‘He doesn’t have a political bone in his body’: Peter Dutton slams Malcolm Turnbull after he tried to usurp the then-Prime Minister in leadership spill
- Peter Dutton has explosively panned Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘paralysed’ government
- The frontbencher also revealed why his party felt forced to dump their leader
- ‘Malcolm is charming… but he doesn’t have a political bone in his body,’ he said
Peter Dutton has slammed former Liberal Party colleague Malcolm Turnbull, saying the ex-Prime Minister ‘doesn’t have a political bone in his body’.
The Home Affairs Minister made the explosive revelations to The Sunday Mail and divulged why his party felt forced to oust Mr Turnbull as their leader earlier this year.
‘Malcolm is charming and affable but he doesn’t have a political bone in his body,’ Mr Dutton said.
He also criticised Mr Turnbull’s rise and approach to the country’s top job, claiming he had no plan of action in place after he came to power.
‘In 2016, Malcolm ran the worst campaign in Liberal Party history, and we ended up losing 15 seats and were left with a one-seat majority which just made the Parliament unmanageable. We were paralysed,’ Mr Dutton said.
Peter Dutton has explosively lifted the lid on Malcolm Turnbull’s government and panned the former prime minister’s incompetence in power
Mr Dutton also criticised Mr Turnbull’s rise and approach to the country’s top job, claiming he had no plan of action in place after he came to power
‘Countless opportunities to strengthen the Government or nail Shorten passed us by because Malcolm couldn’t make a decision.’
This stance was further compounded when the former Minister for Immigration turned his attention to the recent Wentworth by-election, a one-time Liberal stronghold.
Instead of throwing his support behind the party’s candidate Dave Sharma, Mr Turnbull remained tight-lipped throughout contentiously close the race.
This behaviour, according to Dutton, was worse than any shown by Kevin Rudd during the Labour Party’s leadership crises of the early 2010s.
The rebellion against Mr Turnbull in August was sparked by the conservative wing of the Liberal Party, which feared the Government’s drift to the left was hurting its electoral chances.
Mr Turnbull’s behaviour during the Wentworth by-election was worse than any shown by Kevin Rudd (pictured) during the Labour Party’s leadership crises of the early 2010s
After he was axed, Mr Turnbull remained positive about the government he was leaving behind.
‘It may surprise you on a day like this but I remain very optimistic and positive about our nation’s future, and I want to thank the Australian people,’ he said.
Mr Turnbull went on to slam what he called an ‘insurgency by a number of people, both in the party room and backed by powerful voices in the media’ determined to destroy his prime ministership.
‘The people who chose Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott, who chose to deliberately attack the Government from within, they did so because they wanted to bring the Government down,’ he said.
Mr Turnbull slammed what he called an ‘insurgency by a number of people in the party room after he was axed
‘Insofar as there has been chaos this week, it has been created by the wreckers. I have done everything I can to maintain the stability of government and the stability of the party.
‘But, of course, if people are determined to wreck then they will continue to do so.’
Former prime minister Tony Abbott, who lost the leadership to Mr Turnbull in 2015, looked shocked before adding the party was faced with the task of saving the government.
‘We’ve lost a prime minister but there is still a government to save. That is what we will all try our best to do now,’ he said at the time.