Lib­er­als should re­ject ma­nip­u­la­tive face­less men

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

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

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