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Can Turnbull bring back Liberal politics?

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Malcolm Turnbull with deputy Julie Bishop

Malcolm Turnbull with deputy Julie Bishop

If Malcolm Turnbull is to succeed as the Leader of the Opposition, he will have to demonstrate that he is a Liberal as opposed to being a Conservative.

Conservative politics has been undermined by the rise and fall of the Neo-Conservative movement in America with Australia’s support, through Howard’s politics of fear over the last 10 years.

Turnbull will need to sever ties with all of the previous Howard ministers who are seen to be part of that neo-con support and install a new generation of shadow ministers who are not tainted by the Howard legacy.  He must show that he is more ‘Liberal’ than Kevin Rudd.

Locally, we have no idea Where Sophie stands with Turnbull. They originally locked horns during the Republican debate before either of them had entered federal politics.

Mr Turnbull is seen as charismatic, progressive and ideas-driven, and with his support for signing the Kyoto pact and saying “sorry” for past injustices to Australia’s Aborigines, has distanced himself from Mr Howard’s dryer brand of conservatism whilst Sophie, on the other hand, was not sorry and has shown herself to be a right wing conservative.  It will be interesting to see how their realionship pans out.


Written by Greg Naylor

17 September 2008 at 12:00 am

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  1. I’d say Sophie is definitely on the ‘outer’ under Malcolm, and good for him. I think Turnbull IS more of a ‘liberal’ than a conservative and I actually believe he’s in the wrong party. He would have joined the ALP for the right deal but it wasn’t forthcoming. He’s his ‘own man’ and if we ever return to a Liberal Govt I hope he’s still the leader. I fear that will never happen though and the next Liberal Govt (in about 2020) will more likely be lead by the likes of ultra-right wing Sophie and her ilk.


    17 September 2008 at 8:20 pm

  2. There is no question of the ambition of Malcolm Turnbull as there is no question of his business ruthlessness. Only time will tell if his political astuteness is as intense. There is already talk of moving Christopher Pyne to the front bench and, whilst he is a member of the moderate faction in the South Australian wing of the party, I suspect he tends towards the new age ultra-right wing.

    Greg Naylor

    17 September 2008 at 9:07 pm

  3. Btw, despite what a lot of pundits predict I don’t think Julie Bishop will ever get the top job (unless she fixes that Jeff Kennett hair!)


    18 September 2008 at 12:38 am

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