“We are very concerned at the growing gang violence and lawlessness in Victoria, in particular in Melbourne. … This is a failure of the Andrews Labor government.” – Malcolm Turnbull, Herald Sun, 1 January 2018.
“What is lacking is the political leadership and the determination on the part of Premier Daniel Andrews.” – Malcolm Turnbull, Herald Sun, 1 January 2018.
“I think the first thing that you would need to do is to have an honest open discussion about how a president would be elected.” – Malcolm Turnbull, Daily Mail, 1 January 2018.
“Whether the president would be chosen by Parliament … in a bipartisan, two-thirds majority as proposed in ’99 or directly elected. That is the rock on which the referendum floundered in ’99. … You’ve got to have that discussion and it may be that a plebiscite, maybe even a postal survey, given the success of the marriage postal survey, could be one way to deal with that.” – Malcolm Turnbull, The Sidney Morning Herald, 1 Janaury 2018.
“This is not a change that Parliament can make. This is a question for the Australian people and Australians have shown themselves to be very conservative when it comes to constitutional change. … But there is no point pretending that there is an appetite for change when there isn’t one at the moment.” – Malcolm Turnbull, The Sidney Morning Herald, 1 Janaury 2018.
“Paul’s remarks today were … barely coherent.” – Malcolm Turnbull, The Sidney Morning Herald, 1 Janaury 2018.
“Look, this is the bottom line – we gave the republic a great shot in 99, … There was a referendum. Sadly, we lost. I voted yes, I campaigned for yes. … I don’t know what’s prompted Paul [Keating] to come out swinging at everyone. He seems to be critical of every prime minister and former prime minister apart from himself and it must be good for Paul to feel he is without fault or blemish but, in the real world, we gave it a red hot go in 99.” – Malcolm Turnbull, The Guardian, 1 Janaury 2018.
“The government won’t be making additional comments on a matter that relates to an ongoing investigation in the US. So we’ve got nothing further to add to that.” – Malcolm Turnbull, South China Morning Post, 1 January 2018.
“In the American system, there are often delays in appointing ambassadors when a new administration comes in, it is not a matter of concern, … The relationship is in excellent shape and the connections between Australia and the United States are so diverse and numerous, so strong and indeed, our relationship through the State Department is excellent as well.” – Malcolm Turnbull, South China Morning Post, 1 January 2018.
“The rules can often seem very technical, but they are there to keep us safe and we should all comply with them [after being fined for not wearing a life jacket while moving his dinghy on Sydney harbour].” – Malcolm Turnbull, The Guardian, 29 december 2017.
“The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. … We are winning so much, we are winning, we are winning like we have never won before.” – Malcolm Turnbull, 9 news, 27 december 2017.
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