Malcolm Turnbull loses credibility over Utegate

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    Personally we need to be careful of a re connect back to Malcolm !

    One only needs to go back to 2009 to understand just how quick polls & their ABC can turn on a leader !

    As was the case with Rudd & Gillard " be careful what you wish for ", as both of these character were not what they seemed

    Malcolm Turnbull loses credibility over Utegate affair
    • By Malcolm Farr and wires
    • The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph
    • June 29, 2009 10:30AM

    MALCOLM Turnbull's credibility and his standing as the alternative prime minister have been smashed by the Utegate campaign he launched against Kevin Rudd, according to an exclusive Galaxy poll.

    More than half of voters believe the Opposition Leader was, at best, deceitful during his attempt to use the controversy to knock the Prime Minister out of office.

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    While the electorate gave a harsh judgment on Mr Turnbull's role they were significantly more positive about the Prime Minister, the Galaxy Research survey found.

    Some 61 per cent of voters said at the weekend Mr Rudd had been open and honest over the controversy, or, at worst, economical with the truth.

    Mr Turnbull has withdrawn but not apologised for his calls for Mr Rudd to resign over the suggestion he had asked for special attention for a Brisbane car dealer friend.

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    A police investigation last Monday found an email the Opposition said established the preferential treatment had been forged.

    The poll found 51 per cent of people questioned believed Mr Turnbull had been dishonest or somewhat deceitful.
    There is no suggestion Mr Turnbull was involved in creating the fake note. He said yesterday he had given a statement to Australian Federal Police on the matter.

    But his role in promoting the email is still unclear with Mr Turnbull still denying the Opposition had first made it public, despite it being read out to a Senate inquiry on June 19 by Liberal Eric Abetz.

    "We did not publish this so-called fake email," Mr Turnbull told Meet the Press.

    The Opposition begins the six-week parliamentary break needing to shore up its vote as well as the reputation of its leader.

    Galaxy found the Coalition's primary vote fell two percentage points over the month to 30 per cent, against a one percentage point rise for Labor to 44 per cent.
    On a two-party preferred basis, the Coalition vote fell one percentage point to 44 per cent and Labor's rose one percentage point to 56 per cent.

    The movements are too small to be directly linked to the Utegate affair but will add to Opposition worries, as well as adding to speculation about Mr Turnbull's standing with his colleagues.
    Senior Liberal Tony Abbott said today the bad polls were to be expected following a tough week, but the coalition was standing behind its leader.

    "We had a very tough week last week and when you've had a tough week you tend to get bad polls," he told ABC radio.

    "But just as Malcolm didn't flinch last week it's important that the party doesn't flinch this week.
    "We have a good leader, he's going to lead us through to the next election, and we've got to get behind him."
    Mr Abbott dismissed speculation that opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey was positioning himself for a tilt at the leadership.

    "Anyone who saw any of the senior people in the party last week would know that we were all doing our best to prosecute the case against (Treasurer) Wayne Swan," he said.

    People were only human, he said, suggesting there may be some rumblings within the ranks, but "the fact is you can't respond to bad polls".

    Labor threw everything but the kitchen sink at Mr Turnbull last week.
    "The smear campaign that they waged has had an impact," he said, but that didn't mean Mr Turnbull's leadership was mortally wounded.

    Opposition frontbencher Andrew Robb has dismissed Liberal Party leadership talk, saying Mr Turnbull "no doubt" will lead the coalition to the next federal election.

    But he's not surprised by Mr Turnbull being out of favour with voters surveyed by Newspoll, Nielsen and Galaxy.
    He described the OzCar affair, which dominated parliament and political coverage, as having a "soap opera-type atmosphere".

    "I think that reflects what's happened in the polls this week," he told ABC Television.
    Government debt and unemployment would be the issues the coalition took to the next election, he said.
    Liberal senator Mitch Fifield denied Mr Turnbull's leadership was in trouble.

    "The facts are that Malcolm is our leader and he will take us to the next election," he told Sky News.
    Senator Fifield said he wasn't sure there would be a coalition frontbench reshuffle, adding the opposition had "a pretty good team".


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