A Message To The Liberal Party’s Current And Former Conservatives

WITH A new Essential poll showing Labor leading, 52-48 — bringing polling aggregates to an election-winning 50.9% for Labor — we reach out to the Liberal Party’s disgruntled conservatives (and those who’ve stomped out) in an attempt to avert disaster. Some are angry with Malcolm Turnbull, but the alternative promises only the ruin of a great country: allowing the ALP raze Australia’s interests in an act of petty revenge would be a travesty.

In what seems like the refrain of a broken record, I must yet again apologise to readers for the paucity of content on this site in recent weeks; the ramping up of other (revenue generating) commitments last year means that even milking more hours out of a day than there are to milk as I always do, something has to give.

But it is timely — in the context of continuing poor polls for the government, and as someone who campaigned resolutely to prevent Malcolm Turnbull from becoming Prime Minister over a period of years — to directly address the elephant in the room with an eye to the disgruntled, angry and/or departed conservatives who are determined to use the 2 July election as an opportunity to vent their spleens and to kick Malcolm, metaphorically, in the nether regions.

It doesn’t take me to tell a great many people that the humiliating spectre of first-term election defeat is very much a possibility: forgetting opinion polls altogether for a moment, the mood on the streets, among ordinary voters with little or no particular affinity with politics and/or politicians, is unmistakable, although I would note there is none of the grudging respect that marked the feel of the crowd when it resolved to despatch John Howard almost a decade ago.

Even Howard’s bitterest opponents had to concede (if privately) that their lives, and the lot of so many of those they fought against him to advance, had improved — however debatable they considered the increment — whereas today, after three years of drift under two Prime Ministers, despite much of the blame being attributable to those bent on gratuitously destroying a conservative government, there is no appetite for such sentiment at all.

Over the past week, we have missed several key issues: yesterday’s state budget in Victoria, for example, built on property tax revenues that would not exist under Bill Shorten’s plans to mostly abolish negative gearing incentives; posturing ahead of a make-or-break federal budget to be delivered on Tuesday; the letting of contracts to build a dozen new submarines; and the decision by the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court to declare the detention facility established on Manus Island by the Rudd government unconstitutional.

All of these matters we will inevitably touch upon, and selectively revisit, moving forward.

But with yet another poll yesterday showing the Turnbull government falling further behind the ALP, with Essential’s rolling survey finding a two-point gain for Labor in a week to lead 52-48 (and remember, half of that “finding” is last week’s: the most recent Essential result could have been as bad as 46-54 for the Coalition to balance out a 50-50 result a week ago) it seems clear that whilst trouble now confronts the Liberal Party on a rising number of fronts, one group that could help the party can and indeed should make its peace with the continuing government.

And that, in short, is the enraged conservative flank that has threatened to abandon it (or has already done so) over the dumping of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister: the so-called “Del-Cons,” as Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine calls them, who inexplicably believe that were Abbott in charge now the government would be cruising toward re-election.

Regular readers know — and as I seem to be reiterating a lot lately — that I was a trenchant supporter of Tony Abbott for decades: not just as Prime Minister, or as Liberal Party leader, but as an agent for the conservative cause as far back as his entry to Parliament in 1994.

When he won the Liberal leadership I spent an inordinate amount of time behind the scenes working to build support for a man whose public persona had already been gleefully (and unjustly) tarnished by political opponents astute enough to recognise the electoral threat he potentially posed to them.

And for perhaps too long during his two-year Prime Ministership, this column continued to defend him and the misfiring administration he headed.

In both reaffirming support for Abbott in the aftermath of the “challenge without a challenger” in February last year and in withdrawing that support before he was ultimately dumped in September, I was explicit that the central defect in the Abbott government was the appalling quality of the support available to it: on strategy, on tactics, on policy, and on mass communication and salesmanship, Abbott’s government was shockingly advised, and the responsibility for this eventually fatal impediment lay with the official to whom that responsibility had been entrusted in his Chief of Staff, Peta Credlin.

My position at that point was that either Credlin had to go, and the entire artifice of the advisory corps rebuilt from scratch, or that Abbott had to go to enable the termination of Credlin’s services, and at no time did that position coincide with any endorsement of Malcolm Turnbull. In fact, the utterances from this column explicitly emphasised anything but.

