The Wentworth byelection is a vote on the Liberal party’s lurch to the right | Kristina Photios | Opinion | The Guardian

Protesters dressed as former Prime Minister’s Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull are seen outside the venue where candidates for the seat of Wentworth were attending a community forum. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

The Wentworth byelection is the testing ground of one of the main tenets of the federal Liberal party’s thought leadership – and one that Malcolm Turnbull pushed back on during his term – that we need to attract the disenchanted rightwing vote.

The view held by some in the party is that the emergence of independent conservative parties have stolen our vote and we need to court them back. The internal counter-argument is – well, yes, but you will lose the rest of the country.

Australia is just not America, as much as some wish it was.

The Australian Conservatives have not gone off like fireworks and One Nation polls on a national average that is consistently below the Greens. Does that mean we have more environmentalists than conservatives?

via The Wentworth byelection is a vote on the Liberal party’s lurch to the right | Kristina Photios | Opinion | The Guardian

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