it that often, but they do. Menzies and Gorton were deposed by party-room coups. In fact there have been 22 changes of Prime Minister WITHOUT AN ELECTION. Reasons include: defeat in Parliament; party-room coup; vice-regal intervention; death; voluntary departure.
    So, that type of unscrupulous behaviour is prevalent throughout political parties.
    As to Abbott having full support of the party that remains to be seen, and he certainly, at present, doesn't have the love of the electorate. In fact on the eve of going off to promote Australia overseas there has been a U.S.A. roast of him by a comedian said to be hilarious depicting all the gaffs he's made since assuming office. I fail to see where he understands the recent budget measures are critical to the nation's prosperity. So many cuts, and more cuts, across a range of programmes, so many lost jobs, too many changes too soon. If you want to create jobs and prosperity why cut to the bone. If job seekers have no money to spend due to cuts and fee hikes etc. they're living just to survive. This budget is a pack-of-poo-ticket hurriedly put together by an inexperienced treasurer who was experiencing great difficulty putting it together by its deadline. It looks as if he needed a bit of help from Costello.
    tia-maria
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:13pm
    DAZ, Unfortunately too many Liberal voters dont see the the current opinion they go around with their eyes shut
    niemakawa
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:14pm
    Yes but they are media driven, nothing to do with facts. I am sure you would agree. Just remember the Liberals have the future of this Country at heart, whereas Labor along with the Greens only have one intention; Enslave us all. The choice is yours, just chose carefully.
    tia-maria
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:43pm
    niemakawa, Its the Labor thats thinks of all the voters of our country not just the wealthy
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:23am
    "Firstly, Liberals do not usurp a sitting LNP"???
    It never ceases to amaze me how naive the public is. Firstly, Abbott deposed Turnbull as PM. Do you not remember that? Secondly, this government does not have the support of the vast majority of the electorate. It came to power in a one sided propaganda campaign run by the big end of town. The money tap is now already flowing to that end of town but you car too blind to see that of course preferring to talk the closed minded pro Liberal rhetoric. Thirdly, you suggestion that this government will restore national prosperity is ignorance of the worst kind. Apart from sending money to the rich (already started) this government is continuing to send Australian jobs offshore, as evidenced just yesterday when it was announce that contracts for 2 new navy ships would not be awarded to Australian companies.
    The issue in Australia is that jobs are being sent offshore. It is a trend which has been going on for years and shows no sign of ending. In the end it will mean higher taxes as it is not sustainable and we will have to slip into worst deficit if this madness is not ended.
    So get real niemakawa and open your eyes rather than supporting a team of misfits owned by big business and the rich. You and millions of not too bright Australians have been set up for the slaughter. Sadly, you continue to support 'your team' without the critical analysis of what you are supporting. Lambs to the slaughter!!
    Ozetwo
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:18am
    Bolt is the extremely far right and his comments show that the Abbott camp is aiming to undermine a fairly moderate liberal in Turnbull. Bolt is far from deranged he is dead set cunning. He is a sound supporter of Abbott as Tony is never allowed on anyone's programs who isn't. The script would have been very carefully worked out. Abbott then took the high ground and gave support to Turnbull the damage having been done. The Liberals really think the Australian electorate is that dumb.
    Huskie
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:42am
    The Liberals really think the Australian electorate is that dumb!!

    They are, because they believed the Mad Abbott and voted him in!
    EELS
    6th Jun 2014
    6:07pm
    Some Australian voters are dumb. Look how many voted for Clive Palmer!!
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:24am
    Huskie: It is. Read some of the comments on this site. It defies logic how naive and simple the public generally is.
    Irishwolfhound
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:19am
    Deja vu ! Remember Gillard and Rudd said the same thing a couple of years ago?? Politics, and Politicians are all the same, LIES; they will do anything to keep "LIVING IN EASY STREET " !!l
    LENYJAC
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:28am
    LIVING IN EASY ST WHILST RIPPING OF PENSIONERS ..NOTHING BUT OVERPAID SCUMBAGS.............
    tia-maria
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:10pm
    THATS ALL THEIR DOING RIPPING THE RETIRED PENSIONERS OFF AND GIVEING US LESS.............. AND TAKING MORE FOR THEMSELVES.
    student
    4th Jun 2014
    12:02pm
    I sincerely believe Mr. Turnbull has genuine compassion and feelings for all Australians. He rose to wealth and position but has never forgotten his roots. I believe he is one of the very few politicians who has the knowledge and the understanding to marry together the needs of the poor/non elite and those who are seen as the 'haves'. He knows what drives an economy, the ability to produce AND the ability to purchase. He has no need of money (if money is power, then he has plenty) and this is what leads me to believe he has trhe makings of a good leader.

    Unfortunately little scum bags like Bolt get under the skin of people.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:27am
    The difference: Labor NEVER took money from the poor and sent it to the rich end of town like this bunch. Labor lied about one policy (Carbon tax) whilst this government LIED ABOUT EVERYTHING and has tried to repeal EVERYTHING that Labor enacted in 2 terms.....for which it does not and never had a "MANDATE'. That is the difference.
    student
    9th Jun 2014
    1:41pm
    I agree mick.Infact I was sort of listening to the TV yesterday afternoon and I heard Mr. Bolt say to repeal the 'carbon tax' would only benefit ... the wealthy!!I nearly dropped the iron! For once I agreed with the BOLT REPORT. I think the way the Coalition was allowed to humiliate and denigrate Julia Gillard was nothing short of criminal. That was a very shameful time in Australia's history.
    Tom Tank
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:39am
    Andrew Bolt is truly right wing whereas Malcolm Turnbull is small "l" Liberal in the tradition of Menzies, Holt Fraser etc.
    Bolt obviously detests Turnbull and it would seem that he views him as a real threat to Tony. He is probably correct in that view. Unless the polls really pick up then a challenge could be on the way as the one things the Liberals hate is losing an election. If the choice is lose or dump Tony, and his cohorts, then you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see what will happen.
    At this stage I suspect that the next Parliament will be a hung one as so many voters are disgusted with the two major parties and so will vote for minor parties, or Independents. Should that happen, given his hard line inflexible approach, Tony will find it nigh on impossible to form a good enough relationship to get those on-side.
    To sum up Andrew Bolt can sense that Turnbull is not only a threat to Tony but also himself due to a mutual loathing of each other.
    Huskie
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:44am
    At least Turnbull has a few principles and ethics. He stood up against the Climate Change denialists in the LNP and it cost him the Leadership.
    ozimarco
    3rd Jun 2014
    12:58pm
    Turnbull has continuously lied about the NBN and has destroyed it. I no longer believe anything coming out of his mouth. What he has done to the NBN is unforgivable.
    particolor
    3rd Jun 2014
    8:51pm
    Now see what Standing Up and Talking Crap costs You ??
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:29am
    I concede that Turnbull is the best of a bad lot....and that is why the big business owners of the Liberal Party got rid of him and why he will never again be leader. Big business, in case you have not noticed, cares nothing about the future of the nation. Its interests are MONEY FOR ITSELF and we are seeing the transfer of wealth from poor to rich under way. You voted for it!!
    Ming
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:46am
    Mr Turnbull is smart, but he is in the wrong party, he was leader previously, it was not a highlight of his brilliant career, like so many others here is one who will not vote for a Liberal party led by Mr Turnbull.
    Luchar
    3rd Jun 2014
    6:10pm
    Ericjoan,
    The first comment to call Turnbull for what he is! He undermined Nelson, and when he had the leadership he took the party to the brink of a whitewash until Abbott took over as leader and changed a near whitewash into the hung parliament we had to suffer for three years. It is no wonder the Left and the Greens would love to see Turnbull replace Abbott.

