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Turnbull Ducks Tough Questions On Plummeting Polls

He also said that he has "no doubt that the plebiscite will be passed through the Senate".

08/06/2016 8:12 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST
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Malcolm Turnbull attempted to undo his apparent turnaround on same sex marriage on ABC's 7:30 on Wednesday night.

If words were maneuvers, Malcolm Turnbull would make a good footballer. He dodged and deflected his way through Wednesday night's half hour interview with Leigh Sales like a pro.

However, on one topic he was very clear: "I support same sex marriage -- legalising same sex marriage -- and I will certainly be voting 'yes' in the plebiscite."

He also says that he has "no doubt that the plebiscite will be passed through the Senate", despite numerous Senators having announced that they will vote against the bill, regardless of the results of the plebiscite.

The plebiscite has plagued the Prime Minister throughout his time in the top job, but by postponing its implementation, the issue has largely been delayed until post-election.

After shunning the Brisbane people's forum, where Bill Shorten was responding live to voters of the Sunshine state, Turnbull faced a tough 30 minutes one-on-one with Sales.

Compared to Bill Shorten's at times almost abrupt performance -- including his blunt "No" when asked if he would get rid of the so-called 'tampon tax' -- Malcolm Turnbull appeared to be perfecting the art of deflection.

When Sales questioned him on his plummeting opinion rating, he oxymoronically replied "I have noted the polling, but I don't take any notice of it."

This is despite him citing 30 straight losses in the Newspolls as a prime reason for ousting Tony Abbott from the Prime Ministership in September last year.

When Sales then suggested that it indicated that he must be doing something that the people don't like, he responded: "Why don't you ask me a question about it?"

Sales obliged, asking: "What do you think has happened that you have lost that chunk of a profile?"

"I am not going to be drawn into that kind of introspection."

When asked whether the Turnbull Government would prefer dealing with a Clinton-led US Government over a Trump Government, Turnbull's manner was more telling than his words.

"You may say that but I couldn't possibly comment," he said with a wry smile.

He did, however, take the opportunity to congratulate Clinton on being endorsed as the Democratic Presidential candidate.

"It is a matter for celebration that a woman is about to be endorsed as the presidential candidate of a major one of the American parties.

"Without taking any sides in the election -- frankly, we don't have a say in it, we will work with whoever the American people elect -- it is good to see a woman being nominated or about to be nominated by the Democratic party."

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