The Wentworth byelection isn’t just a loss for the Liberals. It’s a disaster | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Scott Morrison (centre), with Josh Frydenberg (left) and Liberal candidate Dave Sharma at the Liberal party Wentworth byelection function, in Double Bay on Saturday night.

Let’s not sugar coat this, the outcome in the Wentworth byelection is a disaster for the Liberals. Counting isn’t over yet, but the anti-government swing in this contest will be north of 20%, which is the biggest swing ever recorded against a government at a byelection.

It is a repudiation. A repudiation of a chaotic period in government characterised by self-obsession and self-harm. A repudiation of the party’s lurch to the right, and the hollowing out of the sensible centre.

via The Wentworth byelection isn’t just a loss for the Liberals. It’s a disaster | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian