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Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “We learn from every natural disaster. Whether it’s a fire or a flood, we learn something from it so we can respond to the next one better.”

We learn from every natural disaster. Whether it’s a fire or a flood, we learn something from it so we can respond to the next one better.

— Malcolm Turnbull



Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “What you’ve got to do is recognize that you don’t control everything for a start, you’ve got to play the cards you’re dealt, the hand of cards you’re dealt, as best you can, and that’s what I always seek to do.”

What you’ve got to do is recognize that you don’t control everything for a start, you’ve got to play the cards you’re dealt, the hand of cards you’re dealt, as best you can, and that’s what I always seek to do.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “The way to lose weight is to eat less, so I ate a lot less for a month and lost a lot of weight pretty quickly.”

The way to lose weight is to eat less, so I ate a lot less for a month and lost a lot of weight pretty quickly.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “We are already experiencing the symptoms of climate change, especially with a hotter and drier climate in southern Australia – the rush to construct desalination plants is an expensive testament to that.”

We are already experiencing the symptoms of climate change, especially with a hotter and drier climate in southern Australia – the rush to construct desalination plants is an expensive testament to that.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Anyone who thinks it’s smart to cut immigration is sentencing Australia to poverty.”

Anyone who thinks it’s smart to cut immigration is sentencing Australia to poverty.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “I don’t find myself in moral turmoil. I’m not given to turmoil of any kind.”

I don’t find myself in moral turmoil. I’m not given to turmoil of any kind.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Gone are the days when your indiscretions at university were recorded in a roneoed college newsletter of which there is only one copy left tucked in a filing cabinet at the back of a library. Today that same college newsletter is online, accessible by the whole world now and forever.”

Gone are the days when your indiscretions at university were recorded in a roneoed college newsletter of which there is only one copy left tucked in a filing cabinet at the back of a library. Today that same college newsletter is online, accessible by the whole world now and forever.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “People learn from failure or from lack of success.”

People learn from failure or from lack of success.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “I’m sick of the cover-ups, I’m sick of the lies, and so are the bloody veterans, that come out daily of the department’s mouth.”

I’m sick of the cover-ups, I’m sick of the lies, and so are the bloody veterans, that come out daily of the department’s mouth.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “In economics, one of the most important concepts is ‘opportunity cost’ – the idea that once you spend your money on something, you can’t spend it again on something else.”

In economics, one of the most important concepts is ‘opportunity cost’ – the idea that once you spend your money on something, you can’t spend it again on something else.

— Malcolm Turnbull



Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Climate change is a global problem. The planet is warming because of the growing level of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. If this trend continues, truly catastrophic consequences are likely to ensue from rising sea levels, to reduced water availability, to more heat waves and fires.”

Climate change is a global problem. The planet is warming because of the growing level of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. If this trend continues, truly catastrophic consequences are likely to ensue from rising sea levels, to reduced water availability, to more heat waves and fires.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “I try to talk about policy issues intelligently, I try very hard to avoid thought bubbles. I make sure my speeches are well researched and footnoted. I make sure I am not talking through my hat.”

I try to talk about policy issues intelligently, I try very hard to avoid thought bubbles. I make sure my speeches are well researched and footnoted. I make sure I am not talking through my hat.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “The proliferation of outlets that digital technology has enabled has itself contributed to the changing nature of what we regard as ‘news’ and the way in which many citizens perceive politics.”

The proliferation of outlets that digital technology has enabled has itself contributed to the changing nature of what we regard as ‘news’ and the way in which many citizens perceive politics.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “While our energy efficiency is improving, there is a very high correlation, almost near perfect correlation, between GDP growth, and energy usage.”

While our energy efficiency is improving, there is a very high correlation, almost near perfect correlation, between GDP growth, and energy usage.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “If consulted by friends about marital dramas, I always encourage the singles to marry, the married to stick together, the neglectful and wayward to renew their loving commitment and the wronged to forgive.”

If consulted by friends about marital dramas, I always encourage the singles to marry, the married to stick together, the neglectful and wayward to renew their loving commitment and the wronged to forgive.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Mitt Romney speaking to a $50,000-a-plate Republican fundraiser says he doesn’t have to worry about the 47 per cent of Americans who don’t pay tax. He was not counting on the smart phone recording his speech and then posting it on YouTube.”

