Liberals should reject manipulative faceless men
I don’t know who the faceless men of the NSW Liberal Party are, but the name Michael Photios does seem to appear with regularity. I do not live in NSW but the actions of these men have a significant effect on the lives of all Australians because their decisions affect the make up of those in the Liberal Party elected to parliament.
Their left-wing views are the main reason for the Liberal Party’s problems. It is time the broad church was reined into the centre-right, the home of Liberal politics for 70 years. The drift to the left is the main cause of the internal issues.
How did these lefty Liberals come to control the party? Jim Molan has become a blazing symbol of everything wrong with the internal processes of the NSW Liberals. How is it that anyone in the party gets to decide perhaps the best Senate candidate in 20 years in NSW is not what they want?
I believe their choice is a former Labor mayor or councillor or some such. It’s madness. Ross Dillon, Forest Hill, Vic
Scott Morrison is acting in the country’s best interest by continuing his tough stand on border protection, including encryption laws and the proposed delegation of authority to medicos in respect to refugees coming to Australia for treatment. The government must retain authority and control over all border protection matters.
Anyone with even the slightest understanding of the global refugee problem would admit that any relaxation of the existing rules will be capitalised on by the people traffickers and those who want to avoid the lawful processes by entering Australia via the back door.
Morrison is right when he says Labor just hasn’t learnt from its past policy mistakes when it comes to our borders. Dangerous thinking continues to dominate Labor’s policy making in this critical area. John George, Terrigal, NSW
Scott Morrison is quietly draining his own swamp, albeit involuntarily but appropriately into a deserving crossbench and having his share of wins. Bill Shorten is proving slowly but perceptibly that he is unfit to be PM, and hopefully, voter reflections over a restful Christmas will eventually see hard-headed common sense sneak ahead of emotional dogma and political falsehoods.
Morrison should extend his seasonal largesse and put Malcolm Turnbull to the sword. That would give Turnbull the credibility to replace Shorten as leader of the opposition.
I dream of a late but beautiful Christmas present. K. Mouatt, Robina, Qld
If Scott Morrison is to have any hope of winning the next election he must institute a significant reform that affects every Australian.
Tax reform is one such opportunity. Our system is complex, inefficient and outdated. He should commission a bipartisan root-andbranch review and commit to its recommendations
Then he would have a chance of re-election. Or he can continue on his present path and enjoy the next decade in opposition. Harrison Woollacott, Camberwell, Vic
I thought I had seen every type of strange and nasty people — despots and such. Then along comes Malcolm Turnbull, quite happy to backstab others, but unable to accept the same fate. Turnbull now seems to have become unhinged by revenge. C. Dicker, Bracken Ridge, Qld
Has it occurred to Malcolm Turnbull that being PM again is within his grasp? He may have lost 38 Newspolls, but he was the preferred PM when polled against Bill Shorten. His demeanour as a Liberal PM caused much doubt about his true political leaning. Applying to join the Labor Party should satisfy most of us.
The only obstacle is Bill Shorten, although he’s not a winner of any popularity poll. Juri Strante, Paradise Point, Qld
Thank goodness parliament has closed for the Christmas break. We will now be able to tune into the ABC without having to put up with those who masquerade as our political leaders. They would not be able to hold a place in kindergarten class.
There does not appear to be one statesman or woman among them. C .H. Ainsworth, Kingscliff, NSW