Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made an apology to the masses, saying he never meant to make people believe he supported marriage equality, climate change activities, refugee influx, and the public education system.
When 5AA Radio asked the prime minister in Adelaide about the “old Malcolm” and his ideals, the top Aussie leader said he is not interested in commenting on that. SBS Australia also reported him saying that he never intended to make Australians feel he supported issues like gay marriage, refugee crisis dealing, climate change action, among other issues.
“There seems to be some confusion that somehow I’m a hypocrite for backing away from my beliefs on those issues. But the truth is, I never cared about them in the first place. For me, it’s always been about lower taxes for companies and taking out the unions. That’s it,” he said as quoted by Chaser Australia. “All my other positions were just there to make dinner parties with Lucy’s friends easier. I mean, why is anyone surprised? I’m an investment banker, for God’s sake.”
Turnbull also confirmed that if the Coalition won the July 2 federal elections 2016, he would definitely vouch his “yes” as far as legalisation of gay marriage was concerned. The prime minister understood that it was difficult to convince the public by giving a justification of things while being in a top position and before coming into power through their support. Once he made them feel he supported the issues they favoured and came into power, he said he found it hard to change his position.
He urged his opponents to show some “civility.” “Sorry, but where I come from accountability tends to be measured in millilitres of single-malt Scotch, not words and actions,” he added.
Meanwhile, ex-Liberal Opposition leader John Hewson claimed that the party machinery has forced the prime minister to withdraw his support from issues like marriage equality, climate change, and the other issues. “Obviously, Malcolm did a deal to get there, and the deal he did actually compromised some of the basic positions that he’d previously held, and held publicly,” Hewson said as quoted by the ABC.
“I think it’s a close contest. I think Shorten is a person who runs on confidence, he’s had a bit of a boost to his confidence in recent days, so he’s looking slightly better while Turnbull’s been struggling.”