He went on to say that he had hoped to push the party toward doing the right
thing from within, but found that
certain party members, who he would not name, were "oblivious to reason,
evidence and indeed, common sense"; he had had enough and
he felt the only way to get any movement was to push the "recalcitrant
climate science deniers" from an open and public position.
When asked if anything in particular had triggered this profound change
PM Turnbull said that he was listening to Mozart's music and looking
at some Hans Heysen paintings when the thought struck him: "These men
must have really loved the world they knew to produce works of such beauty.
If they were to ask me, what was I doing for the planet?,
what could I possibly answer to that?"
He said he was an admirer of people like Socrates, Galileo and Newton.
He imagined himself having a conversation with them and shuddered to think
how he would explain his inaction when action was so desperately needed if the
earth was not to be irrevocably damaged.
PM Turnbull said "There are things that are more important than holding onto
the top job.
I have children and a grandchild.
I have a responsibility to them to do all I can to preserve this world in
a good condition for them and for all future generations.
If I lose the Prime Ministership by this stance, so be it, I will have a