    Bolt was correct in suggesting that Turnbull seems to make a habit of befriending the enemies of Abbott. Strange indeed that Turnbull seems to find the time o appear regularly on "Q and A" as the 'token conservative', yet has not accepted requests to appear on Bolt's program.

    I have never wasted a vote in my life, but a Turnbull-led Coalition will find my vote counted among the Informals.
    Anonymous
    6th Jun 2014
    4:24pm
    Maybe he should join the Labor Party and go up against Bill Shorten.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:31am
    Turnbull is a very wealthy man. He is in the right party but he has a bit of a conscience whereas Abbott and his cutthroat cabinet have not one shred of a conscience. The latter are blind uncaring servants of the big end of town blindly doing its will: the transfer of wealth from poor to rich. You voted for it.
    Grateful
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:47am
    How unhealthy is it when they are discussing the removal of our Prime Minister after just 8 months!! We are becoming the laughing stock of the region, why, even N.Z. is making us look sick!!! And, for mine, they made a huge mistake taking Tony Abbott into the election in the first place. Should have replaced him before the election, the Libs would have won by a bigger margin and we wouldn't be seeing the likes of this idealogical Budget under someone with more understanding of the community.
    Anonymous
    6th Jun 2014
    4:25pm
    Well Labor were good at getting rid of PM's as we all know lol.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:34am
    Didn't you know, Abbott is a "laughing stock" overseas. He is not taken seriously by other leaders because every time he opens his mouth he puts both feet in it. And as for the discussion of removing him after 8 months you have to keep in mind that HE LIED ABOUT EVERYTHING HE PROMISED............not just one policy, EVERYTHING. Only a dim witted drone who continues to support him would see this for anything other than what it is. He should go. That is what decency dictates in this country.
    student
    9th Jun 2014
    1:50pm
    further to what mick posted, Mr. Abbott was the source of much mirth on an American tv talk show recently. And as for giving the Mad Monk more time!! WHY??? Did the Coalition give mercy or even common decency to M/s Gillard?? Fair sucka the sav. Democracy allows us (the voters) to get rid of idiot politicians eventually.
    Tim@toc
    3rd Jun 2014
    12:03pm
    Turnbull should have ignored Andrew's comment. It seems to have been a successful fishing trip. Reinforces the fact that Tony should have sent Turnbull packing, back to the Labor Party where he belongs, whilst he had the chance.
    MITZY
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:38pm
    Abbott gained the leadership of the Libs with one vote ... Peter Slipper's. Doesn't say much for a great deal of support by his fellow party members.
    Maybe Tony is happy having Malcolm just where he is, where he can keep a watchful eye on him. I doubt Malcolm's EGO would ever entertain the idea of being a member of the Labor Party.
    Enjoyed listening to the few brief moments afforded to LUCY TURNBULL to comment on Q&A last night, she knew her stuff and was politically unbiased.
    She would be an excellent politician but I think she is too smart for it.
    student
    9th Jun 2014
    1:59pm
    MITYZY, I too heard Lucy Turnbull and was most impressed with her. She is Lib. royalty (her father's side) Also I heard a while ago that Malcolm approached the Labour Party about entering Parliament and was told to go suck lemons!!

    I am not a fan of Bolt or Jones, but what does alarm me is how they are (seeingly) attaching themselves to the inner sanctom of the Libs. I can understand Malcolm's "With friends like you (Bolt) we don't need enemys"
    azpers
    3rd Jun 2014
    12:11pm
    Malcolm wants the top job!
    "Not likely," says Tony, "all he'll get
    is a kick on the knob."
    "But they all love me," says Mal, "not like you."
    "Stiff cheddar, mate, smell my poo."
    "Clive wants me, as does the rest,
    time to go, Tone, I do not jest."
    "Up yours, mate. I'm in top spot.
    I'm here to stay, I'm staying hot.
    Like it or lump it, I don't care,
    But my arse stays in the number one chair."
    particolor
    3rd Jun 2014
    7:55pm
    Let Your R's Stay in the middle of Your Q'S !
    "Tough Titties Tony"..
    Time for ANOTHER Malcolm !!.
    The Mugs have Forgotten the last one !!
    Young Simmo
    3rd Jun 2014
    12:14pm
    Don't be fooled by the Bolt clown. Bolt said, "He could have shrugged that off".
    If Turnbull had said nothing, Bolt would have said his silence means, "I am right".
    Turnbull's only real choice was to say, "YES".
    Then it would have been end of story.
    Grateful
    3rd Jun 2014
    12:30pm
    Spot on Young Simmo, would have to be the biggest drama queen in media in Australia and the major cause for the large reduction in circulation of The Herald Sun newspaper.
    Being a HUGE pumper for the Liberal Party and anti Labor Party, he will now be left with a dilemma, especially if Tony Abbott is deposed.
    MITZY
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:26pm
    Seems like a set-up between Bolt and Abbott. Abbott only appears on "certain" venues where the interviewer is practically his "best friend".
    It's funny this happening as Abbott embarks on an overseas trip. He and Bolt must have got wind of something. Turnbull has been particularly silent lately but has arisen from the ashes with a meeting with Clive Palmer and forming the "Friends of the ABC" association with a mixed range of people from varying parties etc.

    When the cat's away the mice will play.
    particolor
    3rd Jun 2014
    7:44pm
    I might write a Book ??....Flying Through the Ash Cloud ....
    wally
    3rd Jun 2014
    12:26pm
    It is interesting that Malcolm should turn on a usually pro-Liberal columnist in the way that he has. The timing of this stoush is also interesting in that Bolt's comments seem to have struck a nerve that Malcolm does not want touched. I suspect that there is something more bubbling along under the surface. I also wonder if Clive Palmer, among others, has something to do with it. Time will tell, but until we find out, watch and enjoy the Punch and Judy Show that Malcolm and Andrew look like putting on.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:38am
    What is unusual wally is that both card carrying journalists decided to launch such an attack. Abbott is clearly worried and the fact that both journos are Abbott's mates tells a compelling tale. My bet is that Abbott will be gone before the next election. The question is who will replace him. I'd be willing to bet that Hockey gets a run but it is unlikely that Turnbull (the best choice) will be given the opportunity because he has already upset the big business owners of the party and been turfed out before. You get what you get.
    klo7
    3rd Jun 2014
    12:33pm
    Mr Turnbull is the best friend the Labour Party has had for some time.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:39am
    Turnbull did not start this. The Abbott loyal card carrying journos who are mates with Abbott did to nip any danger to their man before it could blossom.
    student
    9th Jun 2014
    2:05pm
    Bolt, Jones and Murdoch are Abbott's friends They seem to have more power than the electorate. However, I do think their greed and self elevation to "Tony's mate" status will be more than troublesome after a while.
    KSS
    3rd Jun 2014
    12:56pm
    Yet another beat-up story about nothing.
    R Supwood
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:34pm
    Mr. Bolt gets away with fraud, for he is a total ignoramus on professional matters, unqualified and thus a quack. Has he a school certificate? He can type well one-handed. It should be illegal to abuse media roles and pose as a doctor, lawyer, scientist, economist, etc., as he tries to imply of hmself. Do not listen to or read unqualified rubbish in the media.
    particolor
    3rd Jun 2014
    8:00pm
    What No Bachelor ofarts ??
    Luchar
    3rd Jun 2014
    9:04pm
    R Supwood by name; R Supwood by nature.

    I read and re-read your comments on Mr Bolt. It seems that you have the left wing view that if you make a list of derogatory comments about a person, it must mean that you know what you are talking about. However, like all those of a similar ilk, you provide not a single example of evidence or proof to support your statements.

