The term turtling was applied to the Liberal/Country Party Government of New South Wales between 1965-1976: “It picked a direction and plodded slowly along .. when it bumped into criticism it did not respond but halted and pulled in its head, secure in the knowledge that its party members formed a silent shell around it. 
Once it weathered the media storms, it cautiously emerged and plodded on in the same direction as before. Although the parliamentary opposition leadership may have continued to attack, the public had by then usually lost interest.”

– Richard J Roddewig in ‘Green Bans – the Birth of Australian Environmental Politics’ (from review, Sydney Morning Herald, 17/2/1979)

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