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Keating on Turnbull - he has no judgement. Abbott in The Spectator this week, "Successful leaders need judgement......!"

Peter Hartcher writes on Keating's advice to Rudd after Turnbull ousted Nelson:

Keating told Rudd he had studied Turnbull over the years. Rudd had to understand three key things.

Turnbull was brilliant.

Turnbull was utterly fearless.

Rudd, "Is there any good news?"

Turnbull has no judgment. 

Tony Abbott writes Australian Diary for the UK's The Spectator.


Australian diary

14 November 2015


Some months back, head of government duties meant that I had to decline an invitation to give the Thatcher lecture in London to commemorate one of Britain’s greatest ever prime ministers. Some weeks ago, noticing that I had more time on my hands, the organisers renewed their invitation. I was very pleased to accept.

What was it that made Margaret Thatcher a great leader? Successful leaders need judgment, temperament, energy, self-belief – and, the quality that Napoleon valued above all in his generals, luck. Three years into her prime ministership, Thatcher was deeply unpopular for refusing to bail out failing companies and was openly defied by senior members of her cabinet; but Providence gave her two spectacular opportunities to demonstrate her mettle: in 1982 she despatched an expedition that liberated the Falkland Islands from Argentine invasion; and, in her second term, she stared down a coal miners’ strike designed to show that unions were more powerful than government. Along the way, particularly by selling council houses to their tenants, she helped to resurrect the entrepreneurial spirit that has once more made Britain the most dynamic economy in Europe. She set the gold standard for strong leadership based on clear convictions.

My challenge was to say something worthy of her. It had to be an issue of consequence and it had to be a subject where I had standing – so perhaps unsurprisingly, I spoke of the challenge of illegal migration that Europe is struggling with but that Australia, at least for the moment, has largely solved. No one should underestimate Australia’s achievement here. In the month of July 2013 alone, scarcely two years ago, more than 4,000 boat people arrived in Australia. Illegal arrivals were then running at the rate of 50,000 a year and rising fast. This time, even the principal authors of the policies that had previously stopped the boats after 2001 believed that the situation was too-far-out-of-control to be fixed. But fix it my government did. To the Howard government’s policies we added the preparedness to send people back in orange life boats where people smugglers had scuttled their vessels. As soon as the people smugglers and their customers realised that putting to sea would simply bring them back to Indonesia many thousands of dollars poorer, the trade stopped – and so did the drownings, which is why stopping the boats was the only truly compassionate thing to do.

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