    Further, Mr Bolt, as I understand it, is an Opinion Writer and last time I looked we still lived in Australia where it is okay to have and to express an opinion, even if it disagrees with those of the Left.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:41am
    The public lover reading garbage. If nobody bothered to read Bolt stories and/or complained to the Editor then he would be gone and we would all be spared this biased card carrying Liberal and his spurious nonsense.
    Nightshade
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:40pm
    FOR STARTERS - ANDREW BOLT IS BETTER LOOKING THAN MALCOLM TURNBULL.
    I LIKE A MAN WHO IS A BIT IMPULSIVE, BOYISH, SPONTANEOUS, MISCHIEVOUS.
    MAYBE MALCOLM IS JEALOUS OF THE BETTER MAN ?
    AFTER ALL WHAT HAS MALCOLM DONE RECENTLY THAT HAS TURNED HEADS.
    BORING OLD POLLY IS ALL HE IS.
    student
    9th Jun 2014
    2:20pm
    Oh Nights, do you really think Andrew Bolt is better looking than Malcolm?? Really ??

    As for

    :... AFTER ALL WHAT HAS MALCOLM DONE RECENTLY THAT HAS TURNED HEADS. ...:

    he (Malcolm) told Andrew to drop off 'cause he (Malcolm) isn't going to take dictation from him(Bolt)!!! Brilliant!!!! Who, in their right mind would shout the merits (??) of the loser Bolt from the roof tops??? Only the pigeons would hear.
    Nightshade
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:44pm
    TURNBULL HAS NOT GOT THE NUMBERS
    HE IS TOO OLD HAT & YESTERDAYISH & HIS WIFE IS NOT A BANKER.
    MY MONEY IS ON HIS EMINENCE THE HONORABLE JOSEPH BENEDICTUS HOCKEY ESQ: CHICKEN FEATHER SALESMAN - HE HAS THE M.O. & IS LOVED BY THE BANKS.
    Nightshade
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:47pm
    Andrew was just trying to tease a reaction for Malcolm
    Reeper
    3rd Jun 2014
    1:57pm
    You couldn't write a column without some socialist blurb about taxing the poor. I am a pensioner on limited income, and with good sense I will live as well after the budget as I did before without the expectation of a repeat of Wayne Swan's disastrous years
    Malcolm Turnbull would make a good PM, but to come out and say he isn't planning a coup is good politics. Mr Turnbull has a fiscal background and I would bet he would be a far harder PM at budget time than Mr Abbott.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:44am
    Good luck Reeper. You may still live a goof life but the money which has been taken from you in many areas is NOT GOING TO PAYING OFF DEBT. Most of it is going to the rich (this end of society got a 1.5% tax cut) and the rest is being 'restructured' (mothers being paid to take time off work and other Abbott programs). So start budgeting mate. It s your money which has been given to anything other than the national good!!
    Not Amused
    3rd Jun 2014
    2:07pm
    I don't know why the ABC's Q and A has continual love-ins with Turnbull. When Turnbull himself wasn't there sucking up to Tony Jones, they had his wife in attendance. I think Abbott will probably recover. He's a responsible and tough person. I bet he was reluctant to even let his lovely daughters out after dark.
    The AWU-WRA Royal Commission gets into full swing on 10th June (I think) and high level political carnage from this will, in comparison, more than likely make Tony Abbott and his Prime Ministership look like a gift in rolled-gold wrapping.
    geomac
    3rd Jun 2014
    3:55pm
    What a quaint view of Abbott and his daughters . One daughter is shacked up with her boyfriend and good luck to her as its the norm these days . Q&A had that loathsome Bernardi on last night but Abbott is too scared of any appearance . Soft shows like Bolt or radio with Jones is what timid tony prefers . ICAC is yet to finish with the libs and Jackson the slush fund queen of the HSU will be further exposed in the union bashing inquiry . Could not find 50 million for Holden or SPCA but hundreds of millions for sham inquiries and a lost plane . 7th inquiry into pink batts ? What a waste of resources . Then again Bolts articles are a waste of trees . If Bolt cannot take it he should not dish it out .
    Luchar
    3rd Jun 2014
    9:15pm
    "Soft shows like Bolt or radio with Jones is what timid Tony prefers".

    Are you kidding, 'geomac'? Have seen Abbott regularly interviewed on ABC programs. However, neither Rudd nor Gillard would front up to "soft shows like Bolt or radio with Jones".
    geomac
    3rd Jun 2014
    11:51pm
    Luchar
    You do ot recall the rude Jones having a go at gillard for being a few minutes late ? Never watch Bolt or read his crap these days , life is too short . I watch 7.30 and Q&A regularly and no Abbott regularly as you suggest . Maybe you could inform me as to what shows he comes on " regularly " . Must admit I do not watch Insiders very often , too many right wing windbags for mine .
    I should also add I do not listen to any shock jocks or cash for comment low life like Jones . Frankly I tried but could not understand why anyone would go through an ordeal like that . That would be worse than the chinese water torture for me to endure two hours of that drivel . I will never understand how they get an audience .
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:48am
    Geomac: I would like to see the Liberal Party election funding issue currently before the ICAC extended to federal Liberal. I am of the opinion that the same corruption would be uncovered as re-election funding from big business and wealthy Australians are almost certainly being laundered in a similar manner to state liberal. So lets have a look and see how clean Abbott is. I think that the drones who support this party may get a real shock when they realise what they are supporting.
    Mar
    3rd Jun 2014
    2:10pm
    Have a look at tony-Abbott-last-week-tonight news. Says it all!!!
    particolor
    3rd Jun 2014
    8:40pm
    You'll have to tell Me ! I Change Channels when He appears !!
    MITZY
    3rd Jun 2014
    2:13pm
    I am no admirer of Malcolm Turnbull, but in a way it could be better than having
    AN ABBOTT, TWO BISHOPS AND A CLUSTER OF JESUITS running the country, as stated by a letter writer to the SMH yesterday.
    Luchar
    3rd Jun 2014
    9:19pm
    So you're the one who still bothers to read the SMH letters page!
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:52am
    When you look at the scandals in the Catholic church which have finally been revealed and you look at the current government there is not too much difference. Some of our church leaders are the most horrid types and have nothing in common with the God which some of us worship. Perhaps this is the reason many Australians have abandoned the church. I can't blame them but I do hope that we do not judge God by those who profess to worship Him as they are not one in the same.
    Mar
    3rd Jun 2014
    2:20pm
    Abbott has "full support of the electorate". You must be joking!!!!!! Read MITZY - SPOT ON.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:53am
    Spot on. "Australians want an election". Bring it on Tony!!
    adbob
    3rd Jun 2014
    2:33pm
    He would say that wouldn't he?

    Bolt and Turnbull both gain prominence from this, which they both enjoy.

    My take on this would be that Turnbull won't make a direct challenge now nor at any time. He wants to be the heir apparent waiting in the wings for when the rest of the party get sick of Abbott.

    The recent budget was a bit of an amateurish mish-mash but it showed the present govt to be much nastier than old-school Lib/Nats. Turnbull is more centrist and in a close election he would pull many more floating voters over the line.

    Politically he hasn't done well recently - the NBN is a ludicrous vanity project which will enable existing broadband subscribers to download movies and porn a bit faster, nothing for the economy, and nothing to help broadband reach those who currently can't get it. The chance to oppose it was a political gift - and he wasted it.

    His other problem is that he fell hook line and sinker for the global warming scam and he may even now be one of the few remaining "believers" - or are they really the ones in denial given what we now know. Either way he's out of touch with broad opinion.

    Those two things are sortable. His background as one from humble origins who made good through his own efforts speaks well for him - his efforts for the republican movement do him no harm - and his natural position in the centre of politics (when he decided to go into politics he might just as easily have joined Labor) is where most non-committed voters are.