And it goes without saying that the Turnbull experiment — marked by gaffes, unforgivable lapses of judgement, mistakes and a sense of directionless drift — has hardly been a rip-roaring success, although today’s article isn’t about pointing fingers and doling out blame.

The upshot is that an unquantifiable number of previously rusted-on conservatives — be they from the party’s membership base or simply former Liberal voters — have noisily and viciously turned on the party, and continue to spray vitriol in the Turnbull direction at any and every available opportunity: understandably aggrieved that Abbott has not only been replaced, but replaced by a man many of them regard with unbridled contempt, these people are hellbent on engineering a change of government to ensure Turnbull is ejected from the office they believe he stole, and humiliated as badly and as thoroughly as possible.

I have to say that whilst I disagree with Malcolm on a lot of things — passionately in some cases — I do like him enormously; the times I have had cause for direct dealings with him (which admittedly were now more than 15 years ago) I found him engaging, amusing, and very intelligent indeed. My distinction between personal and political estimations of Malcolm are not a convenient fig leaf for my position on the Liberal Party leadership. It is possible, and not inconsistent, to draw such distinctions. But many of the people who profess to “hate” him have likely never met him, and if they have, one wonders whether their approach mirrored the tenor of their language toward him now. If it did, it should surprise little if the reception they elicited was frosty.

But look at Turnbull’s government. What has it done?

To date, it has maintained Abbott policy settings on gay marriage, offshore processing of asylum seekers, and the Direct Action package to deal with carbon emissions: part of a deal with conservatives to seal the leadership, perhaps, but for now at least these key settings remain in place. Changes later would rightly attract the charge of betrayal. But that is a question for another time.

Certainly, had Turnbull called a double dissolution for December — as repeatedly demanded by this column — we wouldn’t be having this conversation at all, for a December election was the one window open to the Coalition to capitalise on Turnbull’s honeymoon and cruise to a thumping election victory.

It didn’t, and poor performance this year has been reflected in opinion polls, which are suggesting a Coalition defeat. Polls under Abbott also suggested defeat, and by a wider margin than Turnbull is facing — for now — had he remained in place.

And just as there are a lot of things people (including me) want and wanted to see the government tackle — changes to laws governing free speech, labour market reform, tax reform, and the unsustainable overall level of government spending and debt bequeathed to the country by Labor — an even judgement suggests the present Senate was never going to allow any of these things to be attempted, although I would add that meaningful reform proposals could have served the dual purpose of giving the government a reform agenda and a bundle of extra double dissolution triggers on which to fight.

I agree that time — to say nothing of opportunity — has been wasted.

But whilst conservatives are entitled to vote as they see fit, and whilst the dissidents are perfectly entitled to facilitate the election of a Shorten government if that’s what they really want, I want to appeal to these people today to be more pragmatic than that — and to come back into the fold, even if it is with a peg affixed to their noses.

Fellow conservatives, just think about what you are considering.

Bill Shorten is a nihilistic, self-confessed liar who is known to harbour the delusion that the Prime Ministership is his destiny: he doesn’t give a damn who or what he has to walk over to achieve it.

He is a philanderer, a union thug, both puppet and puppeteer of the union movement, and an apologist for the worst excesses of unlawful and violent union militancy that have no place in a civilised, decent, and modern democratic society.

So confident is he of victory that he openly promises — nay, boasts about — $102 billion in tax slugs to be extorted from the Australian public over the next ten years: that’s $400 for every man, woman and child living in Australia today, year in and year out, every year, for ten years.

Not one cent of these proposed revenues is earmarked for budget repair or debt retirement: it’s just spend, spend, spend, which is the last thing Australia needs.

Under his “leadership,” the ALP continues to deny there is a problem with government debt, despite Australia now owing the rest of the world half a trillion dollars (when it owed nothing nine years ago) and despite average annual budget deficits adding another $50 billion to that figure each year for as far into the future as the eye can see.

Under his “leadership,” the ALP continues to peddle the lie that it isn’t responsible for this; to Labor, it was able to wash its hands of its dirty acts the day it returned to opposition.

Hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded spending programs were legislated before the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd regime was turfed out; those criminally irresponsible acts of economic sabotage are and were nothing less than the price the ALP was prepared to pay to ensure it could kill off a Liberal government in a single term.

