Earlier this week, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took centre-table on ABC’s #QandA.
This was his first interview since the leadership spill, so I was ready, popcorn in hand.
Unfortunately, the 60 minute Malcolm-show was a bitter disappointment for those of us that were hoping he would finally show a bit of backbone.
Apart from taking credit for marriage equality—a decision that saw increases in verbal and physical assaults against the LGBTQIA+ community, and a spike in those accessing mental health services—Turnbull spent most of the hour sledging the “insurgents” that plotted his demise. A downfall which, given all of his self-proclaimed outstanding achievements, he can’t understand.
Now, I’m not saying that Turnbull didn’t do some good things, because he did, but this was a chance for the former PM to show the nation that he was the better man. And instead, he played the victim.
When confronted with the treatment of women in federal politics, Turnbull’s response was that “the culture in parliament is not sufficiently respectful of women”.
He went on to say that “it’s like stepping into an office in the 80s. It’s very, very, blokey and insufficiently respectful of women and that’s something just about every woman in parliament could confirm in one way or another.”
Pity that he couldn’t take a stance when he was actually in a position to do something about it.
For those of you that didn’t tune in, I’ll save you the trouble. Turnbull basically spent the hour spitting fire at the Abbott-Dutton potato tag-team, patting himself on the back for Snowy Hydro, and deflecting questions that the population deserved the answers to.
Oh, and he also took every opportunity to talk over host Tony Jones, without ever actually looking at him.
Before Q&A, I still held hope; but it appears the former PM truly is incapable of self-reflecting. While I initially thought Paul Keating was being a little too savage, it appears he was right when he said that one would “need a microscope” to find Turnbull’s true beliefs.