    This is no more than a minor skirmish. Abbott's solid for now but his own party people do have quite a few question marks over him. He's too much the maverick - always has been - it was good that he spoke his mind more freely than most but sometimes you can go too far. His mega-expensive maternity leave scheme was sprung on his own party one weekend without consultation - the powers behind the throne don;t like that sort of thing - and they have long memories.
    The Black Fox
    3rd Jun 2014
    2:49pm
    Good on Malcolm Turnbull for speaking out. Andrew Bolt has been criticising anyone with moderate views in his hate columns for some time - with the support of extremist elements amongst the media ownership. What is not recognised by Andrew Bolt and his acolytes is that their "deranged and unhinged" (Mr Turnbull's words not mine) views damage the fabric of a decent and caring society. As an example, a female family member of mine has been receiving hate mail since Bolt unfairly criticised her in one of his sloppy opinion pieces.The sooner this vile man is sidelined the better for all Australians who do give a damn about the wellbeing of others. Malcolm Turnbull, I admire your pluck. You get my vote anytime. It says lots about Tony Abbott that he is Bolt's friend. For our sake as true small "l" liberals do bring on a challenge and get rid of them both.
    Gee Whiz
    3rd Jun 2014
    4:12pm
    Malcolm Turnbull is about as trustworthy as a coiled Cobra. He is a loose cannon, and uses his influence to destabilize Tony Abbott at every turn. His attitude is more suited to the ALP and he should join them and make a run for Bill Shortens job. He would be ideally suited for that.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    9:55am
    How do you think Abbott became the leader of the party? Loose canon??? Look at your idol Gee Whiz if you want to see a clumsy "loose canon". And if you really want to talk about snakes then I ask the question: what did Abbott not intentionally lie about during the election campaign? A bigger snake in the grass is there nowhere in the country.
    Oldie84
    3rd Jun 2014
    4:31pm
    What a colossal non-story. Aren't there any more pressing things that need our attention? Here we have hundreds of innocent school girls kidnapped and abused, girls raped and and hanged, a mother to be stoned to death brutally and you lot carry on about a dinner and a spat between a politician and and a reporter, God help us!!!!
    KSS
    3rd Jun 2014
    6:52pm
    Agree Oldie81. Why talk about something important when there's another opportunity to take meaningless pot shots at Mr Abbott?
    Young Simmo
    3rd Jun 2014
    7:04pm
    Come on Oldie81 all the talk by us will not make any difference to the Kidnapped, Raped and hanging girls and widows. But if we sling enough errrr, excreta at the Pollies, us pensioners are sure to get a 50 cent rise in our pension over the next 5 years or so. Well worth battling for.
    brainstraina
    11th Jun 2014
    3:39pm
    Oldie81 and KSS. Hear hear!!!!!!!

    Young Simmo. I quite enjoy reading you. You do make me laugh; but tell me, from whence will come a 50% increase in pensions? The country will never afford that. Surely you agree that it was a 'throw away' comment! I, personally would love a 50% increase in my pension. Perhaps then I too could become a social butterfly and sit in front of a poker machine with drinks and a dangling cigarette. Maybe even abuse some other substances?
    What we receive is enough on which to get by. It may be tough at times. I'm a home owner and I admit that keeping up with maintenance is not 100% possible.
    Being a private renter must be more difficult. However we cannot expect the good taxpayer to keep us in the style to which we would love to become accustomed.
    Young Simmo
    11th Jun 2014
    4:01pm
    Yeah brainstraina, the important thing to remember is, we are all different. Over our married life starting in 1960 we bought 3 Brand New houses. How ever more by good luck than good planning we bought an onsite Caravan with large annex etc in June 2000, and I retired in March 2002. Since then we have been cruising along fairly comfortably on the pension and can save anything from $200 to $400 per fortnight. That is mainly due to the fact that our site fees are $115 /Week and we pay our power every 2 weeks. If we still had a house and was paying rates, water and a mortgage it would be a different story. We came to our current location for a couple of nights in Feb 1999 and seemed to have lost track of time. The bottom line is we are very happy, pay our car and home insurance etc, and have enough left over to enjoy life. As I said at the start our style in not by design but lucky breaks. WOW you have really got me going now, I better leave some space for other people to make a comment.
    Kato
    3rd Jun 2014
    4:58pm
    Tones is heading overseas? when the chief meister is away? well you all know the song' bye bye birdy, you can bet your house on it, this is just the start, his cronies are nervous, big end of town are questioning the budget, economy slowing. bye bye birdie. Tone's is looking nervous as well as old. bye bye birdy.
    Kato
    3rd Jun 2014
    4:58pm
    Tones is heading overseas? when the chief meister is away? well you all know the song' bye bye birdy, you can bet your house on it, this is just the start, his cronies are nervous, big end of town are questioning the budget, economy slowing. bye bye birdie. Tone's is looking nervous as well as old. bye bye birdy.
    Kato
    3rd Jun 2014
    5:00pm
    Turnbull is not the one he has to worry about, he needs his bullet proof vest on backwards whith Joe and Cormmann around, look out Tone's. the knives are out.
    wally
    4th Jun 2014
    10:14am
    A case of "When the cat's away. the rats will play" maybe? If there is no such thing as coincidence in politics, Malcolm's get together with Clive Palmer on the eve of Abbott's overseas trip together with Palmer's claim of an invite from Malcolm which puts the lie to Malcolm's claim that they just "bumped into each other" suggests something is going on. Would Malcolm be hoping to upset Abbott's apple cart?
    Judy in the hills
    3rd Jun 2014
    7:07pm
    What else would one expect Malcolm Turnbull to do? He's not the sort of man who wouldn't stand up for himself.