Mitt Romney speaking to a $50,000-a-plate Republican fundraiser says he doesn’t have to worry about the 47 per cent of Americans who don’t pay tax. He was not counting on the smart phone recording his speech and then posting it on YouTube.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “I’ve been around in public life for a long time. I think people know what I stand for. They know that I have strong convictions, committed principles and I’m prepared to stand up for them.”

I’ve been around in public life for a long time. I think people know what I stand for. They know that I have strong convictions, committed principles and I’m prepared to stand up for them.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “If Margaret Thatcher took climate change seriously and believed that we should take action to reduce global greenhouse emissions, then taking action and supporting and accepting the science can hardly be the mark of incipient Bolshevism.”

If Margaret Thatcher took climate change seriously and believed that we should take action to reduce global greenhouse emissions, then taking action and supporting and accepting the science can hardly be the mark of incipient Bolshevism.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “When politicians offer you something for nothing, or something that sounds too good to be true, it’s always worth taking a careful second look.”

When politicians offer you something for nothing, or something that sounds too good to be true, it’s always worth taking a careful second look.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Many Liberals are rightly dismayed that on this vital issue of climate change we are not simply without a policy, without any prospect of having a credible policy but we are now without integrity. We have given our opponents the irrefutable, undeniable evidence that we cannot be trusted.”

Many Liberals are rightly dismayed that on this vital issue of climate change we are not simply without a policy, without any prospect of having a credible policy but we are now without integrity. We have given our opponents the irrefutable, undeniable evidence that we cannot be trusted.

— Malcolm Turnbull



Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “I believe that politicians should speak the truth all the time. Invariably there will be occasions when you make statements that are factually incorrect due to an error.”

I believe that politicians should speak the truth all the time. Invariably there will be occasions when you make statements that are factually incorrect due to an error.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “You cannot keep on saying oh, you know, talking about disrespecting women as just being politically correct or it’s not a big deal or brushing things off. You’ve got to be aware of it.”

You cannot keep on saying oh, you know, talking about disrespecting women as just being politically correct or it’s not a big deal or brushing things off. You’ve got to be aware of it.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “The question of whether or to what extent human activities are causing global warming is not a matter of ideology, let alone of belief. The issue is simply one of risk management.”

The question of whether or to what extent human activities are causing global warming is not a matter of ideology, let alone of belief. The issue is simply one of risk management.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Everyone’s got different views. I think you’re better off staying within the party and prosecuting those views than stepping out of it.”

Everyone’s got different views. I think you’re better off staying within the party and prosecuting those views than stepping out of it.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “It’s really corny to say, but if you are happily married and have good kids, that is about 98 per cent of what you should be seeking to achieve.”

It’s really corny to say, but if you are happily married and have good kids, that is about 98 per cent of what you should be seeking to achieve.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Nobody looks at opinion polls with more attention than politicians, but of course you’ve got to remember that a single poll is a snapshot in time.”

Nobody looks at opinion polls with more attention than politicians, but of course you’ve got to remember that a single poll is a snapshot in time.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “I believe politicians should aim to be accurate and truthful in what they say at all times. You can be truthful and inaccurate but what you shouldn’t be doing at any time is saying things that are untrue or making commitments that you have no intention of honouring.”

I believe politicians should aim to be accurate and truthful in what they say at all times. You can be truthful and inaccurate but what you shouldn’t be doing at any time is saying things that are untrue or making commitments that you have no intention of honouring.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “You’ve got to remember that it’s a two horse race. So when the Government is doing badly the Opposition is doing better and vice versa.”

You’ve got to remember that it’s a two horse race. So when the Government is doing badly the Opposition is doing better and vice versa.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Broadcasters or politicians or writers who think that they are respecting Struggle Street, the battlers, by dumbing things down into one-line sound bites are not respecting them, they are treating them with contempt. It’s our job above all in politics to tackle the big issues and to explain them.”

Broadcasters or politicians or writers who think that they are respecting Struggle Street, the battlers, by dumbing things down into one-line sound bites are not respecting them, they are treating them with contempt. It’s our job above all in politics to tackle the big issues and to explain them.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Greece is an extreme case: a country where both the level of spending and the level of taxation were unsustainable!”

Greece is an extreme case: a country where both the level of spending and the level of taxation were unsustainable!

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “There is a tendency to try to dumb everything down and turn everything into a one-paragraph press release or even less, just a slogan.”

There is a tendency to try to dumb everything down and turn everything into a one-paragraph press release or even less, just a slogan.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “China and India will take the global leadership on climate change: they are suffering for it.”

