I've previously been a little reluctant to be too critical of Malcolm Turnbull as our new PM, under the assumption that he is constrained by pre-existing policies and right wing fanatics who he cannot properly marginalise without a mandate from the electorate. I was prepared to hold my judgement until after the election that I still think he will win, but I am getting impatient, particularly as he condones and abets the breathtaking hypocrisy of his more conservative party members.
The review into the safe schools initiative is staggering. Backed by groups such as Beyond Blue and the Australian Education Union, the anti-bullying program faces criticism that it is a form of indoctrination from the same government that spends 30 times that figure on a school chaplains program. This review is so farcical I don’t think there is anything else to write about it.
In the same week we also had the announcement of a hundred million dollars for research into coal power (an industry that is dying globally) juxtaposed against slashing of climate scientist jobs from our world renowned CSIRO. Once again, there is nothing I need to write to describe just how backwards this is.
A recent newspaper headline read that Malcolm Turnbull is losing the chance to be a great PM. I thought that summed it up pretty well, but I would substitute the word great for good. Rhonda Roussey might have previously described him as a ‘Do-nothing PM,’ but if the two examples above are symptomatic of what we can expect from his government in the future, I would rather he goes back to his previous dithering.