JOE ASTON AND MYRIAM ROBIN. Clean hands? How five Scott Morrison supporters voted to get rid of Turnbull. (AFR 17.9.2018)

Make no mistake, this new PM stood by the last one just like he stood by the one before. Like Brutus stood by Caesar. 

There is no getting around Turnbull’s needless lack of grace in retirement, though Abbott’s has never galled Bolt or Richo; it was just an ongoing “transaction cost”.

None of this absolves Team ScoMo of the absurd depiction of the new PM as a Steven Bradbury sailing into The Lodge by no movement of his own arm. “I wasn’t seeking to change the leadership, as everyone knows,” he claimed yesterday.

“I stood with Tony Abbott when we stopped the boats. I stood with Malcolm Turnbull as we balanced the Budget,” he told Leigh Sales on Tuesday.

Bullshit he did. 40 Liberal MPs voted not to spill Turnbull’s leadership, yet 45 voted for Morrison over Peter Dutton. Ergo, (net) five Morrison supporters voted against Turnbull. His numbers man Stuart Robert can’t stop spelling it out to anyone who’ll listen. So not Dutton or Mathias Cormann.

Make no mistake, this new PM stood by the last one just like he stood by the one before. Like Brutus stood by Caesar. At least Roman traitors could string a sentence together.

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John Laurence Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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