Malcolm Turnbull makes lunge for the prime ministership. Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation how the day unfolded:
Here are a few quotes from yesterday, which sounded to me that Turnbull’s promised style of leadership would be an improvement to what we have been used to.
Turnbull said that Abbott “has not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs. He has not been capable of providing the economic confidence business needs”.
In a swingeing attack on Abbott’s style, Turnbull said: “We need advocacy not slogans. We need to respect the intelligence of the Australian people.
“We also need a new style of leadership in the way we deal with others – whether it is our fellow members of parliament, whether it is the Australian people.
“We need to restore traditional cabinet government. There must be an end to policy on the run and captain’s calls.
“We need an open government that recognises that there is an enormous sum of wisdom within our colleagues in this building and, of course, further afield.”