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Have the major parties killed themselves off?

Have the major parties killed themselves off?

Their swamp is drowning all of us!

Voters have had enough of politics Australian style. Scratch the surface on friends, blokes in the pub and even strangers in the supermarket and mention the word politics, and the outpouring begins—they’ve had a gut-full. Letter to editors and commenters on blogs are are mounting in their abuse toward politicians from Labor and Liberal. As seen on this blog, people are running away from major parties. Some, even vowing to pay the fine for not voting. This article in today’s SMH adds fuel to the reasons why the disdain.

Malcolm Turnbull’s intervention in a fight over the future of Craig Kelly has sparked a war inside the NSW Liberal Party’s dominant moderate wing, with its leadership accused of capitulating to conservatives. A blistering email obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reveals the decision by factional leaders Trent Zimmerman and Matt Kean to support Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plan to rescue Mr Kelly from certain preselection defeat has triggered bitter recriminations.

Source: Fairfax Media

‘Sold down the river’: Leaked emails show Liberal Party moderates under fire for saving Craig Kelly

Malcolm Turnbull has criticised the Liberal party’s plans to automatically preselect Craig Kelly after he allegedly threatened to go to the crossbench and run as an independent if he’s dumped.

In a late-night missive on Monday, Sally Betts — a close ally of the former prime minister — attacked Mr Zimmerman and Mr Kean for helping save Mr Kelly, a conservative backbencher who helped bring down the National Energy Guarantee and Mr Turnbull’s leadership.

“To say that the moderates are disappointed in you, as our supposed leader, is an understatement,” she wrote to the North Sydney MP.

“You supported Kelly – a thug, a bully, and a disgrace and you need to explain that to the moderates.

“You were happy to sell the moderates down the river and not even ask for anything for our vote … how many other deals are you going to do that disadvantage the moderates?

“And I am telling you that you have no authority to speak for me or anyone else ever again. I doubt if the majority of the moderates want you to speak for them either.”

The comments were also circulated to a wide group of people including Mr Turnbull and influential lobbyist Michael Photios, who handed the leadership of the faction to Mr Zimmerman and Mr Kean last year.

Mr Kelly was facing defeat by local councillor Kent Johns, a moderate-aligned party operator who had the numbers to win the nomination for the safe southern Sydney seat of Hughes.

Even if as moderates we don’t stand for anything philosophically any more you might have thought we had a moral spine

In a separate email sent to Ms Betts and Mr Zimmerman on Tuesday, Mr Johns made numerous references to problems within Mr Kelly’s office and wrote: “This was never about political ambition, this was about fixing the office in Hughes and our faction failed”.

“Even if as moderates we don’t stand for anything philosophically any more you might have thought we had a moral spine,” he added.

Ms Betts, NSW Young Liberals president Harry Stutchbury and moderate powerbroker Chris Rath abstained from voting against Mr Kelly’s re-endorsement — a crucial decision which allowed him to remain the party’s candidate in the safe Sydney seat of Hughes at the next federal election.

Mr Morrison personally telephoned Ms Betts to lobby her over fears Mr Kelly would quit the Liberal Party and move to the crossbench had he lost preselection.

In contrast, Mr Turnbull spent much of Sunday calling state executive members urging them to resist the pressure and likened the plot to save Mr Kelly to giving in to blackmail.

In a radio interview on Monday, Mr Zimmerman said Mr Turnbull’s intervention effectively gave the state executive no choice but to back Mr Morrison.

“Malcolm’s intervention meant it did become an issue about the Prime Minister’s authority and that swung the dial in favour of acceding to the request the Prime Minister had made.”

In her email, Ms Betts challenged Mr Zimmerman’s claim that moderates abstained because of Mr Turnbull’s public statements: “How dare you speak for us … that is simply untrue.”

Mr Kelly said he was “more than happy to have a preselection, and I’d be happy to run on my record”.

“There is no other MP who sits in the party room that has moved a seat up the pendulum as far as I have,” he said, in reference to the margin in Hughes.

Mr Zimmerman and Mr Johns declined to comment. Mr Kean could not be reached.

When contacted, Ms Betts said she was disappointed state executive members “were even asked to vote” to support Mr Kelly.

“I am a loyal servant of the moderates and the Liberals, and it is upsetting that my personal comments were leaked,” Ms Betts said.

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Maryanne 05/12/2018, 8:22 am

    Scum, the lot of them.

  • Albert 05/12/2018, 8:25 am

    Why would anyone support such a gaggle of fools?

  • Pensioner Pete 05/12/2018, 8:26 am

    May a pox fall upon all their houses, and soon. Should the populace have an ounce of intellect, they would boot the major parties to the kerb come election time, either state or federal and do so by placing them absolutely last on the ballot paper whilst placing a quality independent in first place, be that One Nation, AC or independent of good character.

  • Aktosplatz 05/12/2018, 8:58 am

    I dispute the term ‘moderate’ it is totally inappropriate to call these people ‘moderates’.

    They are not, they are lefties, socialists, and in some ways, are extremist to the Left. Their behaviour tells you that.

    • Lorraine 05/12/2018, 9:38 am

      They are not Liberals , not the type of Liberal we want, they are the left and should join, the LABOR Party

    • Neville 05/12/2018, 11:39 am

      Agreed, Akto.
      But the thing is .. it’s just another illustration of the extent to which the state of politics has fallen in Australia. What was once seen clearly as being leftist is now “centrist” or called “moderate”. What was once rightist has now been labelled (by the dominant leftist paradigm) as being “far right extremist”.
      I can no longer be bothered just sitting still like a target and putting up with assorted leftist crap. I now, when confronted by leftist crap, simply call them “far-left extremists”; then watch the appalled horror creep across their faces, as they attempt to defend their twisted worldview.

  • Penguinite 05/12/2018, 12:13 pm

    Factions are to blame! All members of a local community should be able to vote for the delegate with whom they want to entrust their vote and, if in a collective majority, run the country. If we had “Preliminaries” perhaps we could do away with POLITICS. We certainly need to rid our electoral systems of Fiefdoms and power brokers!

  • luk1955 05/12/2018, 6:51 pm

    Meanwhile here in Victoria the voters picked the labor party in spite of fraud and theft by many labor pollies. So here in Victoria the voters want more dictatorial and criminal policies like free tvs and solar panels that will not work when the sun goes down or when their beloved expensive electricity goes out.

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