John Hewson continues to attack Malcolm Turnbull in his regular column in the Sydney Morning Herald,
telling readers that Malcolm's populism on the South Australian blackout and being harsh on refugees amounts to a sell-out of his previously 'wet' Liberal positions. He also calls out the fact that there is no plan whatsoever for the future of the economy:All we heard in the recent campaign was the slogan "Jobs and Growth" – we weren't even told whether that was positive or negative! It could certainly be the latter, if our economy remains flat against the background of a weak global economy and flat world growth, as power prices and other costs and taxes accelerate domestically.
C'mon, Dr. Hewson, you know as well as the rest of us that "jobz 'n growf" is just a slogan to try and allay public fears that the exact opposite is happening. Witness Malcolm in South Australia earlier this week trying to tell us that there are jobs-a-plenty raining down on people and that no young person will have to leave SA for a future (ABC)
: "It is very important to recognise this. You have never had a Prime Minister who is more supportive, more committed to industry, advanced manufacturing, technology, science, engineering in SA — because we are putting the most advanced manufacturing projects in Australia in SA," he told 891 ABC Adelaide. Mr Turnbull said naval ship building, the future frigates program and submarine construction for the Australian Navy would create more high-skilled jobs and stop young people having to leave SA for better job prospects elsewhere.
In reality, that program is tiny and will only employ a few hundred highly-skilled engineering, design and fabrication personnel - IF and WHEN it ever gets off the ground with its billions of dollars in government money.