The Turnbull Gamble
|Author:||Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen|
The nation breathed a sigh of relief when Malcolm Turnbull achieved his lifelong dream to become prime minister. Yet months into the job it was unclear what Turnbull wanted to achieve as prime minister. He was strangely underprepared for a job that he had fought so long to win. Turnbull leads a party whose culture he doesn't share. He is interested in policy but is not passionate about any policy in particular and is not so wedded to any idea that that he will fight for it. This confused Australians who expect leaders to lead. Will this long, early election campaign allow Turnbull to grow into the role he has so long coveted. And will a decisive win allow Turnbull to lead on his own terms?
Dr Wayne Errington is the author of numerous books and articles about Australian politics. He is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide. Dr Peter van Onselen is a contributing editor at The Australian and a presenter at Sky News. He holds the chair of journalism and is a professor in politics at the University of Western Australia. Together they wrote the best-selling biography John Winston Howard and Battleground. Why the Liberal Party Shirtfronted Tony Abbott.