China and India will take the global leadership on climate change: they are suffering for it.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Honest people, knowledgeable people, really well-informed people can have very different views about what the right measures are on national security.”

Honest people, knowledgeable people, really well-informed people can have very different views about what the right measures are on national security.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “I do not believe we can effectively move Australia to a lower emission economy, which is what we need to do if we’re going to make a contribution to a global reduction in greenhouse gases, without putting a price on carbon.”

I do not believe we can effectively move Australia to a lower emission economy, which is what we need to do if we’re going to make a contribution to a global reduction in greenhouse gases, without putting a price on carbon.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Governments enjoying surpluses have a very strong temptation to splash money around, and while tax cuts are always appealing, cutting taxes at the top of a boom runs the real risk of creating a structural deficit when the boom subsides.”

Governments enjoying surpluses have a very strong temptation to splash money around, and while tax cuts are always appealing, cutting taxes at the top of a boom runs the real risk of creating a structural deficit when the boom subsides.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “But who knows, some years from now if there’s a global emissions trading scheme agreement, as many have hoped for, then I’m sure Australia would be part of it.”

But who knows, some years from now if there’s a global emissions trading scheme agreement, as many have hoped for, then I’m sure Australia would be part of it.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “The only reason to be in politics is public service. There’s no other reason. Frankly, if that’s the best job you can get in terms of money, that’s too bad, you know. Because frankly, it’s not well paid, everyone knows that. So for most people it’s a big sacrifice.”

The only reason to be in politics is public service. There’s no other reason. Frankly, if that’s the best job you can get in terms of money, that’s too bad, you know. Because frankly, it’s not well paid, everyone knows that. So for most people it’s a big sacrifice.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Look at countries like China, they are determined to dominate all clean technology areas, putting lots of money into wind, solar, electric vehicles and battery storage. America’s political impotence, caused by their terrible partisanship, will see them left behind.”

Look at countries like China, they are determined to dominate all clean technology areas, putting lots of money into wind, solar, electric vehicles and battery storage. America’s political impotence, caused by their terrible partisanship, will see them left behind.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “The Liberal Party is and always has been an amalgam between the conservative and the liberal with a small L traditions. And so from time to time people will see it emphasising one more than the other. I think it is genuinely an amalgam between the two.”

The Liberal Party is and always has been an amalgam between the conservative and the liberal with a small L traditions. And so from time to time people will see it emphasising one more than the other. I think it is genuinely an amalgam between the two.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “All Australians understand that high-quality, reliable and affordable broadband is a critical part of the infrastructure our nation needs to prosper in coming years.”

All Australians understand that high-quality, reliable and affordable broadband is a critical part of the infrastructure our nation needs to prosper in coming years.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “People invest in companies in order to get a share of the profit that company will make. If the Government increases its share of the profits, potential profits, at the expense of the owners of the company, the shareholders, then that makes investment in that company less attractive.”

People invest in companies in order to get a share of the profit that company will make. If the Government increases its share of the profits, potential profits, at the expense of the owners of the company, the shareholders, then that makes investment in that company less attractive.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “Newspapers are busily experimenting with different models. Traditionally, and I suspect in hindsight very mistakenly, online news was free. And once given free access readers felt it was their entitlement.”

Newspapers are busily experimenting with different models. Traditionally, and I suspect in hindsight very mistakenly, online news was free. And once given free access readers felt it was their entitlement.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “There’s the occasion when politicians will say things that are simply not true or that they make commitments that they have no intention of fulfilling. That is something that I think should not happen. That’s a no-no. That’s a third rail that you shouldn’t touch.”

There’s the occasion when politicians will say things that are simply not true or that they make commitments that they have no intention of fulfilling. That is something that I think should not happen. That’s a no-no. That’s a third rail that you shouldn’t touch.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “On balance, after weighing the arguments, I believe that the time has come for Australia to create a new sovereign wealth fund.”

On balance, after weighing the arguments, I believe that the time has come for Australia to create a new sovereign wealth fund.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “The biggest review of taxation ever undertaken in this country, is now dead in the water.”

The biggest review of taxation ever undertaken in this country, is now dead in the water.

— Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull Quote: “The most effective check and balance on government has been an independent press which maintains its credibility by ensuring that its criticism is balanced and based on fact – based indeed on solid journalistic work.”

The most effective check and balance on government has been an independent press which maintains its credibility by ensuring that its criticism is balanced and based on fact – based indeed on solid journalistic work.

— Malcolm Turnbull

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