Incredibly, Labor’s efforts to pin responsibility for the budget and debt mess on the Coalition have largely resonated: not least, because the wrong people were charged with devising and selling the Coalition’s message, and fucked the job up completely.

Shorten Labor will hobble Australia with not one economy-destroying carbon tax if elected, but two.

It floated a policy two years ago (since hidden, for obvious reasons) to abolish the private health insurance rebate, which would cripple healthcare in this country and destroy the capacity of the Medicare to cope with the mass exodus from the private system.

It advocates changes to negative gearing that, if implemented in their current form and on timelines currently suggested, would have economy-wide reverberations that could induce a recession, in addition to causing a crash in the property market (irrespective of what Labor says) and destroying the value of the homes of hard-working mums and dads.

And the most disgusting thing of all is that having gambled when in office with Australia’s financial welfare and having shown no inclination to fix its own mistakes, Labor on Shorten’s watch has refused to permit any attempt by the Coalition to do the job at all: yes, the Hockey budget of 2014 was political cyanide, and its measures poorly targeted and badly framed.

But for the life of this Parliament, Shorten has been instrumental in seeing that any Coalition bill that raised spending was passed, whilst anything that sought to cut it was voted down in the Senate, and anyone tempted to flirt with a Shorten government — especially Liberal Party conservatives either walking out the door or already outside the tent — should bear all of this in mind.

I understand how aggrieved some of these people are; but really — weighed against the perhaps irretrievable additional damage another Labor government would now inflict — surely Malcolm, faults and all, must constitute the lesser of two evils?

Win or lose, his days are already numbered; if he loses the election, his departure from Parliament could come as soon as the evening of 2 July.

Win very narrowly, and there’s no guarantee he will be permitted to serve out a full term.

And even if he defies the polls and wins in a canter, Malcolm will be 62 in October: it is a cruel reality of Australian politics that Prime Ministers rarely survive in office much longer than that even in the best of times.

Excluding Bob Menzies (who was lucky to enjoy very poor opponents for much of his period in office, especially in the final years of his tenure), John Howard was shown the door by voters at 68. Bob Hawke was jettisoned by his own party at Turnbull’s age. The ridiculous Bill McMahon was dispensed with at 64 as soon as voters had the opportunity to do so. Fraser and Whitlam didn’t even make it to 60 in office.

My point is that Malcolm isn’t going to be around forever, but the Liberal Party will be; and whilst the ebbs and flows of political process have been unkind to its conservative wing in recent times, ultimately the party’s need for its conservative flank is greater than the recent sequence of events might suggest.

I don’t necessarily agree with any of the measures I’m going to now list: I’m not deserting the Liberal Party and I’m committed to getting it re-elected irrespective of my thoughts on its present leader and some of the more dubious appointments he has surrounded himself with.

Those who are angry could vote for the National Party in the Senate, unless they live in SA or Tasmania: keeping it “within the Coalition” but making a symbolic protest felt over the dumping of “their elected Prime Minister.”

Those who simply must vote against the Liberals in the lower house should still preference the Liberal Party above both Labor and the Greens: the consequences of Bill Shorten as Prime Minister would be cataclysmic.

If angry conservatives don’t want to help on local seat campaigns where a moderate candidate has been endorsed, get in the car and go and help a conservative Liberal out: again, at least keep it within the tent, even if the displeasure you feel must be made obvious in doing so.

But more than anything — even if you can’t bring yourself to say anything nice about Malcolm at all, even in the name of hunkering down and making sure the Left is locked out of government — then for God’s sake harness your hatred and unleash it toward Bill Shorten and the ALP, for any government formed by that group would amount to an unmitigated disaster from which Australia might not recover.

To the conservatives who are determined to desert the Liberal Party right now — over the identity of its current leader — I say the party needs you, and needs you badly.

I understand your grievances and to the extent I share in them have myself taken enormous reflection to make the appeal I now make.

Bill Shorten and Labor have no care for the long-term welfare of this country: if elected, they will lay waste to it in a naked lust for power for themselves, the union thugs and bastards who fund and control them, and with an utter disregard for its best interests for generations to come.

The grievances of conservatives deserved to be aired, debated and dealt with, but not now: after an election, with the Coalition re-elected, is the time for such discussions to occur.

