The Turnbull Gamble

Wayne Errington, Peter van Onselen
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The Turnbull Gamble

Published

8 September 2016

ISBN

9780522870732

Weight

280g

Size

234mm x 153mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Turnbull Gamble

Wayne Errington, Peter van Onselen

The Liberal Party took a risk replacing Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull. They had seen how voters could turn when the ALP tore down a first-term prime minister. But MPs were desperate, having witnessed the collapse in polling during Abbott's prime ministership. By the time Turnbull called the election it was still unclear what he wanted to achieve. He seemed strangely underprepared for a job that he had fought so long to win.

Turnbull leads a party whose culture he doesn't share. While the narrow election victory may have justified the gamble to place him in office, does Turnbull have the leadership qualities needed to break the cycle of division and instability of the last decade?

The Liberal Party took a risk replacing Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull. They had seen how voters could turn when the ALP tore down a first-term prime minister. But MPs were desperate, having witnessed the collapse in polling during Abbott's prime ministership. By the time Turnbull called the election it was still unclear what he wanted to achieve. He seemed strangely underprepared for a job that he had fought so long to win.

Turnbull leads a party whose culture he doesn't share. While the narrow election victory may have justified the gamble to place him in office, does Turnbull have the leadership qualities needed to break the cycle of division and instability of the last decade?

About the author

Peter van Onselen

Dr Peter van Onselen is a Contributing Editor at The Australian and presenter at Sky News. He has frequently appeared in the media as a political commentator, panellist, contributing editor, host and print journalist. A co-author of the bestseller John Winston Howard: The Definitive Biography and Battleground, he was recently appointed Winthrop Professor and Foundation Chair of Journalism at the University of Western Australia.

About Peter van Onselen

Wayne Errington

Wayne Errington is Lecturer in Political Science at the Australian National University. He has written extensively about Australian politics in newspaper opinion pages across the country: The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

About Wayne Errington

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