Turnbull waves goodbye after a news conference in Canberra today.

Malcolm Turnbull Claims Climate Change Deniers Conspired to “Take Him Out”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

On Tuesday WUWT suggested Ex Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull was cynically axed from a climate board by his own side because he is a political liability. Turns out we were wrong – according to Turnbull, climate denier thugs and bullies conspired to take him out.

Turnbull claims climate change deniers conspired to take him out

By Mark Saunokonoko • Senior Journalist
10:00am Apr 7, 2021

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is refusing to go quietly after being dumped from a NSW climate change board, accusing the state government of being swayed by global warming deniers and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Speaking on Today, Mr Turnbull claimed the Berejiklian government “couldn’t take the heat” from “thugs and bullies” and cut him loose.”

The fossil fuel lobby, the coal lobby with their supporters in the Murdoch media are very influential, very powerful,” Mr Turnbull said, one day after being sensationally axed.

“They don’t believe in net zero emissions. 

“They don’t believe in global warming or doing anything about it. 

“So someone like me who takes those issues seriously is someone to be opposed.”

Read more: https://www.9news.com.au/national/malcolm-turnbull-claims-thugs-bullies-climate-change-deniers-news-corp-axed-his-job/d523603a-0023-4d12-9459-4d3a450d0888

Turnbull is saddened that people are being misled into thinking he is the enemy of coal miners. Turnbull doesn’t want to destroy coal mining districts, he wants to liberate them, by replacing coal jobs with renewable energy jobs. Turnbull blames a climate denier conspiracy for misrepresenting his desire to help people.

The problem with the idea that coal industry wreckers are actually liberators, is those new renewables jobs which are supposed to replace coal jobs do not exist.

Just as Joe Biden in the USA liberated Keystone workers and oil and gas workers across the USA from a steady income, without making provision for something better to replace what he ripped away BEFORE killing the old jobs, so I suspect Turnbull if he had a chance would start by closing coal mines, callously ignoring the hardship and pain he caused by abruptly shutting down an entire industry.

Do greens like Biden and Turnbull actually believe their own promises of green jobs? Are they really that delusional? Or perhaps they just don’t care – perhaps the promises of green jobs are just convenient lies, to quell objections from people who otherwise might hesitate to inflict the misery of joblessness and broken hopes onto millions of their fellows.

I personally lean towards the “convenient lie” theory. My evidence – Biden’s speech suggesting that miners whose lives he ruins should “learn to code” was in my opinion an act of utter contempt. Miners are smart, mining is a job which literally kills off stupid people. But coding is an art talent most smart people don’t possess.

Whatever the truth is about what is happening inside the heads of green politicians, one thing for sure. People whose lives green politicians gratuitously ruin cannot feed their families with empty promises.

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April 7, 2021 6:18 pm

Maybe no different to what his socialista luvvies do to conservatives every day ?

Welcome to the (your) jungle, Mr Malcontent Turnbull !

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Reply to  Streetcred
April 7, 2021 9:01 pm

Abbott lost his own seat to a ‘net zero zealot’, so there is a lot of votes for that on the conservative ( or blue) side. The power companies are pencilling in the close dates of the coal fired stations. The election for a vacant seat coming up is a marginal area but coal heavy area and the previous MP resigned over a sex scandal.
if the Liberals go all in against coal they will split the party, so it will come down to virtue signaling and sitting on the fence all the while talking up renewables.

Reply to  Duker
April 13, 2021 6:25 am

Sure much turmoil in PM chairs in AU and NZ, is my impression.h

Tom Halla
April 7, 2021 6:23 pm

Turnbull comes across as an Australian version of Al Gore,

Andre Thomas Lewis
Reply to  Tom Halla
April 8, 2021 4:18 pm

Very similar, both getting/staying rich by pushing the AGW meme. Turnbull’s family members are heavily invested in renewable businesses and he and his wife have large agricultural properties adjacent to where some existing coal mines want to expand hence his lobbying state governments to hold back coal mining. It is naked self interest coupled with the usual green delusions. Difference is Al Gore possibly has supporters among his political peers whereas Turnbull is widely detested by his.

Patrick MJD
April 7, 2021 6:33 pm

He’s a sore loser.

Iain Russell
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 7, 2021 7:03 pm

A panty wetting ponce and poseur.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 7, 2021 8:40 pm

no – he is a sore CAREER loser.

Apart from his wealth he has managed to farce up EVERYTHING he has ever championed for at least the last 25 years.