    I normally don't mind Andrew Bolt, but sometimes he can be way off line.
    Judy in the hills
    3rd Jun 2014
    7:13pm
    Shouldn't comments get shown as they arrive then gradually slide down the list as they do on some other on-line programs asking for comments???
    particolor
    3rd Jun 2014
    8:23pm
    You've noticed that Too Judy ??..
    Judy in the hills
    3rd Jun 2014
    7:13pm
    Shouldn't comments get shown as they arrive then gradually slide down the list as they do on some other on-line programs asking for comments???
    Kato
    3rd Jun 2014
    8:18pm
    yes agree with that:)
    particolor
    3rd Jun 2014
    8:25pm
    I call it The Dead Sea Scrolls !!
    jimjon
    3rd Jun 2014
    8:36pm
    Think changing to Turnbull is LNP only chance of re-election, however hope he doesn't, for Labor's sake !
    particolor
    3rd Jun 2014
    8:44pm
    Far Goodness Sake !!
    Ah Got the Libby Libby Shakes !!!
    Mar
    3rd Jun 2014
    9:45pm
    Particolor, You just need to google it. Its a roast by the Americans on Tony Abbott.
    Not Senile Yet!
    3rd Jun 2014
    9:55pm
    Mr.Turnbull would never have agreed to that Budget. He is the only Liberal that would have enough credibility to win the Liberals the next election....however....he also knows that the Grey Army......U know....the over 50's.... will never allow the liberals a majority...even if they did win. Without a Majority....you cannot do as you please and every thing you try has to be negotiated....not something an experienced campaigner like he would sign up for eh!
    No ...he will await the natural death of Abbot & Costello by the voting public...the he will be the only serious contender Left Standing.
    But as far as the Grey Army is concerned......no more free votes will be given for the Liberals or the labour Parties....they need to win us back by stopping all attacks on Older Australians on limited incomes!
    A reversal of Abbot & Costello's so called budget ideas....might be a start.....but only a start. The next Mob better declare a moratorium against the discrimination against the Aged not only by the Employers but by the Government Themselves.
    Nothing Less will suffice!
    Remember......if there is so many of us that they can't afford to pay our pensions or allow us access to our Super....then there are enough of us to remove their ability to have control over the Senate...u know... the house that all legislation has to pass!
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:09am
    Smart. Vote for a good Independent and end the Woolies and Coles duopoly of politics. That is the only way to re-establish proper government....but try and tell the drones in society who want their team, the team which then betrays them in office.
    Mar
    3rd Jun 2014
    10:07pm
    Well said!!
    Not Senile Yet!
    3rd Jun 2014
    10:13pm
    Just Stop voting for the person who has SOLD your VOTE before you have given it to them........Namely any member of a Political Party.
    It is a basic dishonest act to join a party to get elected knowing that you have to vote how that party tells you to!
    Not only dishonest but requires NO Sense Of Morality.
    Stupidity is not about intelligence...it is about how you use your intelligence to work out who is CONNING you into a stupid act!
    STOP VOTING FOR THESE MORONIC POWER PARTIES!
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:09am
    Yes. Spot on.
    Not Senile Yet!
    3rd Jun 2014
    10:17pm
    By the Way...when the Australian Constitution was created....they had no idea how successful these Political Parties would be at conning every voter in the Land to believe in them!
    You are supposed to vote for the person who will represent your views best in Parliament...YOURS VIEWS...Not a back room Party View. Not a person who will do as they are told just to win a seat and the perks!
    Vote Independent and Stop the Parties ruining our Country for their own ideological views!
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2014
    10:33pm
    Turnbull would be a welcome change to what has become an unsavory, vicious, deceitful, lying political party.
    The reason Turnbull was ousted and Abbott given his job is that the owners of the Liberal Party, big business and the rich, were not happy with Turnbull who was engaging in real debate for the future of the country. Turnbull acknowledged climate change and so he had to go as coal interests, energy generators and others who objected to reality because it did not suit their business interests wanted a thug and a liar at the helm who would give them what they wanted: carte blanche. This is what we now have and Australiais way behind the rest of the world which is making strong moves whilst we go in the other direction.
    You have to understand that Bolt is a liberal card carrying journalist who should not be allowed to be a journalist because he is little more than a propaganda person. Of course he would trump up a case. What else would you expect.
    Polly Esther
    4th Jun 2014
    1:00pm
    Jeepers! That's like a couple of tea pots comparing the length of their spouts.
    Polly Esther
    4th Jun 2014
    1:05pm
    Yeah and anyway I'm gonna concentrate on the mushy and fetta omelette, it looks and sounds far more interesting and down right delicious.
    brainstraina
    5th Jun 2014
    3:23pm
    The Budget may appear tough; but it is sensible. I am a pensioner and cannot see that any part of the budget is going to put me in the gutter. It seems that those most affected are those that have more to spare and that the effect on them will be negligible.
    I do believe many people are just not understanding fully or listening to what the budget is saying. The leftists enjoy hearing the largely leftist media spruiking out of context much of what is said by those more to the right.
    Andrew Bolt is like a breath of fresh air and just what we need. At last!! A voice other than left, left and more left. Tony Jones and Q&A has become a joke and I and many others no longer tune in. It's the same old views - no matter what.
    To at last get some balance is refreshing. And some views that many have never even considered.
    As for our 'students'. I once was one of those and for a time I also, like a sheep, followed the leader. After a couple of years some of my own logical thinking kicked in and I became my own person and realized that I was in possession of really good and varied reasoning qualities.
    geomac
    5th Jun 2014
    4:07pm
    Do you mean the right leaning ( far right ) murdoch media ie 70% . Andrew bolt is like a breath from a drunken reveller who has consumed a large garlic flavoured dish and washed it down with bundy rum , not pleasant .
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:12am
    The budget is "sensible"??? So money going from average and poor Australians to the rich is "sensible"?
    The poor SPEND 100% of their money whilst the rich SPECULATE with theirs because they have so much to spare. You'd have to be a Newt to not appreciate the difference and inequity and for voting for the Robin Hood in Reverse party. Give me strength!!
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:12am
    The budget is "sensible"??? So money going from average and poor Australians to the rich is "sensible"?
    The poor SPEND 100% of their money whilst the rich SPECULATE with theirs because they have so much to spare. You'd have to be a Newt to not appreciate the difference and inequity and for voting for the Robin Hood in Reverse party. Give me strength!!
    student
    8th Jun 2014
    12:41pm
    Bolt, ..." is like a breath of fresh air and just what we need...' A breath of fresh air?? The man crawled out from under some prehistoric rock, and the air around him is putrid. Oh brain, as for students, we are all students. Life is one big learning experience. I am pleased you finally figured out how to think logically. I can't remember the philosopher responsible for saying

    "... I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it ..."

    and this I apply to you , brainstraina. There are holes in your posting, but atleast you have an opinion.

    Can I ask you one question please? Do you think it fair and proper that someone who gained full benefits of a top education, close that freedom to others a lot less well off ?? How many politicians gained their uni degree with financial help from the Government/the pax payers?? Is it right and proper to take away something (free education) that can benefit all Australians??. What exactly, is the role of the Government?? Is not education one duty of a Government?

    5th Jun 2014
    5:27pm
    BOLT..... didn't Frankenstein have one of those in his neck?

    5th Jun 2014
    5:28pm
    THANK GOD......I DO NOT VOTE..amen
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:15am
    Do your nation a service PIXPD. Vote for a good Independent and send a message to the Woolies and Coles tag team in politics. Once the bastards know that the game is up they will have to change or disappear. Remember the old adage about "bad things happen whilst good people do nothing". Make your vote count!!
    Anonymous
    7th Jun 2014
    6:51pm
    I am listed at It's an Honour site.... I have served the nation.
    student
    8th Jun 2014
    12:43pm
    I thank God I am able to vote.
    Anonymous
    8th Jun 2014
    1:10pm
    The Christian does NOT vote...
    student
    9th Jun 2014
    2:32pm
    do you mean Jesus was a communist??
    Anonymous
    9th Jun 2014
    3:23pm
    Yeshua is a communionist....so am I

    5th Jun 2014
    5:35pm
    Malcolm Turnbull woulkd be a great leader of the Labor Party always sad it here in Meetin gplace and why he is so popular with those who still think Labor is there for the battler and pensioners, and Q&A on Monday was hilarious with same opinion and got the greatest applause as so many of us think the same. He is biding his time and of course also Lucy Turnbull there on Q&A and now see she too lefie and told porkies as said it was just a coincidence that Clie went into same Chinese. When of course he always sits down to dinner, eats first course then goes off on the chance of meeting someone in a Chinese he wants to speak too. Ha Ha Ha lies are part of Labor these days so both belong in Labor party.
    After all they deny they are responsible for the sorry mess they left behind and not only $300bill+ in debt already but ongoing promises and borrowings will end up with $667 billion if they go on spending. BUT this lot have cut the wrong people which is entirely down to Joe Hockey who now we see shares Julia's view of age pensioners when she denied married people not only the $30 rise given to singles but also cut the married rate from 176% of single rate to 150% meaning a couple live off of one single pension and half of a single pension - hardly fair and equitable when it works out at over 2 weeks $415.00 less. Apathethic that not many noticed it who draw the pension.
    I dont trust Turnbull one bit as he would have us on ETS and of course is another left wing who hasnt noticed or has and in denial that it hasnt warmed for last 17 years and is not going to.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:20am
    Need to go back to school BigVal and learn to construct a sentence.
    The ETS was bad mouthed BY BIG BUSINESS because it impacted on dirty businesses who want to continue without any controls. It is actually working as renewables are starting to impact on power generators....who are beginning to worry about their long term futures. Make a call: sustainability or pollution which kills the planet in time. Your choice.

    5th Jun 2014
    5:53pm
    BTW I am swinging voter but lately havent had much choice. Voted Liberal because they are the only ones who have historically managed our money and paid off the debts Labor always historically runs up. This last version of a Labor government worst in history. Largest Debt left. But this latest version of a Coalition is heading in the same direction will save us from more debt but not by doing what is necessary.
    Which is to make those on higher incomes pay more and shut off the loop holes that allow them to hide much of their incomes legally.

