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Turnbull and SloMo: the debacle continues



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CHRIS BOWEN MP SHADOW TREASURER MEMBER FOR MCMAHON

TURNBULL AND SLOMO: THE DEBACLE CONTINUES

The stand-off between the Prime Minister and Treasurer continues with Malcolm Turnbull making the extraordinary admission today that Scott Morrison was not in the “very small circle” of Ministers who discussed the final preparations of an election strategy and a new Budget time.

Mr Turnbull conceded he did not contact the Treasurer the night before he made the announcement to bring forward the Budget from 10 May to 3 May.

The humiliation for the Treasurer continues as the entrails of this debacle were dissected on Channel Nine’s Today show this morning.

LISA WILKINSON: So Scott Morrison was not alerted on Sunday night that you were likely to make that decision on Monday?

MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, I did not call Scott Morrison on Sunday night. No, I did not. It was a very small circle. I spent the evening, well, the bulk of my time with my ministerial colleagues. It was obviously spent with the Attorney- General, who provided the advice.

WILKINSON: Scott Morrison is not in that small inner circle?”

TURNBULL: Look, Scott Morrison was fully aware of the likelihood of the Budget coming back to 3 May.

TODAY SHOW, WEDNESDAY, 23 MARCH 2016

When Malcolm Turnbull announced he would challenge Tony Abbott, he sighted a breakdown of traditional Cabinet Government as a primary reason. Today Malcolm Turnbull has admitted that he has walled off his own Cabinet to exclude Scott Morrison.

If the Prime Minister does not have faith in his Treasurer, how can he expect the public to?

If

the Prime Minister and Treasurer can’t even work together on something as simple as what day the Budget will be held, how can Australians have any faith in what they decide to put in the Budget?

The Liberal Party has spent the first 48 hours of the unofficial election campaign at war with itself, with Malcolm Turnbull at odds with his Treasurer and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and yet we are still no closer to getting an economic or tax plan from this Government.

WEDNESDAY, 23 MARCH 2016

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