MANNERS: Turnbull in a pickle over courtesy complaint

thereserein Canberra is a strange town where often public displays of competitiveness are frequently at odds with the private reality of friendships that run across politics.

In some ways, there’s less competition between a Labor and a Liberal MP than there is between MPs from the same party. Over late nights, shared overseas trips, lengthy committee hearings, enduring the ardour of Chairman’s Lounge and Embassy drinkies, many unlikely mateships are formed.

One exception to this rule appears to be Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his opposite number Malcolm Turnbull.

Turnbull is not only critical of Rudd who he describes as “very undiplomatic”, “chilly”, “odd” and discourteous, he also rips into Mrs Rudd saying she has the “same attitude.”

Oh dear.

He told the Courier-Mail:

“I have been in the same room as her but I don’t think I have ever had a conversation with her,” he said.

The Australian’s Mills and Boon author aspirant Christian Kerr described K-Rudd’s response:

“I think that is a matter for Mr Turnbull,” Mr Rudd said when pressed by reporters after attending church in Canberra.

He and Ms Rein held hands as he made his remarks, then put their arms around each other’s shoulders before walking to their car.

With the chocolate gelati hitting the fan this morning over the issue, Turnbull has denied attacking Therese Rein saying his comments were taken out of context:

“The suggestion that I had criticised or complained about Therese Rein was a complete invention,” Mr Turnbull told ABC Television Monday.

Mr Turnbull said he was asked by a reporter whether he and his wife Lucy had a social relationship with Mr Rudd and his wife Therese.

“And I said we didn’t,” he said.

“It was a factual answer to a straight-forward question.

“Now, to turn that into a criticism or a complaint was an outrageous piece of journalistic invention.”

If the PM was trying to play mind-games of the Beijing kind with Mr Turnbull, and nothing would surprise, he appears to have succeeded.

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10 responses to “MANNERS: Turnbull in a pickle over courtesy complaint

  1. Mr Jordan

    Outside church. Hugs.

    I am genius.

  2. sophie yummy mummy

    I too am snubbed at the Wangaratta supermarket. They show regular discourtesy when the manager fails to greet me at the door and assist me with my bags of Napisan as I depart. I can’t have staff with me all the time.

  3. Lachie

    Yeah except was my idea Al. Show some maturity or Freddo will take you down.

  4. Rudd soft

    about time we started muscling up against Rudd.

    Abbott is swinging madly. Thank G-d someone is:

    What mixture of conceit and insecurity would cause the Australian prime minister to want to appear to have brow-beaten the American president, and allowed fibs to be told in his name about what the president said?” Mr Abbott said.

    The former Howard government minister said Mr Rudd was still “very much an unknown quantity” because he had not put his stamp on government.

    “He’s almost as much of a mystery now as he was 12 months ago, as he was 24 months ago,” Mr Abbott said.

    The Australian public had been generous to Mr Rudd during his first year in office but that was about to change, he said.

    “I don’t think it’s going to be easy for him in the next 12 to 24 months.”

  5. GOP

    ARE YOU DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN OR REDNECK?

    Here is a little test that will help you decide …

    You’re walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, an Islamic terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah,
    raises the knife, and charges at you.

    You are carrying a Glock cal 40, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family.

    What do you do?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~

    Democrat’s Answer

    Well, that’s not enough information to answer the question!
    Does the man look poor! Or oppressed?

    Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?

    Could we run away?

    What does my wife think? What about the kids?

    Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and
    knock the knife out of his hand?

    What does the law say about this situation?

    Does the Glock have appropriate safety built into it?

    Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of
    message does this send to society and to my children?

    Is it possible he’d be happy with just killing me?

    Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he
    be content just to wound me?

    If I were to grab his knees and hold on,
    could my family get away while he was stabbing me?

    Should I call 9-1-1 ?

    Why is this street so deserted?

    We need to raise taxes, have a paint and weed day and make this
    a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior.

    This is all so confusing!

    I need to discuss with some friends over a latte and
    try to come to a consensus.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~

    Republican’s Answer:

    BANG!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~

    Redneck’s Answer:

    BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click….

    (sounds of reloading)

    BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click

    Daughter: ‘Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the
    Winchester Silver Tips or Hollow Points?’

    Son: ‘You got him, Pop! Can I shoot the next one?’

    Wife: ‘You are not taking that to the taxidermist !
    ———— ——— ——— —–

    AND THATS WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SOUTH!

  6. Squeaky

    Is that South Melbourne or South Geelong?

  7. 300 Year Old Man

    South Geelong.

  8. anon

    Look deeply at Turnbull’s face he has this pained and uncomfortable look.
    It’s either chronic constipation or he is a obsessive masturbator or both.

  9. Wayne Kerr

    To anon,

    I am a obsessive masturbator and never have the costive appearance which you describe.

  10. Wayne Kerr

    ‘an obsessive’

    (sorry, typing with one hand.)

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