Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull switch places on guns

Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull switch places on guns

It was the day when Tony became Malcolm and Malcolm morphed into Tony. At least, that’s how it seemed. One was clear and yet politically moderate. The other, wordy and apparently leaning to the right.Abbott, the outdoorsie hard man and darling of disgruntled conservatives everywhere, came over all dovish, declaring his government had never considered allowing the Adler lever-action rapid-fire shotgun into the country because to do so would be “crackers” in this heightened security environment.

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Gun ban: permanent then temporary One day the import ban on the controversial Adler shot gun is ‘set in stone’, the next day it’s not, as Malcolm Turnbull struggles to clarify the government’s policy.

It came as Turnbull was wading mid-stream through a couple of unscheduled days of nuanced argument in which he explained why a lethal weapon might actually be allowed in – via the lifting of a federally imposed importation ban – if the states and territories could only agree to re-classify it, ensuring tighter ownership restrictions.The take-out from this was the emergence of a new “Towny-Tony” – a man in tune with the anti-gun inner cities, against …

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