Malcolm Turnbull quotes

  • Anyone who thinks it's smart to cut immigration is sentencing Australia to poverty.
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Smart #Cutting #Thinking

  • 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

    #Believe #Commitment #Truthful

  • I am an ambitious person, but I am not ambitious in the sense that I want jobs only for the sake of them... I am here to do things I think are worthwhile. I am always careful that the political positions I take are consistent with good policy. I would not want to be prime minister of Australia at any price.
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Jobs #Thinking #Australia

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

    #Views #People #Different

  • 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

    #Climate #Action #Accepting

  • 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

    #Government #Order #People

  • My commitment to the Republican movement was pure and simply patriotism, a love of Australia... a desire or passion that all of our national symbols should be unequivocally and unambiguously Australian.
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Passion #Commitment #Australia

  • One of the most important things for a country, particularly when it's seeking to attract long-term capital in big risky projects that are going to have a payback over many years if not decades, is to be seen as being a predictable environment where tax changes will be few. But if they are going to come about they'll come about in a way that you know is predictable, understandable.
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Country #Years #Long

  • 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

    #Sea #Availability #Fire

  • 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

    #Commitment #Thinking #Politician

  • 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

    #Believe #Errors #Speak

  • 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

    #Horse #Race #Government

  • I don't find myself in moral turmoil. I'm not given to turmoil of any kind.
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Moral #Kind #Given

  • What every prime minister struggles with and every leader struggles with is how to balance the two objectives; firstly that of ensuring that all asylum seekers are treated generously and humanely in accordance with the convention and secondly doing everything you can to eliminate or at least discourage people smuggling. And it's a very, very difficult balance.
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Struggle #Two #People

  • 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

    #Party #Thinking #Views

  • 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

    #Party #Thinking #Two

  • 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

    #Strong #Thinking #Long

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

    #Believe #Australia #Balance

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

    #Country #Taxation #Levels

  • 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

    #Independent #Government #Criticism

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

    #Suffering #Climate #India

  • 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

    #Dumb #Trying #Down And

  • 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

    #Sound #Looks #Too Good To Be True

  • 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

    #Jobs #Struggle #Thinking

  • Let us be honest with each other. The threat to marriage is not the gays. It is a lack of loving commitment - whether it is found in the form of neglect, indifference, cruelty or adultery, to name just a few manifestations of the loveless desert in which too many marriages come to grief.
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Grief #Commitment #Gay

  • 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

    #College #Forever #Library

  • I love radio - its immediacy and especially its intimacy... it is part of your life, whispering into your ear. You can't see it, but equally importantly it can't see you.
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Ears #Whispering #Radio

  • 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

    #Talking #Issues #Trying

  • 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

    #Integrity #Issues #Climate

  • 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

    #Technology #Citizens #News

  • 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

    #Australia #Southern #Climate

  • 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

    #Opportunity #Ideas #Important

  • 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

    #Weight #Way #Months

  • Do the bishops seriously imagine that legalising gay marriage will result in thousands of parties to heterosexual marriages suddenly deciding to get divorced so they can marry a person of the same sex?
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Sex #Party #Gay

  • 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

    #Kids #Married #Corny

  • 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

    #Smart #Phones #Worry

  • 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

    #Issues #Risk #Matter

  • 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

    #Hands #Play #Cards

  • 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

    #Years #Quality #Needs

  • Are not the gays who seek the right to marry, to formalise their commitment to each other, holding up a mirror to heterosexuals who are marrying less frequently and divorcing more often?
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Commitment #Gay #Mirrors

  • Those who condemn gay marriage, yet are silent or indifferent to the breakdown of marriage and divorce, are, in my view, missing the real issue.
    -- Malcolm Turnbull

    #Real #Divorce #Gay

  • 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

    #Jobs #Sacrifice #People

  • 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

    #Agreement #Years #Australia

  • 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

    #Running #Strong #Real

  • 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

    #Believe #Moving #Australia

  • 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

    #Country #Technology #Wind

  • 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

    #Different #News #Entitlement

  • 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

    #Drama #Commitment #Forgiving

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