In the final analysis, it is no exaggeration to suggest that defeat for Malcolm Turnbull at this election could well herald Australia’s ruin, and if hacked-off conservatives are as true to the values of duty and country as they are rightly proud to insist, then the Liberal Party’s need for their help — and their own interests in forever preventing Shorten from “leading” Australia — are complementary, if not identical, considerations.

For those on the Liberal Right who have walked away, it’s time to return to the fold.

 

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15 thoughts on “A Message To The Liberal Party’s Current And Former Conservatives

  1. What follows is a compendium of a series of comments on another blog. It is so insightful that I thought it would interest you and your readers.
    “Turnbull’s dream is the same as Gillard’s dream, and it will be everyone’s nightmare.
    As Mark Twain remarked, “voting doesn’t make any difference. If it did, they wouldn’t let us do it!”

    We are all disenfranchised. It’s Malcolm’s party now. In every way. We just don’t know it yet but my conclusions explain so much about what has been happening for the last six months. Everything which puzzled Liberal voters and Andrew Bolt but galvanized some Liberal MPs. A new future with secure seats for everyone and Labor decimated. A near secret agenda, just leaking out. The cuckoo is already tossing the others out of preselection. My Ah Ha moment was when Turnbull announced the Very Fast Train. That could only have come from the Greens. All the pieces fell into place.

    Labor will be the biggest loser and Bill Shorten has no idea yet. They think Malcolm is on their side when he is on the Green’s side supported by his ABC. The Labor days of presuming Green preference support are gone. Gillard was their last PM and that with Bob Brown and the Unions dictating Labor policies with support from turncoats.

    All over now. Labor will become the Greens but without any power in either house, with no first preferences from anyone, unless they deal with the Nationals. Ha!

    People think Malcolm is frozen by shock and has done nothing. He is a strategist, planning his political party; not that of Tony Abbott. It will be populated with Liberal/Green people like the current gay head of the NSW Liberals Malcolm was photographed hugging at the Gay Mardi Gras.

    Surely people can see what is happening, but they still think things will not change, that it is Liberal/Nationals vs Labor/Green. Think again and reinterpret what Malcolm has actually said and done. Turnbull has done a deal for a preference swap with the Greens. He is not a Liberal, but not Labour. Labour and the Greens would nearly swap, Greens 20% into the House and 30% Labor without seats. Only 8 Labour seats were won on absolute majorities. The rest needed Green preferences. Liberal preferences would do and you have a Green Senate and a Green parliament with Labor and the Nats irrelevant.”

  2. Yale enjoys political analysis. The following analysis supports the arguments presented above, which, as I say, are comments from another blog. I believe it underscores the degree to which the people of Australia, and indeed Western Civilisation, have gleefully given up the precious person freedom so desperately defended by young men in the Great Wars. View this against the backdrop of Agenda 2030, and the assault on liberty that it means. You have already acquiesced to this swindle, whether you realise it or not. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-03/2030-agenda-month-un-launches-blueprint-

    It’s all in the numbers. Gillard would not have been PM without Oakshott and Windsor and then Slipper. It was a minority government.

    A swap of first preferences with the Liberals would mean a flip of ALP and Green numbers in parliament.
    In the Senate, such an alliance would also dominate. Would the ordinary Liberals agree? Consider that many hate the Unions. The Unions would be wiped out. It would be a majority government and Malcolm would see himself as a visionary. Yes, it would split the party, but when? Malcolm and friends like the ABC are doing their best to keep this quiet, but word is leaking out, as noticed by Andrew Bolt.

    When elected, Malcolm will make Gillard seem nice, but he will not be the slave of the Unions. The Labor party representing the now small union movement, will be wiped out. The Nationals too as so few people now live on farms. The great city dwelling Australia will be nice to everyone and they will be taxed to pay for Green fantasies. I hope you enjoy paying for a VFT system. A mere $100-$200billion to do on a train what you can currently do on a plane, get between capital cities without stopping.

    This situation is current:
    Coalition 90 (Liberal party 58, Nationals 10, Liberal National Party 22)
    Without the Nationals, the government would still have 80 seats. The coalition is about the senate.
    Most of the 80 Liberals are in with absolute majorities.
    Compare with the other coalition ALP 55 and Greens 1.
    By my count all but 8 ALP seats were won on first preferences. The rest were won on Green preferences only .
    Without Green preferences, there would be only 8 Labor.

