Fac­tions are a ma­lig­nancy in the Lib­eral Party

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

Jim Molan pulled no punches in his ar­ti­cle (“Fac­tional bul­lies cor­ner the Lib­eral vote”, 6/12). It is well known that those on the left in the Lib­eral Party, although some not elected, hold all the power in pre­s­e­lec­tions.

This is a malig­nant tu­mour and it has to be ex­cised. And just when a vote is tak­ing place in our fed­eral par­lia­ment to re­lax our bor­der se­cu­rity, one man, for­mer gen­eral Molan, who was the mil­i­tary brains be­hind stop­ping the boats, has been hung out to dry, be­cause he does not be­long to the po­lit­i­cal left.

The na­tion needs him in the gov­ern­ment, now more than ever.

Scott Mor­ri­son must make a “cap­tain’s call”. If he does not, this par­lous sit­u­a­tion in the fac­tions will metas­ta­sise, and the Lib­er­als will be no bet­ter than La­bor. Les­ley Beck­house, Quean­beyan, NSW Jim Molan is right that fur­ther re­form is needed on the Lib­eral Party’s se­lec­tion of can­di­dates. It is time for all Lib­eral Party mem­bers in NSW to have a say in their en­dorsed can­di­dates. We have got rid of the ap­palling se­lec­tion method used in 2016, but fur­ther re­form is needed. And it is a very good idea for the elec­tion to be su­per­vised by the Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion fol­low­ing the Se­nate elec­tion method but with­out above-the-line vot­ing that would be used to in­sti­tu­tion­alise fac­tions.

I note Mal­colm Turn­bull wanted Craig Kelly to be se­lected (more likely thrown out) by branch mem­bers, rather than en­dorsed by the PM. But it was Turn­bull who had the se­lec­tion changed in 2016 so that Con­cetta Fier­ra­vanti-Wells was shifted to the top in­stead of Hol­lie Hughes. He can’t have it both ways.

Molan lost out be­cause he was too pop­u­lar. As a re­sult many, think­ing he was a shoo-in, voted their sec­ond pref­er­ence at the top. A de­ter­mined cam­paign to Vote 1 Jim Molan and then the rest of the ticket could see him elected. Dudley Horscroft, Banora Point, NSW His­tory will record the legacy of Scott Mor­ri­son’s pre­de­ces­sor as one of gross treach­ery to the Lib­eral Party. Mor­ri­son must cast aside any char­ac­ter­is­tics that align him with that odious per­son.

Mor­ri­son’s legacy will iden­tify with his ob­vi­ous qual­i­ties of open­ness, de­cency, hon­ourable be­hav­iour and courage. While the chance of his pre­vail­ing at next year’s elec­tion is slim, in­ter­ven­ing to en­sure Jim Molan’s winnable po­si­tion on the Se­nate ticket may en­hance the chance. But more im­por­tantly, he would be re­spon­si­ble for putting into the Se­nate a man whose cal­i­bre over the next six years would be of ad­van­tage to Aus­tralia. Dick Crane, Kil­lar­ney Heights, NSW Judg­ing by his re­cent per­for­mances in the par­lia­ment by tak­ing a big stick to La­bor, I get the feel­ing that by the time of the elec­tion, Scott Mor­ri­son just might do the un­ex­pected.

But the PM says one forms gov­ern­ment by hav­ing the best mem­bers and can­di­dates “and that’s where my fo­cus is to en­sure the re-elec­tion of the gov­ern­ment”.

So is the PM declar­ing that two un­knowns pre­s­e­lected in front of Jim Molan have more to of­fer than a re­tired gen­eral? Mike Flani­gan, Toowoomba, Qld Democ­racy within the Lib­eral Party has ob­vi­ously been sur­ren­dered to fac­tional divi­sion in the NSW Lib­eral Party’s head of­fice. Those mem­bers of the pub­lic who once thought their voice counted at the bal­lot box have been hood­winked in wit­ness­ing the un­ten­able pre­s­e­lec­tion prospect in place for Jim Molan.

Ob­vi­ously, re­cent by-elec­tions and the an­ni­hi­la­tion in Vic­to­ria have meant noth­ing to those pulling the strings in the Lib­eral Party. Ian Kent, Ren­mark, SA When Scott Mor­ri­son says he’s a big sup­porter of Jim Molan but he has to be elected in ac­cor­dance to party process, Mor­ri­son is miss­ing the point. It’s the process that is wrong. The point so pow­er­fully il­lus­trated by Molan that can­di­date se­lec­tion in NSW oc­curs through a “deeply dis­torted process”. Why is Mor­ri­son sup­port­ing the process, rather than chal­leng­ing it as Molan has done? Mandy Macmil­lan, Sin­gle­ton, NSW La­bor and its face­less men used to be fa­mous for their in­fight­ing but the NSW Lib­er­als are prov­ing to be quick learn­ers. And who can for­get Mal­colm Turn­bull’s hand on heart dec­la­ra­tion about there be­ing no fac­tions in the Lib­eral Party? David Crom­melin, Strath­field, NSW I hate to state the ob­vi­ous, but many high school stu­dents — and pri­mary stu­dents for that mat­ter — prob­a­bly have a bet­ter grasp of cli­mate change than many adults. Mark Chap­man, Buderim, Qld How dare China and In­dia as­pire to our lev­els of in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion by fol­low­ing the same fos­sil-fuel path­ways to eco­nomic growth and devel­op­ment (“Global emis­sions to hit his­toric high de­spite re­new­ables surge”, 6/12)? Don’t they re­alise God made them poor so we could con­tinue on our prof­li­gate life­styles? Imag­ine, with 17 per cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, In­dia ac­counts for 7 per cent of global emis­sions. Shame­less eco-ter­ror­ists! Ramesh Thakur, O’Con­nor, ACT As we hear con­tin­u­ous balder­dash about cli­mate change, could Bill Shorten tell us how much his bil­lions in sub­si­dies to other re­gions and our gen­er­a­tors will re­duce our bills. He doesn’t care about jobs, or the plight of In­di­ans seek­ing sim­ple power. Mal Alexan­der, Ver­mont, Vic I can have no re­spect for any re­li­gion whose lead­ers con­done or turn a blind eye to acts of ter­ror­ism com­mit­ted in their name. To do so would amount to an act of blas­phemy. Michael J. Gam­ble, Bel­mont, Vic

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