Turnbull scores a ‘D’ for delusion, desertion and dead cats

Turnbull scores a ‘D’ for delusion, desertion and dead cats, by Janet Albrechtsen.

After much vacillation last year, [Turnbull] dabbled on reforming 18C at the beginning of 2017, but it was a political performance, not a hard sell based on liberal-minded convictions. The result in March — minor process changes — reflected Turnbull’s transactional politics, where he can say he tried, but other left-leaning Liberals defeated him. These LINOs — Liberals in Name Only — as one Twitter pundit labelled them last week, talk just a little about free speech, or religious freedoms, but do even less to defend these core liberal principles. …

These days Turnbull’s only cheer squad are LINOs. …

If Turnbull can convince parliament this week to beef up guarantees of religious freedoms in the same-sex marriage bill, kudos to him. Alternatively, it will go the same way as 18C — a half-hearted attempt by a Prime Minister not upset that LINOs got their way.

hat-tip Stephen Neil