    For years governments of all ilk have got elected on promises to cut income taxes but have ended up spending more then coming in by so doing.
    Also allowing loop holes to continue and why? Because they get those lovely donations to their various party coffers so dont do the right thing by the majority who being on PAYE dont get a lot of money back legally and whose income is reported directly via Group Cert to ATO.
    Even Ken Henry's Tax review was aimed at majority starting also with pensioners and disabled. Same old both parties. Howard did a bit but not enough and nothing since AFAIK to close those legal loop holes that allowed late Kerry Packer to legally minimize his income to pay only a measly $10 a yer for 3 years. Thats right ten bucks and he was billionaire and one would have expected that the party who claim to represent the battler, worker, pensioner - Lalbor would do something when in office after this. But 6 years later on record they didnt. But then after Hawke accepted donations from big business for The Accord in the 1980's it was no longer old Labor but New Labor. Meaning cant serve both masters and chose to serve Big Business. Held back workers wages until 1996 when changed to Howard and then started rising with 24% recorded as evidence in history.
    carmencita
    5th Jun 2014
    9:29pm
    Perhaps there is some truth to Bolt's prediction for Turnbull to reply so vehemently.

    6th Jun 2014
    9:10am
    SHOCK JOCKS ?......some form of leaking underwear, so you get a wet leg with lumpy squishy things sticking too
    toot2000
    6th Jun 2014
    10:20am
    I can see Malcolm one day as Prime Minister, he could turn out to be the LNP trump card if Abbott continues his unpopular run.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:23am
    Understand why Turnbull got the heave ho before: the big business owners of the Liberal Party had interests which Turnbull was not catering to. His agreement with climate change and doing something about it was diametrically opposed to the coal industry and dirty power generators (to name a few).....so he had to go. These election funding businesses will never give Turnbull another chance no matter how good a PM he could be.
    Irishwolfhound
    6th Jun 2014
    12:23pm
    All I can say is -remember Rudd and Gillard? All the "No I am not going to challenge? remarks. Then i the next instant someone challenged? Turnbull is annoyed that Bolt has seen through his ploy, and exposed his intentions !! God help Australia if Turnbull gets anywhere near the leadership!
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:27am
    One broken promise compared to unabated deceitful lying and EVERYTHING said during the election rescinded as soon as the election was over. Ignore history if you will.
    That is how this most disreputable of political parties operates. Even former Pm Malcolm Fraser has called this government a LIAR. So why do you choose to talk the nonsense which any rational person can see through? Is it that you are one of the feeble minded Australians who are taken in by slogans and one liner lies? That is how your heros work mate.
    Gee Whiz
    6th Jun 2014
    12:25pm
    Well, of course Bolt is deranged!
    His right wing politics have been so biased for so long he is becoming totally unhinged.
    Heaven forbid that he should ever find another topic to discuss other than his beloved LNP.
    At least some of the radio shock jocks can maintain a middle of the road approach to politics. But not Bolt. He is entrenched up to the neck with the LNP and eventually it will be his downfall.
    Anonymous
    6th Jun 2014
    2:39pm
    A deranged BOLT...does the Jones NUT go with that?
    student
    9th Jun 2014
    2:34pm
    what a horrid image ...
    Kato
    6th Jun 2014
    8:12pm
    Bolt and Jones now there's a comedy there somewhere. they both have passed clown school with flying curr lahs, a pair of Liebril hacks if ever there were. Jones on radio spouting off that the minimum wage is to high, what a meat beater this dropkick is, set an example ask the radio station to set your wage to the minimum Al. Joe Hicky wages in Australia are the second highest in the world and business can't compete, guesss what meathead Politicians in Australia are the highest paid in the world and it makes it harder for the taxpayer to wear.
    student
    8th Jun 2014
    12:55pm
    Blame the poor people for high wages ... how dare they want a reasonable and fair wage for doing menial jobs. Thank goodness they don't get multi $m bonuses. We need the poor so we can kick them when they are down.Maybe it's not wages that are too high, maybe the bonuses and lurks and perks are obscene.
    brainstraina
    6th Jun 2014
    8:39pm
    Luchar - June 3

    I have seen Malcolm Turnbull on The Bolt Report.
    brainstraina
    6th Jun 2014
    9:00pm
    LENYJAC AND TIA MARIA - June 3

    Where is it that we pensioners are being 'RIPPED OFF' by the Government? We are receiving our benefits and little concessions from the taxpayer; and, Tia Maria (Aunt Mary) it does sound like you've always believed that the ' Labor Party is all for the
    worker'. Many years ago I also believed this. Then I came to see the havoc that unions have created in our country. Unions are the reason jobs are going offshore. No other country has such high wages and perks as Australia does and yet the unions scream for more and more and it's never enough.
    Today, after hearing of the Naval shipbuilding going offshore and consequently the loss off jobs which must occur - I'm waiting for the media's cries of "Abbott did it!!' Not only the media; wait till you hear Mr. Shorten. I don't doubt that his speech will be copied
    from my predictions.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:37am
    Are you for real brainstraina? Have you not sat down quietly and looked at what is going to happen IF THE BUDGET GETS THROUGH THE SENATE? Clearly you do not appreciate that your way of life is not yet law and have not begun to to take affect.
    This should not be an argument of Liberal vs Labor. It should be an argument about picking a party which does not stab you in the back 5 minutes after an election. The Abbott government did exactly this. As soon as the election was over it dropped generous superannuation reforms for average Australians whilst it did not touch those for the rich. That was first strike. And then the budget started class warfare. Strike two.
    Unions are a problem but they are not why jobs are going offshore. The reason for this is that Australians want CHEAP GOODS. So local businesses have been jettisoned for cheaper imports and the trade barriers dismantled to permit this to happen. The real problem is that we keep exporting one industry after another and this has reached a tipping point. We are at the point where our mineral export can no longer support our imports of everything. Add to that the fact that the price we get for iron ore and coal have plummeted and you see the dilemma. Sending the navy contract offshore is a moronic thing to do as it will simple exacerbate an already bad problem. And this after the car industry gone. So please do not stick up for the current liberal government as THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS.
    HappySoul
    9th Jun 2014
    5:28am
    @ MICK
    It is about picking the Politicians who are best for the country.
    You rant on about jobs going overseas and that is hardly the fault of any Government, regardless of their "colour".
    Why? Because it is consumer driven and if the customers, including your so called poor workers, bought only goods which are produced in Australia then there would be no need for cheap imports.
    As for the car industry, through the decades ALL Governments, Federal and State, have pandered to them with massive subsidies - none of which benefited the motorists. If any of those Governments - including the Gillard and SA LABOR governments in the past 2 or so years - had just 1 active and working brain cell between them, they would have put conditions on giving out our taxes to foreign owned companies but instead they decided to pander to the Unions and blithly hand over millions unconditionally.

    Sending the Navy contract offshore - thank your LABOR mates for that as contracts to build those ships should have been signed during the years LABOR were in Government.

    Something has to be done to bring out debt down as the money saved in interest can be better used here in our own country and note that the interest we are paying is going to increase in line with interest rates.
    No I am not happy with all aspects of the Budget however there has to be a start somewhere and there is no way that a Labor Government would ever do it, because that would mean being honest and admitting they were the cause of our current financial problems.
    So get real, face the realities of life and get rid of that massie chip you have on your shoulder Mick.
    student
    9th Jun 2014
    3:01pm
    HappySoul, jobs go off-shore for more profit as wages here in Australia are (to quote the big end of town) are too high! That is not 'the problem'. If wages were dropped here in Australia, who could afford to buy our products?? There has to be a wage to supply a decent living and buy commodities as they are needed. We are becoming a country with an underclass .. the hidden poor. So, we have to have wages that allow the people to buy goods made here NOT o/s. I agree with the Governments having pandered to big industry, I can remember the Lab. Gov some years ago gave Holden $92million and oddly enough the profit from Holden USA (Chrystler??), was that exact same amount. We place huge orders for defence war machines before the machines are off the drawing board, Then when they are delivered years later, they are out of date (with the technology) and need repairs etc, that WE pay for, and we prop up the American economy.

