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