MALCOLM Turnbull enjoyed receiving general investigators in the Q & A last night, but for a moment, the crowd changed to him.
That happened when he responded to the toughest question of the night. Audience Louise Dunbar delivered a rather smoldering indictment of his record as prime minister.
"Mr. Turnbull, from the beginning, I thought you had a vision for Australia. I see you as a leader who is potentially big, smart, and economically wise, "Ms Dunbar said.
"I am saddened by your time at the office. You are ineffective, unable to make difficult decisions, or confront the media to debate your case. Don't get involved with the public and wait for your time to end.
"I want you to be responsible, and not blame others for this. You have a chance, and you fail. What did you say to the Australian public? "
Needless to say, Mr. Turnbull did not agree with his judgment.
He told him that his government's achievements "spoke for themselves", and began to roll up their list, including strong job growth, tax cuts, investment in infrastructure, reformed school funding and personal success in dealing with Donald Trump.
"I am able to protect the Australian steel industry and thousands of jobs from what should be a 25 percent tariff imposed by Donald Trump. "The only country at that time was to get the exception," he said.
"I make sure that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the big trade deal that everyone thinks is drowning when Trump is pulled out, defended, protecting thousands of jobs.
"These are all achievements, which most people say cannot be done."
Mr Turnbull managed to get through all that with little signs of dissent from the studio audience. Then he turned to a more controversial problem – the legalization of same-sex marriage.
"I have done it a lot. You know, the Labor Party once said, "Oh, Malcolm used to support marriage equality, he no longer supports it." Then I appointed him, right? So I sent it. "
"No. No, you don't!" One member of the crowd interrupted, because many people around him groaned.
"We did it. We did it. It's legal!" The former prime minister fired back.
"Five thousand people are married – 5,000 same-sex couples have been married in Australia since being legalized about a year ago, and that was done under my administration.
"Now, you know, that's a fact. Maybe this is a melancholy fact, from the point of view of some people – from the point of view of the Labor Party, because they prefer to do it – but this is a great Liberal achievement. Outstanding Liberal Achievement. And my government delivered it. "
Many viewers feel it is rather rich with Mr Turnbull to take credit for same-sex marriage after handballing decisions to the public with postal surveys rather than just legalizing them.
It was only legalized in parliament after 7.8 million Australians – more than 60 percent of respondents – voted in favor of it.
However, he proudly mentions same-sex marriage several times throughout the night.
"I got a very large amount. You know, think of big social reforms. Legalizing same-sex marriage, I mean, what kind of big reforms are. I can do that, "Turnbull said.
Mr Turnbull faced several curly questions before the end of the event.
Andy Kent asked him what his younger women would think about "failure to stand up and do something to prevent the humanitarian disaster of Nauru and Manus".
"Given, Andy, that young people are always very critical of the old, I am sure that my young self will find many shortcomings in my former self," he replied with a small laugh.
However, his former self seemed to find no shortcomings in his old self.
He expressed no regrets about the government's border policies, proudly showing that there had been no boat arrivals for three years as prime minister.
"One thing you don't want to do is get people smugglers back into business, because we know what's happening under Labor, and that will happen again. You have 50,000 arrivals without permission, and you have at least 1200 deaths at sea. I don't want that to happen again, "Turnbull said.
"We take 15,000 refugees per year through the right channels. We take 12,000 additions from the Syrian conflict zone. We have one of the most generous humanitarian programs in the world. But the only condition is that the Australian government determines which refugees enter Australia – not human smugglers. I think that's what Australians expect. "
The former prime minister also faced the implication that he was a hypocrite for criticizing the conspirators who dropped his leadership.
"Given your involvement in every leadership vote since the Howard Government, including two challenges for Liberal Party leaders against Brendon Nelson and Tony Abbott, is your own destruction as party leader and prime minister something you consider fair and fair. ? "Jason Potter asked.
Mr. Turnbull denied that he always had clear reasons for planning himself.
"I thought the move to delete me in August was crazy. I think it's self-destructive, nobody explains it, it's of no use, "he said.
"Scott Morrison can't explain it, he is the new prime minister. I am the prime minister who came out and I cannot explain it.
"With Tony Abbott I set precisely why I tried to challenge him, I explained the reason I was very open, put my agenda, won the vote. It was very warmly welcomed by Australians. We won the next election and we have done a lot of things. "
Host Tony Jones jumped to say Mr Dutton "would argue" he had his own reasons for challenging Mr Turnbull.
"You can say he will argue, but he doesn't. You say he will do it. He didn't, "Mr. Turnbull fired back.
"He said he wanted to take GST from the price of electricity. That might be justification for bringing surrender to the cabinet. That is not justification for overthrowing the government. "
That is the story of that night. This is not a fallen prime minister who reflects his mistakes. It was a person who challenged who still did not understand why he was dropped.