If you turned to the Sydney Morning Herald site at the moment (5pm), you could be forgiven for thinking the Press Club debate of the environment ministers didn’t happen today. It’s not even alluded to on their Federal Election environment page.
The Oz takes the “no gaffes” angle, a typical politics-as-PR approach.
I haven’t listened to the entire debate, only the opening speeches on The Oz video. Turnbull went first and came across as a grey suit, I thought. I thought it was a big mistake to put water at the top of his list of important issues. Of course, water is an important issue, but needs to be contextualised before getting into the detail.
Garrett provided the context – the urgency of the need to address climate change. I thought he spoke with conviction and passion. I was impressed. I thought he clearly outshone Turnbull.
Added: There it is in breaking news at 5.04pm on the SMH.