    Now imagine if the Greens went with Malcolm’s Liberal/Green party and swapped first preferences. The numbers would be 80 Liberals +48 Greens and only 8 Labor would be left standing (sitting). As for the Nationals, they are under threat from the Greens too and progressive young privately schooled Nationals like the Greens and a carbon tax. Consider if the Liberals contested more country seats as in WA and swapped first preferences with the Greens. The Nationals could be wiped out to a few seats.

    The unthinkable is being planned today. The old teams will be gone forever, the old war between Union controlled Labor party and the Liberals and Nationals from the rich end of town. Progressives will rule and they want their carbon tax. What would scientists know? Tax solves all problems.

    The senate looks like this:
    Coalition 33. 29 Liberal and 4 Nationals, Alp 26, Greens 9, Sundry 8

    Four of the small parties will be removed by a combined Liberal Green bill, opposed by the independents and Labor. It was the first sign of their combined strength. Now add the preference swaps. 42 would be in a Green/Liberal coalition as today, perhaps even 44 with the removal of the little parties.

    Malcolm’s Green Liberals would control both houses easily. The ALP and Nationals are both on the verge of extinction except in the senate. So like Gillard, Malcolm will bring in his ETS as his first move. Remember he went to the election as Environment Minister under John Howard with his ETS. He will get his way.

    If this were not the case, the very threat of a double dissolution would have been used to keep the lucky independents in check in their six year cushy jobs. The actual use of the threat means Malcolm does not need them and will hand their seats to the Greens and Labor. Ask yourself why? Why keep these people when you are allied with the Greens and giving them everything they want?

    Hello more useless windmills.

    • Ahhh, suddenly the machinations of Malcolm become clear – windmills in every backyard and pushbikes for all, be very afraid.

  3. If you want people to listen to you, you must stop accusing them of loving Abbott. Most of us spent years writing desperate letters full of good advice to him. In many ways he was unsatisfactory. However he was, and still remains as far as I can see, the least bad choice.
    Turnbull was always a disastrous choice, and had proved it in his stint as leader of the opposition. The list of those who voted for him in the leadership ballot gives us a clear view of their judgement, and creates a list of the dead wood that must be pruned from the representative ranks.
    The issue now is whether it is better to suffer short term pain from a Labor victory and hope for rebuilding in the Liberals, or allow Turnbull (and let’s not forget his supporters, more of whom are attaining positions of power every day) to consolidate his position and force policies through the Australian Parliament which are profoundly disagreed with by most of the Liberal Party.
    Remember it was a Liberal foreign minister who signed us up to the disastrous international Human Rights declaration which is hamstringing us to this day.
    The most dangerous enemies are the traitors in our own ranks.

  4. Yale,
    Here is a brief explanation of the Australian Liberty Alliance’s plans for the future. Do your readers a favour and take a good look at their policies. They are not a ‘one policy party’ as many suggest.

    Australian Liberty Alliance – Explained

    We, the people of Australia have to start somewhere. Our two party system of Government has become too top heavy and apparently unconcerned for the future of Australia.

    Australia faces a financial crisis of huge debts and a loss of our Western style culture. Political correctness is sucking the life out of our nation and our wallets dry.

    Wasteful spending is rampant. Islam receives preferential treatment and protection. Unless we act now, the safe and prosperous Australia that we inherited from our parents will be lost for our children and grandchildren.

    Australian Liberty Alliance plans to have a major influence in Australian politics. The plan starts this year with the election of Senate candidates in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

    By the time the following election comes around the majority of concerned voters will know who Australian Liberty Alliance is and will vote for candidates standing for the House of Representatives in every electorate.

    Look at ALA’s policies and values http://www.australianlibertyalliance.org.au

  5. Karabar has put up a compelling argument and, on face value, could be taken as a damn good reason why Malcolm seems to be oblivious to what is showing up from the current round of poll results. If indeed he has made a pact with the Devil dos to speak, sorry the Greens, he doesn’t give a stuff about what the people of Australia want, as long as he still has his nose in the top spot of the public trough, at the end of it all.
    It would seem that Mark Twain’s comments really do apply because of Malcolm’s supposed machinations !!

