Politics

Turns Out Knifing Malcolm Turnbull Cost Taxpayers A Casual $4.5 Million

Love a bit of strong economic management from the famously responsible Liberal Party!!

Malcolm Turnbull Q&A

Remember a few months back when the government decided to knife Malcolm Turnbull, seemingly just for the lols? Well, the cost of said knifing to the taxpayer has just been revealed: a casual $4.5 million.

According to answers given during Senate estimates, nearly $1.9 million worth of severance payouts were paid to 35 former members of Malcolm Turnbull’s staff. On top of that, more than $560,000 went to 12 staffers working for Julie Bishop, who quit as deputy Liberal leader and moved to the backbench following an unsuccessful bid for Turnbull’s job.

In total, 136 staff lost their jobs following the August coup, while a further 471 changed jobs.

Nothing like a bit of strong economic management from the famously responsible Liberal Party, amirite folks!

Naturally, the Labor Party was quick to stick the boot in.

“This is the price Australians are being asked to pay for the division and dysfunction which is crippling their government,” Labor finance spokesperson Jim Chalmers told The Age. “Scott Morrison can’t explain why Turnbull isn’t PM any more and why taxpayers have to foot the bill for that.”

Bit rich coming from you guys, but okay, sure.