    The Senate stands between us and a Dictator. I trust them to not pass unfair or irresponsible laws and budgets.
    toot2000
    7th Jun 2014
    9:20am
    Mick wrote The personal issues are called being a Liberal Party stoolie, the same as Jones. Both a card carrying liberals doing their job. Perhaps they should be shown the door for bias, but remember that these two are a part of a wider network set up by big business to promote its cause.

    Has it ever occurred to you Mick that it's big business (that you despise) who will provide your grandchildren with a job and put food in their mouths?
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:51am
    Sorry if I ever gave you the idea that I did not support business. I do. I always have. I not no despise big business at all.
    What I do not support is blatant inequity and class warfare. The gap between rich (big business) and poor has been growing for several decades and the big end of tow. always wants more, no matter how large their pay packets become and how wealthy they are.
    Have you not noticed that the cost of everything is going up a an alarming and ever increasing rate? When the bottom end of society get s piddly $30 a week increase to not even cover these costs business ALWAYS gets in front of the cameras and cries "jobs will be lost" and "businesses will have to close down" but never ever says that business leaders are getting bigger and bigger pay packets and smaller and smaller tax bills.
    I am indeed worried about the future for our grandchildren. But turning Australia in a US style economy (its happening) where average citizens are the slaves of the rich is not acceptable and I for one will not stand by and let it happen without a fight. You too need to understand that we need to swim or sink TOGETHER, not rich survive and poor go whistle.
    If we want to prosper then we need to stop voting in vested interest governments. This will not happen as long as big business has the reigns as big business is a failed group in this country as evidenced by the fact that we are successful at nothing else other than digging dirt out of the ground. Our reputation is well established overseas and we are a laughing stock in the international business community. So open your eyes toot2000 and see the forest for the trees and do something positive to fix the mess: vote for a decent Independent rather then the same parties who sell us out like a tag team because they both know that they will have a job, either government or opposition.
    toot2000
    7th Jun 2014
    11:10am
    The rich survive and the poor go whistle? You still don't get it, the more rich, successful people and big business you have, the more successful the country. It's a no brainer.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    4:10pm
    Your response toot2000 demonstrates one of two things. Either you are wealthy, want to maintain the current abusive class system and are a part of the problem or you do not have any understanding of the issue.
    If you were right then I give you the perfect example: China. There are mega rich and then there is everybody else. My understanding is that China does not have a formal tax system. Hence the huge disparity. Whilst there are jobs the majority of Chinese are still getting their bowl of rice and little more. This is what you want for Australians....to be the slaves of the rich and grateful for a bowl of rice.
    Your assertion that "the more rich...the more successful the country" is another dumb and incorrect statement. Go to the US and see how average Americans live, or should I say survive. It ain't pretty.....and this is the the 'Work Choices', or whatever name you want to give it, that your side of politics (Liberal) wants so desperatley in Australia.
    Where do people with an 'opinion' like yours come from? Give me strength. Perhaps have a look around the world before you make a statement or take a position, unless of course you are running for a Liberal seat. In that case your 'opinion' might fit in well with the Liberal Party election deceit and lies.
    toot2000
    7th Jun 2014
    6:42pm
    Your response Mick tells me you are a lefty bordering on Communism, you sound like a Green supporter of Lee Rhiannan, just saying....
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:13pm
    You can run but you can't hide.
    The Greens are toxic and I have no time for them. Labor and liberal are not far behind but this current government has to be one step from a dictatorship. Do yourself a favour: read what I have written, THINK about it and research. Perhaps then you will stop being a cult follower and start to become what htis country is short on, thinkers and those who act logically IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COUNTRY. This is what we never seem to get.
    VOTE FOR AN INDEPENDENT AND DO FUTURE GENERATIONS A FAVOUR.
    MICK
    7th Jun 2014
    10:13pm
    You can run but you can't hide.
    The Greens are toxic and I have no time for them. Labor and liberal are not far behind but this current government has to be one step from a dictatorship. Do yourself a favour: read what I have written, THINK about it and research. Perhaps then you will stop being a cult follower and start to become what htis country is short on, thinkers and those who act logically IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COUNTRY. This is what we never seem to get.
    VOTE FOR AN INDEPENDENT AND DO FUTURE GENERATIONS A FAVOUR.
    student
    8th Jun 2014
    1:04pm
    toot, do you measure success by wealth??

    mick, Democracy lends itself to dictatorship :) I agree with your sentiments.
    Young Simmo
    7th Jun 2014
    10:24pm
    As I have said before, I have voted for the Liberals non stop since 1958. However I was so jacked of that I voted for PUP last time and will continue to do so. At least out of probably 200 or 300 politicians in Australia, Clive Palmer is the only one that can answer a question with a YES or NO. All the rest are so GUTLESS, that instead of yes and no, they go into a 5 minute spiel to avoid the truth.
    MICK
    8th Jun 2014
    11:27am
    I say this with a bit of reservation Young Simmo but IT MATTERS NOT WHAT POLITICAL PARTY PEOPLE VOTE FOR as long as it is not Labor, Liberal or Greens. The important thing is to SEND A MESSAGE so that the bastards stop playing the Your turn/My turn/ Your turn again game. This effectively cuts off their employment if they behave like idiots or mongrels, which is probably the best description of the last 2 governments. And take away the life long superannuation which pollies have given themselves (they need to be in for 2 terms to get this) and you kill the golden goose: only good government should ever be rewarded with a second term.
    The above is the only way to fix a broken system. The question is are people able to get over their own voting habits and years of conditioning to vote for somebody else? That one I am not too sure about because just like people will be loyal to a hopeless sporting club so will they continue to back a dead horse government which lies to them, abuses them and acts for vested interests rather then for the nation. The current government is an extreme case of this as the money tap siphoning money into the bank accounts of the rich have opened...and ordinary Australians are the folk contributing whilst the con game is covered up with slogans like "heavy lifting" and "do it for the nation", none of which is true. It is the next big lie which takes advantage of simple minded folk who are easilt won over by jingly TV advertising and spruiking because they are not bothered to look at both the lies, the track record or the money trail. It is enough to bring you to tears.
    In the meantime our country and its jobs continue to be sold to foreigners and our standard of living will continue to erode to a point where even average Australians will want to blame the political system, but never themselves for not fixing the problem: the governments they elect and continue to elect.
    Well done Young Simmo. I wish there were more like you.
    Gee Whiz
    8th Jun 2014
    4:43pm
    Well said Young Simmo. If only there were more like you, maybe just maybe we could get this country out of the hands the really corrupt politicians from the ALP and the LNP.
    And Mick, that's one of the best pieces of writing I've seen in this column for a long time. Congrats.
    toot2000
    8th Jun 2014
    4:45pm
    It's funny how we are all different Young Simmo, we put forward our ideas only to have someone from the other team throw a hurtful jibe our way. I'm a conservative voter even though I shouldn't be, I'm not rich, not even a part-pensioner, just a flat out, full on pensioner. Sorry but I think the man who have put a lot of faith in, namely Clive, is an idiot and doubt if he will live up to your expectations, but I sincerely hope he does, for your sake.
    After the dogs breakfast of Windsor and Oakeshott, I don't like independents and would never vote for one. Close your eyes for a minute and image parliament made up entirely of independents, no party line, just everyone doing their own thing - holy moly, what a mess!
    Young Simmo
    8th Jun 2014
    4:55pm
    toot2000, after 56 years of my votes, the libs had had their chance , and Labor never ever rated a chance in my book. So Clive might be a breath of fresh air, if not he can not do any worse than the other 2, and as I said earlier he can say YES or NO, and not give 10 tonnes of BULLDUST light Shorton (Potato Head), and Abbott etc, etc.
    HappySoul
    9th Jun 2014
    5:36am
    Would never vote for Clive Palmer or his party. He is not a good business person, the companies which own many of his assets are all registered overseas; most of his companies do not pay tax here but instead rely on credits from the ATO which is in fact OUR money as taxpayers; has not paid personal income tax for years due to deferred payments.
    In a nutshell he is a buffoon who only has his own interests at heart, not that of this country
    .
    Gee Whiz
    8th Jun 2014
    4:54pm
    Gee toot 2000, politicians not having to toe the party line?

