During a guest appearance on the Ten Network’s The Project, Brand was asked by co-host Fifi Box if he had any thoughts about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
‘Yes – here is that opinion now’ Brand replied – sitting to attention.
‘Why do you put really really rich people in charge of your country for?’
(ed:..shame he didn’t rip into key while he was here..eh..?..so much raw material there to work with..
..maybe he could do one in hindsight..?..)
Well that was entirely expected.
Newly-appointed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived in New Zealand where he would receive a ‘stern word’ from our Prime Minister John Key – on the treatment of New Zealanders in their country.
Almost nothing happened.
Immigration is always a highly political issue in Australia and a softening of any stance on that will not win votes.
In a carefully-worded line to Australian reporters before his trip Turnbull made that much clear.
‘We do have a principle which is enshrined in statute that people who have been convicted – foreigners who have been convicted of serious criminal offences – have the automatic revocation of their visa’.
There were ‘standards’ which had to be maintained.
Where does Key possibly go from there?
Malcolm Turnbull has been heckled by his fellow Liberals after declaring in a speech to their New South Wales state council that the party was not driven by ‘factions’ and ‘back-room deals’.
After earlier eliciting applause when he thanked Tony Abbott for his service Turnbull was scoffed at when he declared: ‘We are not run by factions’.
Laughter and derision rose from the floor. Turnbull continued: ‘Well you may dispute that but I have to tell you from my experience we are not run by factions’.
That brought more jeers from the audience – which increased as Turnbull went on: ‘Nor are we run by big business or by deals in back rooms’.