Liberals left shaken by tough fortnight inside and outside of Parliament – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison enters Parliament alone

In the topsy-turvy Liberal universe, just when the right is trying to tighten its grip on the throat of the party, the Government is haring off to the left, with this week’s legislation to allow it to break up recalcitrant energy companies.

As former deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop — who as a backbencher has become very forthright — said in the Coalition party room on Tuesday, “this is not orthodox Liberal policy”. Ms Bishop canvassed the danger of sovereign risk.
How the encrypted message access laws will affect you

The Government’s new laws force technology companies to let police access encrypted messages. Technology companies, human rights groups, lawyers and others aren’t happy.

To find a rationale for a frolic into what in other circumstances the Liberals would no doubt denounce as “socialism”, one might see it as driven by the veto of the so-called conservatives.

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