A sane man might realise the common factor in failure is Turnbull himself and throw it in, but nope, Malcolm is committed to reinventing the wooden spoon on every cause he backs because deep down Malcolm knows it is only other people who are standing between him and his godhood.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
April 8, 2021 8:01 pm

You nailed it…… he is a disaster.

April 7, 2021 6:34 pm

Malcolm Turnbull’s enviable property portfolio
Search domain http://www.afr.com/property/malcol...
Aside from residential and commercial interests, the new Prime Minister also owns 20 pastoral rural properties in the Upper Hunter, Scotts Creek and Rossgole in NSW through his private company,…

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Dennis
April 7, 2021 7:50 pm

Done through the company to offset his tax liabilities.

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Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 7, 2021 9:03 pm

After the announcement about his NSW Government appointment, since cancelled, media reported that he and his wife had jointly signed a letter as pastoral land owners in the Hunter Valley NSW for coal mining to be stopped.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Dennis
April 7, 2021 10:51 pm


Patrick MJD
Reply to  Dennis
April 7, 2021 7:49 pm

He and His son is also in to financing renewables projects. So they are nose deep in the trough.

April 7, 2021 6:36 pm

2 things –

1 Turnbull demonstrates his religious fervor for this climate obsession with his phrasing –
“They don’t believe in net zero emissions. 
“They don’t believe in global warming or doing anything about it.”

2 “New green jobs”every one of these I have ever seen a description of is really just an existing activity (construction, electrical, plumbing, sales, admin, tech, etc etc) that has been created by some or other taxpayer-subsidized boondoggle. But paying much, much less.

Stephen W
April 7, 2021 6:36 pm

At this point, the only climate deniers are the ones who say humans are in control of the climate.

ray g
April 7, 2021 6:36 pm

Finally happening , SHOULD BE MORE OF IT.

Reply to  ray g
April 7, 2021 8:05 pm

Nice one, go the Aussies, common sense prevails.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  ross
April 7, 2021 8:24 pm

Don’t be so sure, there are plenty of people here in Australia in positions of influence in politics and industry that are carbon copies of Turncoat.

Reply to  ray g
April 7, 2021 8:41 pm

Speaking on Today, Mr Turnbull claimed the Berejiklian government “couldn’t take the heat” from “thugs and bullies” and cut him loose.”

Probably not even remotely true, but even if it is …. great.

Go thugs and bullies. Humanity will be better off for it.

Reply to  philincalifornia
April 7, 2021 8:54 pm

I understand that the left leaning parliamentarians of Menzies founded Australian Liberal Party are known as the moderates faction, and that the leader of the moderates is the Cabinet Minister for Environment that nominated Mr Turnbull for the position and that the Premier is also a faction member.

It is therefore interesting to consider the “heat” and who the “thugs and bullies” referred to are. I suspect that the heat was from the many complainants and they are mostly members of the Party and other supporters who were outraged. Enough!

April 7, 2021 6:52 pm

Turnbull and Flannery make a good pair, both are out of touch with reality and the last to wake up to the obvious. One can only wonder who might be elevated in status to join them as the third Stooge. There are so many possible candidates.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Kalsel3294
April 7, 2021 10:03 pm

“last to wake up” – yes, being woke means your awake in an alternative realty and asleep in the main one

J Mac
April 7, 2021 6:59 pm

Rinse and Repeat, Please!

April 7, 2021 7:02 pm

Turnbull should learn to code. His first job could be to compute the most efficient collection of solar, wind and battery to replace all fossil fuel energy in NSW over the past 10 years.

April 7, 2021 7:24 pm


Turnbull would say all that; for him it’s always other peoples’ fault. However, I seriously question liberals’ respect and commitment for the people who voted for them, because neither Morrison nor Berjekilian went to their last election on a climate change or net zero platform.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 7, 2021 8:36 pm


DelCon Movement.


For those playing at home, DelCon were birthed by journo Miranda Devine in a misguided attempt to belittle the disgruntled conservative supporters of Tony Abbott after the putsch organised by the ABC replaced him with Turnbull.

Miranda Mother of DelCons Devine was attempting to claim that conservative Liberals (the Liberal party being the nominally Centre Right party in Australia) needed to stop being sooks and accept the New Normal of a Turnbull Lead country.

Instead it ended up giving them a label to identify with and DelCons all around the country politely told the Liberal Party come next election that they were going to be too busy to help and that they wouldn’t want to tread on the toes of all the ‘New Members’ the more Left leaning Turnbull had brought to the party.

aka – Put your own posters up. Walk your own streets doing the letter boxing. Stand all day in the sun running a polling booth yourself.