    If indeed the Green’s power is enhanced from Malcolm’s alleged tactics, then Australia be afraid, be very afraid, as the only thing the Greens want to do is bring manufacturing & every other industry that they have identified as polluters, to it’s needs or worse, obliteration. Look what the Green’s have done to Tasmanian Forest industry & the resulting near cataclysmic level of unemployment as a prime example. Over 50% of Tasmania’s forests are locked up & what is far worse, control by a foreign power!!!

    Why don’t people believe that Australia is less than the size of a Guppy in the big ocean of World polluters, not to mention the effect of pollution from earth quakes, volcanic eruptions & the indiscriminate destruction of the Amazon rainforests on the world. Anything that any Australian government does to reduce pollution will amount to nothing more than a single fly’s dropping on the Universe. Let us call a spade, a spade, to quote Paul Keating “it is just another form of Taxation”. To the Greens however, it is the method they want to employ to ensure that every living thing is controlled by the “State”, a true Communistic objective!!!!!!!

    Bill Shorten???? If the Labor party is elected, how long do you think he will last, despite 24/7’s manipulation of their party rules. He is another Malcolm Turnbull, he wants to be the P.M., indeed he believes he is the right person for the job. I will say no more but to say once a crook always a crook and if the cap fits then Bill you should wear it.

    As for the so called “Independents” they are nothing more than a gross waste of Tax Payer funds and a distraction from the real issues that every Australia faces day by day & every day. Excessive taxes, high commodity prices, low levels of primary & secondary education outcomes, with the resulting over emphasis, by employers, on Tertiary education requirements. Extremely high salary & wages for those persons lucky enough to score & hold a job is the outcome. Tertiary education requirements are not beyond the realms of possibility for garbage truck operators, cleaners et.el. in the future, providing that job doesn’t offend there Green’s sensitivities to pollution.

    Finally I agree with Yale. Malcolm, despite what Karabar says, is the lesser of the two evils and lets face it we have all seen what the Labor party got us into when they held government, complete with the minefield they left when the Australian public voted them out. If the Liberal/National government doesn’t perform, then the Australian public can vote them out as well, maybe the Labor party might have learned a lesson by then??

  6. The general rule is that Governments generally lose elections rather than the opposition winning it. The Liberal Party simply deserve to lose the election. The question remains does Labor deserve to be in government after what we experienced last time.

  7. Every word above is true and I cant fault it. I am not a Del-Con. I am however a paid up member of the Liberal Party and I work actively for the party including in a committee role for a branch. So: I am dismayed, dissapointed and bitterly angry at how the Liberal Leadership is drifting around with no evidence of a coherent strategy or even a plan. They are outgunned and outplayed. Calling on conservatives is not going to be enough to rescue this mob as they are too incompetent. Australia is rooted, an ALP government will be the final indignity and Australian voters will get what they voted for. We have been at a tipping point for the last three years and we have just gone past it. For myself, my plans are well advanced and I will be moving to Singapore and taking my taxable income with me.

    And i would remind everyone of the story about the restaurant. 10 Australians would have lunch at a particular restaurant each week and the bill was $100. When they divided up the bill they decided to do it on the same basis as the Australian tax profile. So one person paid $60. Another paid $25. Another $10 and two paid $2.50 each. Five paid nothing. In a fit of kindness the owner gave them a 10% discount. How did they rearange the payments? In Australia the five who were not paying anything would complain bitterly that “the rich get all the breaks” unless they were given a refund…….?

  8. Yale, Abbott has nothing to do with it. People want a Conservative choice and they are getting Extreme Left (Greens), Left wing (ALP) and “Labor Light – we’re not quite as left wing as the ALP”. People are moving away because the Liberal Party no longer represents their Conservative values.

    This has been going on for some time and the reason it keeps going on is because the executive firmly believes that no matter what conservatives will keep voting for them because “the ALP would be worse”. And they can count on people like yourself to exhort the others to stay. So why should they give a shit? Why change? Why improve?

    Jesus wept, they went from the biggest win in history to being dumped in Qld and learned sweet Fanny Adams from it. Not learning new tricks is passable if you’re winning, but when you’re consistently losing in every State in the nation and not learning shit from it, you don’t deserve to win or even exist.

