Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

OUR SAY: Turnbull fights in Abbott’s shadow

THERE are some inherent risks in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's strategy to run what is effectively a 100-day campaign to a likely double dissolution election on July 2.

Mr Turnbull gets top marks for pushing through Senate reform, making it extremely hard for micro party candidates to in future game the system to win Senate seats on miniscule primary votes and complex preference deals.

His trigger for a DD is as decisive but somewhat less convincing; re-establishing a commission to weed out corruption and standover tactics in the construction industry is not at front of mind of most voters.

The urbane Mr Turnbull talks a good talk for aspirational Australians.

He is a born communicator yet his office clearly is not keeping his Treasurer Scott Morrison in the loop, for whatever reason.

There is real tension building between the two men, but the PM's biggest problem is the man he deposed, Tony Abbott, a take-no-prisoners opposition leader who was an abject failure as prime minister.

Mr Abbott seethes from the backbench, and with the support of cronies from the right wing rump of the LNP, could continue to derail the Turnbull-Joyce government's re-election chances.

Labor's Bill Shorten, whose high water mark may have been the Beaconsfield mine disaster, was responsible for the revolving door that was Rudd-Gillard-Rudd, and carries heavy baggage.

However, the former union leader knows this is his one shot at the Lodge and is finally cutting through with speeches on the stump and at press conferences.



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