Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke believes Malcolm Turnbull is secretly ashamed of himself, and should resign as prime minister.
Speaking at the Woodford Folk Festival on Friday, Mr Hawke claimed the PM had reneged on many of his personal beliefs, including those on climate change, to become elected, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Mr Hawke, Australia’s third longest serving Prime Minister, said he believed Mr Turnbull had started his leadership in shame and therefore had an ‘unsound basis for leadership’.
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke (pictured) told attendees of the Woodford Folk Festival Malcolm Turnbull should resign
Mr Hawke said he believed Mr Turnbull was ‘ashamed’ of how he came to be in power, which was an ‘unsound basis’ for leadership
‘I have a theory that Malcolm is basically ashamed, by that I mean Malcolm had to give up certain issues that he believed in to get the numbers to roll Tony Abbott,’ Mr Hawke said.
‘I generally think Malcolm is ashamed of that, and if you’re ashamed of what you’ve done to get the leadership it’s a pretty unsound basis for leadership.’
Mr Turnbull called a leadership spill in September 2015, and took out the leadership from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott 54 votes to 44.
While he was warmly welcomed by the Australian public, their joy soon turned to disappointment as Mr Turnbull began to campaign for things he had once publicly criticised, such as the controversial postal survey on same-sex marriage.
Malcolm Turnbull (left) rolled former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (right) for the leadership in September 2015
He was warmly welcomed, but has recently drawn the ire of many Australians for turning his back on causes he once publicly stood for
The former Labor leader suggested to the Queensland crowd that the quick interchange between the past four Australian Prime Ministers has been partly due to social media.
In the hour Mr Hawke spent answering questions from the audience, The Courier Mail reported he also labelled Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un ‘both in their own way, lunatics’, and said Australia was the safest place in the world to store nuclear waste.
The 88-year-old said nuclear power could be the answer to Australia’s climate woes, and money earned from storing the waste could be used to enhance the lives of Indigenous Australians.
To end the event in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterlands, Mr Hawke sang Waltzing Matilda with the adoring crowd.
Mr Hawke also told his festival audience social media was to blame for the quick succession of Australian Prime Ministers