    Case in point. The Conservatives have known for literally decades that the Left has been placing itself in control of Universities etc and has done zero to counter this. The incredible spread of left wing front organisations has been left unchecked. The utter failure to embrace and use social media to spread the message, any bloody message. How long can people be asked to follow totally incompetent “Leaders” before they can decide to dump the lot and start again.

    I hate to say it, but the ONLY thing that will save the Liberals as a Conservative force is a wipe out in an election. The current crop have no spine and no balls, so pathetic that they can no longer even argue to defend Free Speech, that most basic of all Freedoms. Screw them, let the Liberals be reduced to a rump for 3 years. Yes shorten is a complete idiot, but no the ALP can’t kill this nation in 3 years or even 6. Even after a disaster of an ALP government we can rebuild this nation IF we have a Conservative government with the balls to do what will have to be done and the smarts to explain it in terms that blind Freddy can understand.

    Look at the bloody submarines. 2,800 jobs we’re told. We could buy the whole damn lot from France, give each worker at ASC a $1 Million cash payment and STILL be $4 Billion cheaper than the current option. What a flaming joke. “Australian Steel for Australian Submarines”? Exactly what steelworks makes the required steel quality? None, so I bet we’ll get lumbered with extra costs to upgrade a steelworks somewhere. (Probably Whyalla) “The age of entitlement is over” while throwing billions at corporate welfare.

    No Yale, Abbott has nothing to do with it. The Liberal party has deserted it’s Conservative base and now the base is returning the favour. Why should Conservatives support a party that doesn’t support Conservative values?

    • An excellent assessment, JohnB.
      However, at the rate the progressives roll on with the UN NWO, I for one don’t think we have six years. Nevertheless, as destructive as Shorten and Bowen can be, the risk that Turnbull is clever enough to set himself up as a dictator is as bad or worse.

  9. Yale, your point is understood. However, even Malcolm, the narcissistic twit knows he does not have a mandate to change much after Tony’s strong election win. I believe he has an agenda that runs contrary to conservative values which he will push and justify with any election win. He and the other 56 sheep (inclusive of absent from vote) should never be rewarded for their treachery, mostly because they don’t have the answers and will not change the trajectory for the country in any positive way. Other reasons would be that conservatives deserve a strong voice in parliament and a defeat at this coming election is the quickest way of purging the rot and reclaiming the party and its voice. If we are to have left, socialist policies let them be imposed by Labor who can then wear the inevitable stains.
    Tony’s mistake was not to pursue more aggressively changes as per his mandate and seek the earliest DD if not allowed to deliver on LNP election commitments.

  10. No government will succeed unless it enjoys respect from the electorate, and none of our political parties are respected. Consequently, voters are now in the very difficult position of having to choose between deceitful and incompetent parties.

  11. Guys, it would appear that we who have taken time to write our thoughts on Yale’s blog feel the same disenchantment with the Liberal Party and rightly so. Money makes the world go round and without it a countries standard of living does a nose dive, look at the Greeks as a prime example. The Labor party showed their disloyalty, nay their blatant disregard for the welfare of the Australian people by the massive debts and unfunded schemes they left behind when they were kicked out. What makes anyone think that Labor has changed???? Do you really want to give them another go just to get revenge?

    If you think voting Labor or for that matter the Greens or independents is a great way to teach the Libs a lesson, I would think again. Why there maybe some short term gain in that respect for the pissed off party faithful, you have neglected to see the
    BIG PICTURE.
    In the long run, the satisfactory governing of Australia for the betterment of the majority of Australian citizens, is what it is supposed to be all about. NOT for the betterment of political parties or for that matter any other vested interest group.

    The best way to get rid of Malcolm is for the people in his own electorate to refain from voting for him. It would have a two fold benefit. Firstly it would send a clear message to the back room boys/girls that party supporters are not happy and, secondly the country would not suffer unduly from Labors total incompetent mismanagement of government.

    If you Lib supporters are so pissed off, start lobbing Malcolms local branch, conduct on line campaigns and use whatever other method seems appropriate to get him ousted!

    IT IS UP TO YOU!!!!!!!!

  12. So how do people feel now that Turnbull has put a Greens candidate in the Office of the Prime Minister?

    Sorry Sniper but it appears that whether you vote Liberal or Green, you get Greens in positions of power. Can someone remind me of in what why the Liberals now even remotely resemble “Conservatives”?

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