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Paul Kelly makes con­cern­ing ob­ser­va­tions about the state of the Lib­eral Party (“Lib­er­als doomed with­out a truce”, 15/9). The party seems to be tear­ing it­self apart at the seams and un­less it takes stock it is doomed — maybe for­ever.

Vot­ers have had enough, have lost con­fi­dence and are not go­ing to put up with self­ish and de­struc­tive be­hav­iour, some of it from peo­ple who have used the party to carve out their own po­lit­i­cal ca­reers.

In­di­vid­u­als on both sides of pol­i­tics, al­most from the mo­ment they are elected, lose sight of their pur­pose. It be­comes a ca­reer rather than a vo­ca­tion and in­di­vid­ual power be­comes para­mount.

And when it all goes belly-up, the long knives are drawn and ret­ri­bu­tion be­comes the name of the game. This is where Julie Bishop and Mal­colm Turn­bull are at right now. And they won’t let up while their col­leagues fa­cil­i­tate their be­hav­iour. John Ge­orge, Ter­ri­gal, NSW

What Paul Kelly omits to in­clude in his eru­dite as­sess­ment of the Lib­eral Party in its state of turmoil, is the most ob­vi­ous fea­ture of the the­sis un­der-

taken by him — the pro­gres­sive in­cur­sion within that party’s orig­i­nal pil­lars by ide­o­log­i­cal op­po­sites who have en­gaged in usurpa­tion of its mech­a­nisms and struc­tures to pur­sue a di­verse po­lit­i­cal agenda and en­rich their own pub­lic per­sona ir­re­spec­tive of the con­se­quences.

That is not to blame those in­volved but rather to demon­strate that both main par­ties are in­ca­pable of main­tain­ing any con­sis­tency in their base or core values. They are used as a ve­hi­cle to shuf­fle in­di­vid­ual claims to po­lit­i­cal fame by pen­e­tra­tion of the party’s frame­work, rather than task­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of their own — as Cory Bernardi did.

That Mal­colm Turn­bull was the prime ex­am­ple of this phe­nom­e­non is be­yond ques­tion, but one should also ob­serve that the sit­u­a­tion is pre­cisely the same within La­bor. Ge­orge Cara­belas, Mt Barker, SA

Those vot­ers who still bother watch­ing ques­tion time scratch their heads that re­peated ques­tions from se­rial knifer Bill Shorten show he has a very short mem­ory. And vin­dic­tive be­hav­iour from New York helps the be­mused pub­lic un­der­stand the an­swer

to La­bor’s time wast­ing ham­mer­ing of why? They must miss the for­mer PM more than oth­ers do.

Some­thing in the Can­berra water caus­ing am­ne­sia, per­haps? Ruth Bonetti, The Gap, Qld

Why are pun­dits por­tray­ing the risk of a com­ing apoc­a­lypse for the Lib­eral Party as if it were a bad thing? Surely it’s way past time to put the poor beast out of its mis­ery.

It’s un­able to gov­ern in its own right, re­quir­ing a part­ner­ship with al­leged coun­try cousins. And now it’s ob­vi­ous that the Lib­eral Party has lost all sense of pur­pose and di­rec­tion, and is floun­der­ing way be­hind the times and the think­ing of the na­tion.

The re­sult? Self-im­mo­la­tion. With the Na­tion­als now a wan­der­ing rab­ble, and with an elec­torate hun­gry for some­thing bet­ter, it’s time to wipe the slate clean, and start a new broad­based party that will en­com­pass all that is wor­thy in con­ser­vatism. Brian Hais­man, Win­malee, NSW

Do the Lib­er­als have a death wish? If they do, heaven help us. Do they re­ally want us to be be­holden to Bill Shorten and the unions? If they love

Aus­tralia surely they can see sense and stop bick­er­ing. Scott Mor­ri­son is al­ready do­ing a good job and ap­peals to more vot­ers than Mal­colm Turn­bull. So let him get on with it and give Lib­er­als a slen­der chance of vic­tory.

We will all be worse off un­der La­bor. In par­tic­u­lar, our elec­tric­ity costs will soar.

Pen­sion­ers will be worse off, too, so please get on and gov­ern. La­bor might put a stop to im­mi­gra­tion but you can be sure we will be flooded with refugees ar­riv­ing in boats again. Mar­i­anne Stevens, Halls Head, WA

Peter van Onse­len asks “why has Mor­ri­son done lit­tle, if any­thing, to un­wind Turn­bull’s agenda?” (“Mor­ri­son can’t fob off a na­tion look­ing for an­swers”, 15/9). Mere weeks into his un­ex­pected prime min­is­ter­ship, the PM could rea­son­ably con­sider this a lit­tle pre­ma­ture. Is it now so rou­tine to tear down our lead­ers that the snip­ing starts vir­tu­ally from day one?

Mor­ri­son has a task ahead, but might take heart from the clas­sic song of an­other Mor­ri­son, Van, whose mother warned him there would be days like this. David Shanks, Drum­moyne, NSW

The Ser­ena Wil­liams episode showed why con­ser­va­tives have al­ways been sus­pi­cious of the po­lit­i­cally cor­rect move­ment. The PC card is played when it suits, not when it is al­ways ap­pro­pri­ate. Had Wil­liams ac­cepted the coach­ing penalty, not smashed her rac­quet, and got on with game, does any­one think that would have com­pro­mised equal­ity and women’s rights? Two peo­ple came out of this with their heads held high — Naomi Osaka and Car­los Ramos Mur­ray Horne, Cressy, Vic

In an in­creas­ingly trans­par­ent world, Vladimir Putin and Moscow aren’t fool­ing any­one in the Skri­pal af­fair. No one’s buy­ing Moscow’s drivel about flight MH17, just as ev­ery­one knows their Marx­ist-Lenin­ist ex­per­i­ment failed. More­over, the left must be re­minded that the Soviet fo­cus wasn’t to help the West in World War II, but to de­fend the home­land and ex­tend com­mu­nism. Arthur Giannopou­los, Mitcham, SA

The AFL has an­nounced that an over­seas band will pro­vide entertainment at the grand fi­nal. Would it be to much to ask that each year the AFL se­lects an up-and­com­ing Aus­tralian band? Can any­one imag­ine the US se­lect­ing an over­seas band for their Su­per­bowl? Dar­ryl Linto, Thorn­lie, WA

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