By Janine Perrett

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the dismissal.  No not the recent one...the famous one of 1975 when Governor General Sir John Kerr sacked Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

A new book on the event, by Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston, was launched at Parliament House by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

What was interesting in his speech was not a push for his republican views, he saved that for his meeting with Prince Charles presumably.

No it was his comments about the fact that the electorate overwhelming voted in Malcolm Fraser after the dismissal.

Mr Turnbull noted that the electorate didn’t vote on constitutional matters but on economic management.

He referred to the Bill Clinton in the line that it is always the economy stupid.

There was obviously a message there for this current crop of politicians to remember.

So he might argue for a republic and gay marriage and all manner of other important issues but economic management will be front and centre of a Turnbull government –or any government if you get the message

Ignore the economy at your peril, it will make the upcoming Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook statement on our current economic state very interesting won't it.