Who is the ‘base’ the conservative faction of the Liberal Party keep talking about?

When the Liberal Party dumped Malcolm Turnbull in August the coup leaders and their backers in conservative media justified the blood by declaring that Turnbull had lost touch with the party’s “base” and that without it he could not hope to win the coming election.

Brett believes that the conservatives’ drift to the right in pursuit of a phantom base could cause a long-term and crippling division for the party, similar to the divide that hobbled the ALP between the 1930s and and the 1960s, when Menzies’ Liberal Party dominated the nation.

If it is not healed, she says, Labor could become Australia’s natural party of government.

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