Then they protest voted with deliberate attacks against Turnbull supporters.

Result was that Turnbull took Abbott’s massive margin and blew it.

True the Left tried to claim this was the Australian public trying to vent their hate of Abbott, but it was basically the core Conservative element of the Australian voting public saying “actually NO, we are NOT forced to vote for you anyway.”

Liberals in Australia need to remember this. The ALP has the unions/public service sown up tight and only needs to tease the swing voters with human interest promises, save in the knowledge that under 2PP they are always going to get the Greens vote for free. They are also safe in that their funding comes from unions.

Liberal funding comes from the grass roots members. All those little people you see on election day are Liberal supporters giving up their time for the sort of government they believe in. Piss them off and they stay home.

I did and I had once believed so much that I had been a booth captain for the past 5 state and federal elections. No sodding way I was giving up my time for a prick like Turnbull.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
April 7, 2021 9:00 pm

Turnbull became a Liberal candidate for election to the electorate of Wentworth by defeating the sitting Liberal MP Peter King after what has been described as one of the biggest branch stacking exercises in history.

He was earlier seeking a position with the Labor Party and has many contacts on that side including with the Greens. He as a lawyer and wealthy businessman apparently decided that the Liberals would be his best option because inside Labor he might not be widely accepted, meaning career opportunities limited.

April 7, 2021 7:46 pm

My message to Turncoat….Oh BOOHOO

April 7, 2021 8:10 pm

Despite Mr Turnbulls declarations I wrote to the Premier, The Minister for Energy and my local Member to object to his appointment. I am not a cabal. I just dont believe renewable energy is efficient or cheap. I also have observed Malcolms actions undermining Tony Abbot when he was PM and also the current PM. MT cant get over the fact he was not a good PM. He has been a renewables champion for the last 10 years. And is an AGW tragic.

Reply to  Jock
April 7, 2021 8:30 pm

Totally agree.
In addition,Turnbull is a narcissist of monumental proportions.
He has to invent “right wing extremists”,“the Murdoch media”,“bullies” and “thugs” as the cause of his removal.
The alternative that there was an eruption of Liberal Party members who would no longer accept his white anting of his own Party is unthinkable for such a personality.

April 7, 2021 9:20 pm

I have decided to enjoy the Schadenfreude! As an Australian, I observed while Malcolm Turnbull knifed In the back anybodythat he thought would be an obstacle To his ambitions. It is not clear to me that those ambitions were anything other than personal financial for Malcolm plus the title of being Prime Minister. I love that is getting his comeuppance. The man is a waste of space. He thinks he is the smartest person in the room and treats everybody else like peasants. Well Malcolm, You aren’t as smart as you think you are and the peasants are revolting! So please go away

Reply to  Quilter52
April 8, 2021 12:23 am

Back stabbing is how all Australian PMs got to the top in last 20 years or so. Turnbull was ousted by Abbot who returned the favor and ousted him. Scott Morrison then backstabbed Turnbull who he helped to be rid of Abbott. Same in labour party.
Those that remained in office for a period , only did so by sacrificing their number 2 to the wolves.
It’s gone from being a democracy to parody of the late Roman empire

Gary Pearse
April 7, 2021 9:55 pm

From what comes out of Australia on the climate, one doesnt get the impression that d*nyer ‘bullies’ make up much of a force to coerce anyone. The country has some notable sceptics to be proud of, but would appear to have one of the larger per capita “all-in” climateer contingents in their universities and other sciency institutions and organizations.

Craig from Oz
April 7, 2021 9:58 pm

“Learn to Code”

One thing I like about the Left is how much they give to popular culture.

Another thing is how much it annoys them.

It is largely accepted that the Left can’t Meme. Lefts hate Memes because they can’t control them and attempting to control them only creates more meme fodder.

Their problem, in my opinion at least, is Left brains think in absolutes. They believe in ‘things’ and they believe in them deeply. ‘Subject’ becomes hard fact and anything that disagrees with ‘Subject’ is clearly WRONG.

Conservatives are more open minded because in many ways they are more selfish. Conservatives don’t want to change the entire world for the better – or at least they don’t want to do this at the expensive of everything else – they want to do what helps them and their immediate loved ones at the time. If the situation changes they change their priorities.

Hence a ‘subject’ for a Conservative can be both a statement of fact and the target of a joke. They can see the humour in something because to them it is not an absolute statement of fact to be worshiped. If there is a joke to be had, a Conservative would be happy to make it. A Left? Nope. They see jokes as inappropriate and insensitive.