    That would be what----- oh yes now i remembered that would be democracy. What an unusual concept fore this country !
    Young Simmo
    9th Jun 2014
    12:14am
    OK, after many years of being a Die Hard Liberal voter, I changed over to the PUP Party.
    Now after watching "Sunday Night", on Channel 7 tonight (8th June 2014), I am starting to doubt my judgement.
    It would seem that Clive and his team of Rank Amatures don't have a chance.
    Thank goodness that at 74 years, I have 10 minutes to 10 years to suffer this BULLSHITE.
    OK the penny has dropped.

    PUP stands for, PISSED, USELESS, PARTY.
    Anybody agree? If not, keep it to yourself.
    toot2000
    9th Jun 2014
    12:48pm
    I saw that interview last night too and felt sorry for that poor man who was tongue tied, he must be so embarrassed.
    Young Simmo
    9th Jun 2014
    12:56pm
    Yes toot2000, I agree completely. What he needs to learn is, driving a car is slightly different to driving a country.
    His tongue was in neutral, and he couldn't find a gear.
    Gee Whiz
    9th Jun 2014
    4:57am
    Make up your mind Young Simmo. You're starting to sound like the ALP and the LNP all rolled into one.

    Have a cup of tea, an Aspro and a good lie down. You were on the right track but it looks like you've lost your way. Jumping around like this is bad for you're political health.
    Young Simmo
    9th Jun 2014
    12:16pm
    Gee Whiz, did you watch the Sunday Night show on Ch 7 last night?
    If not I would suggest you shut your stupid gob until you do.
    If you did watch the Sunday Night show and made a comment like that, I would suggest you try and find a Psychologist very quickly.
    brainstraina
    11th Jun 2014
    3:23pm
    MICK --- I'm sure you're a lovely guy. It seems to me that your opinions - according to yourself - are the only ones.
    Gee Whiz appears to be totally on your side. Showering you with admiration.

    We all have something to offer. Individuals have experienced life in many different ways and circumstances. Some much more than others.

    If we were each to write a totally tell-all book of our lives, warts and all; then we would surely better understand one another and from whence our outlooks and opinions arise. However; to do this, the authors would necessarily need a good 6 decades under their belts. (Even then, life's experience is still evolving.)
    Gee Whiz
    9th Jun 2014
    1:59pm
    Oh dear Young Simmo I'm afraid your mental condition is now starting to show.

    Shame really, you started out OK just a few short days ago, but it just goes to show how quickly ones cognitive capabilities can deteriorate.

    You take now if you go outside. Finding your way back can be difficult.
    Young Simmo
    9th Jun 2014
    2:10pm
    Interestingly my neighbour has half a dozen Turkys, and one of them is named
    Gee Whiz.
    I asked why, and my neighbour said, " That one keeps walking around in circles".
    I said that must be one dumb Turkey, I know humans like that as well.
    Gee Whiz
    9th Jun 2014
    2:36pm
    No second prizes Young Simmo. You've run a poor last as expected.

    Have to go now got some good looking turkeys for dinner.
    Young Simmo
    9th Jun 2014
    2:40pm
    Do you sleep with your good looking turkeys after dinner?
    Gee Whiz
    11th Jun 2014
    4:27pm
    One of the Abbot governments pre election promises was to put a stop to politicians employing their wives and family members in highly paid government jobs.

    Well Abbott went part way to doing that by appointing a committee (yes another one) to submit a report on stopping the nefarious practice.

    It will come as no surprise therefore, to learn that the committee found it is totally illegal for anyone to stop politicians employing family members or friends into government jobs, or indeed to manufacture a position, to allow employing the family member.

    Just imagine the income to one family where the politician employs his wife, daughter and say two teenage sons.

    The cess-pit just keeps getting thicker and deeper.
    Young Simmo
    11th Jun 2014
    4:35pm
    And of coarse Tony Abbott with his measly half a million dollars salary, and half a million dollars of extras and freebies really needs all the help he can get. He is probably worrying about how he will manage when he retires.
    Not Senile Yet!
    11th Jun 2014
    9:51pm
    What do I Think of the Article?
    Well let's see......no mention of the fact that all names mentioned are indeed paid up member of a Political Party that is financed by the Big Business end of town.......no mention how the Party freely and legally defraud you into believing that they will represent you in Parliament.....when they have already pre-sold your vote to the Party Machine of INVISIBLES!
    What do I think?
    I think .........who cares what the hell they do!
    They are all gone next election anyway........because you do not pick on the elderly and defenceless in Australia.......why?
    Because they and their Families will remember ,,,, Just like ANZACS remember........LEST WE FORGET!
    Everyone has a Granma/Grandpa, a Mum/Dad, a Brother/Sister who might one day become the Pensioner they just kicked in the guts....simply because they could.
    Yeah......we will remember alright!
    And the Senate will be so full of Independants, that All the Parties will wish they could run another election!
    jimjon
    12th Jun 2014
    9:52am
    Sorry but back to the budget. Hockey has said that a worker pays one month in twelve in tax towards pension payment.
    Mr.Hockey, I worked for 45 years and paid tax to support those who had retired before me, was that fair?
    Mr, Hockey, when you and other politician retire after a few years in Parliament, who is going to supplement YOUR very generous pensions and benefits? Could it also be the tax payers? Mr,Hockey, is THAT fair?
    Not Senile Yet!
    13th Jun 2014
    2:40am
    Turnbull is a liberal blue blood.......however he does not agree with kicking the downtrodden or people on limited incomes through no direct fault of their own.
    He is wise enough to see that with a little help they become the future consumers for all business.
    Big Business needs the little folk/workers to be able to afford to buy....yes to buy buy buy!
    Turnbull is wise enough to know that both Big Business and the workers need each other to survive!
    Abbott & Costello on the other hand think anyone without a job is a bludger on the system by choice!
    Rather Silly really......business needs employees.....employees need businesses for jobs......not that complicated!
    If either get too greedy they hurt each other!
    What neither need is a Government that enacts policies that restrict or diminish a persons ability to survive(pay for living expenses) and have a little left to Spend/Invest!
    Shrink the spending power of the people you only shrink the economy!
    Shrink the reward for investing and you shrink the job market!
    The future Governments need to Manage their Budgets without reaching into the Tax payers pocket to balance the books! Each time they increase the cost of living....they reduce the publics buying power....which in turn hurts the business man.....not good!
    Turnbull is a real threat to Abbott because he knows all this and also knows how to run a successful business.......his experience is a direct threat to Abbotts lack of credentials...lack of economic management.
    Still a liberal though.....still more likely to look after big business!
    But then again......maybe he would do it in a manner that it created more jobs......not got rid of them!
    As for Bolte.....well his job is to create headlines...something he does by being controversial......and does it well!
    Nobody actually likes him......but most know he gets paid well to do just what he does!