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The Liberal Party must move left : Comments

By Peter Bowden, published 1/6/2022

The cause of the massive defeat of the Liberal Party at the recent election was indubitably the deep-seated dislike for Scott Morrison.

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I prefer the Piketty analysis. We are all neoliberals now, but Labor pitches to the educated elite, Liberals to the money elite. Never mind unwashed voters.

In that sense, Labor and Teals offer you a more comforting climate narrative, but the essential LibLab environmental policies won't change. Record immigration levels, bold logging and land clearing, prolonging fossil fuels, wild-west water and irrigation policies, permissive species crashes, and so on. Labor's 43% "emissions reduction" is no more or less meaningless than the Libs' 35%.

What you are left with is the real change - Albanese is not a regressive 1950s religious bigot and sexist oink like Morrison.
Posted by Steve S, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 8:36:32 AM
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What a load of rubbish. The Liberal party lost support because it moved too far to the left in the stupid ignorance that left-leaners would vote for them, when they already had Green Labor to vote for. Serve them right. What they need to do is get back to their right of centre roots, and look after the people who will vote for them: the battlers and the middle class Menzies had in mind when he started the party.

The Liberal Party was not designed for the upper classes, who can look after themselves, but first and foremost for the voiceless middle and working classes, now well and truly deserted by the Left.

Ever since the Coalition foolishly signed on to the net zero 2050 target just prior to the Glasgow Climate Conference, the green Left has been able to dictate the parameters of any debate.

The Dutton Liberals must dump Morrisonís weak imitation of Laborís Zero Emissions policy, and explain to the electorate that, if they want to cut emissions, it is going to cost them big time.

The huge costs of climate hysteria under Labor will soon become apparent, and the chance for the Coalition to return to power will be there: as long as they donít listen to the Leftist idiots within the party and without.
Posted by ttbn, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 9:11:46 AM
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It is probably a good thing that Labour won as they will crash the
electrical system sooner than the lefty Liberals would have done.
Doing so earlier would mean less money wasted on a silly wind & solar
scheme that cannot work for our country as it now is, with 26 million
people needing jobs, food, education, housing etc etc.
When it becomes obvious that the blackouts are a permanent feature
of a Labour economy, a number of "independants" will switch sides
and remove the Labour government.
Mark my words, something like that will happen, simple arithmetic says so.
Posted by Bazz, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 9:36:52 AM
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Conservatism and Christianity are mutually opposed philosophies! Christians cannot serve two mutually opposed masters and conservative ideals are anti-Christian ideals in word thought, and action.

If the liberal party cannot move back to the moderate centre? They are destined for political oblivian. And a view supported by recent election results.

Traditionally the conservatives have obtained power by sliding in on the coattails of the moderate middle. And have time after time lurched further and further to the right! And this time it was a bridge to far for the voting community! Who essentially said, take your jack boot philosophies and shove em!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Wednesday, 1 June 2022 10:22:22 AM
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I don't know about the rest of the voters, but for me, & most of those I know, no emissions by 2050 was the last act of stupidity that sent us looking elsewhere for representation.
Posted by Hasbeen, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 11:42:09 AM
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Bit of a silly title. Don't you mean pulling back toward the centre from their current hard right positions?

The Liberal party has ruled as a minority government for the last 9 years. Having had to get into bed with the Nats they have woken up out of power and with fleas.

Minority governments often tend to struggle and the excesses of the marriage of convenience tends to mean the minor partner ends up with undue and undeserved power.

An interesting exercise would be to think what might have happened if the Liberal Party was bold enough to go talk to the Teals and see if they could come back into the Liberal fold to replace the Nats. The same Nats who have seen them ousted and in real danger of going deeper down the rabbit hole of hard right politics which has seen them so on the nose of the Australian voters.

Sure, the Teals make up half the current numbers the Nats bring, but many of the Teals have serious Liberal pedigree and would be a natural fit for the party along with a sizable injection of female talent.

Perhaps the election of Dutton as leader has put paid to any slim chance of this happening but you would hope there would be some sensible forward thinking Liberal strategists who would be mapping out such a scenario
Posted by SteeleRedux, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 12:05:30 PM
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