Salute the Marines. Then Learn to Code.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
April 7, 2021 11:54 pm

Leftists can’t meme because that requires both a sense of humour and native wit.

Izaak Walton
April 7, 2021 11:38 pm

Did Thatcher callously shut down coal mines and ignore the damage done to generations of Welsh miners and others or was that justified?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 8, 2021 12:00 am


You really are displaying your ABJECT IGNORANCE of Thatcher’s reasoning.

So funny !! 🙂



Patrick MJD
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 8, 2021 1:35 am

Wilson in the 60’s closed more mines.

Dudley Horscroft
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 8, 2021 2:11 am

The situation is more complicated than that. From Wikipaedia:

“Heath also tried to reform British trade unionism with the Industrial Relations Act, and hoped to deregulate the economy and make a transfer from direct to indirect taxation. However, a miners’ strike at the start of 1974 severely damaged the Government, causing the implementation of the Three-Day Week to conserve energy. Attempting to resolve the situation, Heath called an election for February 1974, attempting to obtain a mandate to face down the miners’ wage demands, but this instead resulted in a hung parliament, with the Conservatives losing their majority. Despite gaining fewer votes, the Labour Party won four more seats, and Heath resigned as Prime Minister on 4 March after talks with the Liberal Party to form a coalition government were unsuccessful.
After losing a second successive election in October 1974, he Heath insisted he would continue as leader, but in January 1975, Margaret Thatcher announced she would challenge Heath for the leadership, and on 4 February, she narrowly outpolled him in the first round. Heath chose to resign the leadership rather than contest the second round.”

The miners’ strike was a deliberate attempt to get rid of the Conservative Government. They hoped that other unions would join them in a General Strike. However, Heath decided on his Three Day week to conserve energy, and the result was the same as the recent lock downs in Australia and the UK – unemployment and misery. He lost the election.

Margaret Thatcher observed this and learnt! Early in her Prime Ministership she adopted a policy of building up stocks of coal at power stations. As a result, when the miners again tried to bring down the government by going on strike, the country was prepared. Power stations had ample supplies of coal, and I believe many had been converted to oil fuel, which was available due to the discoveries in the North Sea. In addition, due to the various Clean Air Acts, coal was no longer essential for home heating; many if not most had been converted to gas fired central heating. Thus the Miners’ leverage was lost and Thatcher rode out the crisis. This time the miners’ unions lost.

Thatcher won and the majority of the UK population were greatly relieved, giving her the near-divine status accorded her for the next many years (except for the usual Labour Party and socialist malcontents!)
Dudley Horscroft

Matthew Sykes
April 7, 2021 11:42 pm

Biden hasnt got a clue what he is talking about. I would like to see him design software!

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Matthew Sykes
April 8, 2021 12:01 am

Have you seen the video of him in one of his first speeches where he simply loses it. “Blah blah blah…anyway…”

~133 million registered voters in the US and ~156 million voted.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 8, 2021 12:34 am

False. 206 mill registered to vote
Turnout is based on ‘eligible’ voters from census data and was 240 mill.
So recheck your numbers using eligible to vote.
Wouldn’t lost every legal challenge if first claim was correct, indeed no claim was made in court that the numbers who voted was way in excess of those registered.
Typical Trumpanzee nonsense

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Duker
April 8, 2021 1:34 am

I have only media information to rely on.

April 8, 2021 12:03 am

Speaking of “shutting things down”


Was bound to happen sooner or later… will be fun to watch 🙂

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  fred250
April 8, 2021 10:18 am

The learned professor quoted clearly doesn’t recognise reality when it stares him in the face, that without subsidies the wind project is just that. A lot of wind.

Reply to  fred250
April 8, 2021 5:36 pm

No doubt the original major shareholders sold their shares as the operational end date was in sight, prospectus highlighting the taxpayer subsidised profits and return on investment, but not mention of the costs involved in dismantling the turbines, disposing of them, buying new turbines and then installation and commissioning.

April 8, 2021 3:01 am

26,850 jobs in renewables in Australia in 2019, a 120% increase over 10 years and rising (per ABS)

There are two Australian Bureau of Statistics employment data sets on coal mining jobs.

The Labour Account, which publishes industry information drawn from employers, shows that in the financial year 2017-18, there were around 38,100 people employed in coal mining overall.

The Labour Force Survey, which is based on data sourced from employees, shows that in the four quarters to February 2019, there was an average of 52,600 people employed in coal mining overall.

