Turnbull Lashes Out At Morrison With A Few 'Facts' About Bali Mission

Malcolm Turnbull has publicly slapped down his successor Scott Morrison, rebuking the current PM's claims that he wasn't meant to talk about sensitive policy matters when he was in Bali.

Turnbull won't be representing Australia at any more conferences, and the new Prime Minister wants him to butt out of politics.

Turnbull was tapped by Scott Morrison to go to a global conference on oceans this week in Bali. The former PM went in the current PM's stead, and while he was only meant to be representing Australia for that summit, he was asked about -- and gave some revealing thoughts on -- recent federal policy announcements such as a proposal to move Australia's embassy in Israel.

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"There is no question, were that move to occur, it would be met with a very negative reaction in Indonesia. This is after all the largest Muslim-majority country in the world," Turnbull said in Bali.

Morrison didn't like that.

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"I got the report back from his visit. The issue of trade and other things was not really part of his brief," the current PM said on 2GB radio on Thursday.

However, Turnbull soon responded on Twitter, claiming Morrison had expressly asked him to bring up trade and the embassy move while meeting with Indonesian president Joko Widodo.

Turnbull also said he had been given a "detailed" brief on the issues after Morrison had asked him to go to Bali.

But then soon after that, Turnbull tweeted again -- and called out headlines, like the one on this very article, claiming that his initial tweet had been a rebuke of his former treasurer and now PM Morrison.

The retired former Member for Wentworth claimed it was a "simple statement of fact" and criticised media reporting.

Back on Morrison's morning 2GB interview, when asked if Turnbull would be asked to appear at any future such conferences, the PM bluntly said "no". He went further, suggesting Turnbull should butt out of federal politics altogether.


"I'm always going to act with respect to previous prime ministers regardless of who they are. But I do think the exemplar about how to go about things post politics is John Howard and on Labor Party side it's Julia Gillard," Morrison said, referencing former PMs who have largely stayed out of commenting on or participating in the politics after they left parliament.

Turnbull also attracted attention earlier this week when he liked -- then swiftly unliked -- a tweet that showed negative poll numbers for the new PM.

“I’m aware of it but I just brush it off," Morrison said.