‘A national security scandal’: Kevin Rudd names three gaps in defence strategy

Original article by Anthony Galloway
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 3-Jul-20

The federal government’s new defence strategy includes expenditure of $270 billion over the next 10 years on boosting the Australian Defence Force. However, former prime minister Kevin Rudd contends there are three major gaps in the strategy: failing to build up Australia’s cyber defences with sufficient speed; insufficient spending in the Pacific region, and delays in the delivery of new submarines. Rudd noted his government’s 2009 Defence White Policy had called for a doubling of Australia’s submarine fleet, and he claims the submarine project has been "comprehensively botched".

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Malcolm Turnbull slams PM’s response to climate change and bushfires

Original article by Bevan Shields
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 23-Jan-20

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has used a BBC interview to criticise his successor Scott Morrison over his handling of the bushfires crisis. Amongst other things, Turnbull has accused Morrison of misleading the public by downplaying the impact of climate change on the bushfires. He has also questioned why Morrison had ignored warnings from fire experts about the likely severity of the bushfire season. Turnbull has also called US President Donald Trump the world’s "leading climate denier" and doubled down on his criticism of News Corp’s stance on climate change.

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Be ready for sanctions on China: Abbott

Original article by Bo Seo, Angus Grigg
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 29-Nov-19

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has used a Lowy Institute speech to warn that the crisis in Hong Kong may require targeted sanctions to be imposed on China. He also argued that Australia’s strategy to deal with the growing power of China should include an increase in military spending, which is currently set at two per cent of GDP. Abbott also said Australia needs to establish closer relations with India. He added that it might be time for Australia to undertake freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea.

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Denialists are to blame for high power bills: Turnbull

Original article by Troy Bramston
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 8-Oct-19

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says the federal government’s lack of a ‘­coherent’ national energy policy has resulted in higher electricity prices in Australia and higher greenhouse gas emissions. He has also accused the Liberal Party of having been influenced by a group that is "denialist and reactionary" on the issue of climate change. Turnbull contends that Robert Menzies regarded the Liberal Party as being ‘genuinely progressive’ rather than a ‘conventional conservative party’. He argues that the term ‘conservative’ has lost its true meaning.

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Turnbull’s plan to destroy News Corp influence

Original article by Aaron Patrick
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 15-Apr-19

Alex Turnbull is helping independent candidates in a number of seats at the federal election, but he says that Zali Steggall is not one of them. The former Olympian is running against ex-prime minister Tony Abbott in the seat of Warringah. Turnbull, who is a private investor based in Singapore and the son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, says he wants to get more centrist MPs into parliament, as well as reducing the influence of the Murdoch family on Australian politics.

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Meghan Markle’s hope for her unborn child on International Women’s Day

Original article by Pallavi Singhal
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 9-Mar-19

Meghan Markle has told an International Women’s Day panel at Kings College in London that she hopes her first child will be a feminist. The Duchess of Sussex is due to give birth in April. Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was one of the other panel members, with Gillard saying her work with the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at Kings College is all about determining how to do away with the barriers that prevent women becoming leaders across all societies. Markle said many of the world’s problems can be solved by giving girls access to education.

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Tony Abbott’s Paris backflip reveals the emptiness of last year’s leadership madness

Original article by David Crowe
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 8-Mar-19

Tony Abbott has backtracked on his call for Australia to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. Abbott was all for pulling out of the agreement last July, and it is now clear that his crusade was all about trying to hurt then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and replacing him with a new leader, rather than energy policy. Abbott is clearly worried that Zali Steggall, who is running against him as an independent candidate and who has been campaigning strongly on climate action, has a good chance of beating him.

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Former PM Malcolm Turnbull slams Liberal Party in BBC interview

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News.com.au – Page: Online : 8-Mar-19

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed in an interview with British journalist Andrew Neil that he was ousted because the Liberal Party believed that he would win the 2019 election. Turnbull maintains that the Coalition had been in a winnable position when he was ousted in August. He says public opinion polls of the time showed that support for the Coalition and Labor was evenly split, and that the Coalition was ahead in marginal seats. Turnbull adds that the Liberals can still win the election, but notes that successor Scott Morrison is faring worse than him in the polls.

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Huge taxpayer bill

Original article by Rob Harris, Claire Bickers
Herald Sun – Page: 4 : 11-Dec-18

Analysis shows that the pension, travel and office entitlements of former Australian prime ministers have cost taxpayers about $19m in total since 2010. Meanwhile, new figures show that the ousting of ex-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in August has cost more than $4.5m in severance pay This includes nearly $1.9m in payouts for 35 staffers who opted not to remain in the prime minister’s office following the leadership spill.

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Sparks fly in ex-PM’s energy war

Original article by Simon Benson, Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 5-Dec-18

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says the federal government should implement his signature national energy policy, noting that it had been strongly supported by his successor Scott Morrison. Turnbull has also rejected suggestions that the government had shelved the NEG shortly before he was ousted, stating that Cabinet had agreed to put it on hold until there was sufficient support in parliament to pass the legislation. A spokesman for Turnbull has also denied claims that he has discussed the NEG with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten since the leadership spill.

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