Reply to  griff
April 8, 2021 11:59 am

All propped up by Government subsidy and feed-in mandates, just like everywhere else….

Take away the subsidies, and it collapses


Reply to  griff
April 8, 2021 4:24 pm

Wow a whole 26K now look up how many jobs it cost …. yeah I know they all need to go and learn coding.

April 8, 2021 3:21 am

Australian politics has recently recovered from a long bout of instability which began when Malcolm Turnbull entered the fray and ended when he left. The very worst thing that anyone could do is to give Malcolm Turnbull a new entry point. Hiring him was a terrible mistake, and thank goodness sanity has prevailed before he could wreak any more havoc.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
April 8, 2021 4:09 am

Trouble is that Turnbull still has “friends” in the Liberal Party that are actually closet leftists.

Like this Kean idiot.

No REAL conservative should ever have a bar of Turnbull,

He should be placed well and truly in the dustbin of Liberal Party history, NEVER to be mentioned again.

He is leftist slime incarnate.

April 8, 2021 4:34 am

“In 2007, Malcolm Turnbull, as Minister for the Environment and Water, decided he would try to end the drought. A noble cause, but he used $11 million of taxpayer money to trial a technology without scientific merit. What makes it even more frustrating is that trial wasn’t conducted scientifically, so the experiment was a complete waste. Ian Woolf has provided us with a transcript of his show on Diffusion Science Radio.”
Turnbull’s rain adventure: $11m spent on pseudoscience – Science Party

Final Report Evaluation of the Atlant Technology for Rainfall Generation in Australia

Final Report UQ August 2007 (squarespace.com)

Michael in Dublin
April 8, 2021 6:20 am

A spoilt brat will hurt his parents and siblings simply for not being able to get his way. As a child he does not think beforehand of the possible consequences of his actions. He may later have remorse but it is too late and the damage done.

The problem is that Turnbull and Biden are adults that should be displaying some wisdom gained from life experience but are so ideologically fixated they they do not even care about the damage of their actions so long as they get their way.

We as voters are fools to let people like this get anywhere near politics. Sadly we usually do not get the good leaders we need but the bad leaders we deserve.

John Pickens
April 8, 2021 6:32 am

Here’s a thought, demonstrate that solar photovoltaic and wind turbine systems can power the infrastructure necessary to reproduce themselves before trying “replace” conventional power plants with “renewable” power. If they cannot, then they are a political, not an engineering system.

I will make a bold statement: There are NO solar PV or wind turbine production facilities powered entirely by solar PV or wind power. They are like unicorns, they don’t exist.

Prove me wrong.

John the Econ
April 8, 2021 7:49 am

As someone who learned to code in high school half a lifetime before “learn to code” was a thing, I find this attitude remarkably tone deaf and a great example of the abject ignorance that Progressive elites have about pretty much everything, from coding itself, blue collar Americans, what it takes to be successful in pretty much every profession on the planet outside of the liberal arts, and the people and skills that are actually responsible for making our historically easy modern life even possible.

In fact, this is an insult to the people who honestly do know how to code, and how to code well.

Has anyone else noted that the Democrats answer to unemployment is always the same, and has been so for as long as anyone can remember? We need to invest in job training! It’s the typical lazy leftist throw money at a problem and walk away without ever bothering to see if it works attitude. Never mind that most of the jobs that they fund training for are for jobs that they’ve long since chased away to China.

(That’s not quite true: Most of the money ends up funding teaching jobs that always support future Democrats)

April 8, 2021 9:17 am

Maybe the people are not as easy to sucker on the second and third round.

Only in America can you do it twice but that’s with a ton of borrowed money to make them stupid. I’m referring to the 5% of stimulus plans going toward highways and bridges in the grand stimulus infrastructure plans.

Ed Zuiderwijk
April 8, 2021 10:01 am

Those climate change deniers must be a mighty powerful bunch. Why then do I see so much idiotic climate policies implemented? And why does Mark Saunokonoko not find those deniers interesting enough to interview? Some senior journalist, indeed.

Another Joe
April 8, 2021 7:58 pm

They don’t believe in NUT zero emissions.

He needs to get the facts right!

Kiwi Gary
April 10, 2021 12:17 am

I don’t think that anyone now is a climate change denier. It is just that the alarmists use the term not realising that, by attacking ad-hominem, they are conceding that they have no logical rebuttal to us who are skeptical of dangerous climate change.

April 13, 2021 6:23 am

Well, climate catastrophists are paranoid types. 😉

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