Noel Turnbull

“One of the most difficult tasks facing politicians – particularly conservative ones – is how to derail a policy which is popular and principled but which you oppose. You can’t be seen as opposed for your real reasons so you need to come up with other tactics …”

“Opinion polls suggest Peter Dutton and his media accomplices – both Murdoch and the Nine Newspapers – are having some initial success in confusing The Voice issue. It’s not surprising as the tactic has worked very well in many countries in many situations for a long time. It also suits the media who mainline on a daily fix of controversy and what ifs …”