FAIRFAX AND THE ABC WIN THIS ROUND
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Fairfax struck the quinella with the death of Abbott and the mortal wounding of Hockey. Both were despised by the Left Press and it doesn’t pay to sue Fairfax over a "Treasurer for sale" headline and win. But the biggest winner was the ABC... it flummed the trifecta
Not only did “our” publicly-funded broadcaster get the scalps of the hated duo who dared to cut their funding by one per cent per year over five years but they now have Turnbull, their number one ticket holder of the “Friends of the ABC”, as their Prime Minister.
Ex-Fairfax boss Mark Scott and the Gillard-appointed chairman Jim Spigelman are safe to continue wallowing unhindered in taxpayer funds. Half of the ABC’s budget of $1.2 billion is taken up with grossly inflated wages.
The very average Mark Scott’s obscene $64,000 per month, plus expenses, heads the waste list as this profligate behemoth can now openly delight in its self-appointed role as an ALP sheltered workshop encouraged by its mentor, Malcolm Turnbull and the derelict Fairfax Press.
When the carbon copy of Gillard, Julie Bishop, put loyalty aside and burst into the PMO to inform Tony Abbott that his time was up, the death stare she gave Peta Credlin on the way out burnt a hole in the wall behind her.
The damage wreaked by Turnbull and Bishop has been to the Liberal Party itself. “But it will soon be business as usual”, the assailants say. Well, no, it will never be business as usual. This was not simply a matter of Abbott’s lack of electoral appeal, this was an ideological fissure that had been festering for two years and will never heal.
Tony Abbott became a victim of his own success in the landslide 2013 election. He was left with 30 newly elected nobodies who promptly leased new SUVs. Their wives ordered new wardrobes and new carpets despite depleted bank accounts drained from election costs.
The backbench newbies' concept of only one term was unthinkable and what about the neighbours who had witnessed their sharp rise up the social ladder? Oh, the ignominious shame!
Oh, the frantic pillow talk! “Unless you arrange to get rid of Abbott dear, we are surely doomed.”
Yes, both Bishop and Turnbull have bloodied hands, with Morrison artfully straddling the fence, but it was the one-term backbenchers who in February this year moved first, allowing the Cabinet’s Left cabal led by Turnbull and Bishop the room to luxuriate with numbers.
Bishop is a major cat fighter who was not only determined to bring down Credlin but Hockey too. She was livid that Joe had slashed her foreign aid budget, her beloved international calling card, and she had let him have it in no uncertain terms. The power play planned by Turnbull was now a perfect fit for Julie Bishop.
Turnbull’s personality is almost identical to Rudd’s. A dangerously narcissistic sociopath with a sense of destiny in himself, a sincere belief in his superiority that other must surely recognise. In other words a nasty piece of homework in the Rudd mould who will use whatever means at hand to achieve his end.
Like Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull has many new friends, but no old friends. Too many people know him too well, especially in the Labor Party he tried to join on numerous occasions.
"He's a prick," says ex-business-partner Nicholas Whitlam. "He's a turd," says former Labor senator Jim McClelland. "He's easy to loathe, he's a shit, he'd devour anyone for breakfast, he's on the make, he's cynical, he's offensively smug."
Justice Hunt once said of Turnbull, “He has managed to poison the fountain of justice".
How long can he survive? Well, when he was last leader of the Liberals he blundered from crisis to crisis registering 30 consecutive negative News Polls as low as 14 against Rudd's 50s and 60s, before being disposed of. How quickly memories fade.
However he is no fool and his Left ambitions will be shelved until beyond the next election. He has stepped into a successful Government where Abbott’s imprimatur still holds sway.
He will wait for his own assumed mandate before we need to batten the hatches. When I was a good friend and business associate of Kerry Packer I gave this smarmy "adviser" the widest of possible berths.
Monday was a sad day for the Liberal Party, it is deeply fractured, possibly beyond repair, and the Abbott experience tolls an eternal warning for all Party leaders:
“Beware of those you trust most and never win an election by 30 seats more than you need.”