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Turnbull: Vote for ‘teals’ can fix nation

Washington: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has encouraged Australians to vote for independents a month after he declined to say if he would vote for Liberal MP Dave Sharma in his former seat of Wentworth.

By Farrah Tomazin
SMH’s North America correspondent

Washington: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has encouraged Australians to vote for independents a month after he declined to say if he would vote for Liberal MP Dave Sharma in his former seat of Wentworth.

In an intervention likely to infuriate the former colleagues Turnbull led to victory in 2016, the former Liberal leader has entered the fray in a speech concluding that ‘‘even if the members of a political party cannot escape from the thrall of the dominant faction, their traditional supporters in the electorate can do so by voting for an independent who has a real chance of success’’.

Due to address the Washington Harvard Club at 8am today (AEST), Turnbull is expected to say that the Australian Liberal Party had once been a broad church of liberal and conservative traditions, but since his ‘‘deposition in 2018’’, moderate voices had become increasingly marginalised – ‘‘especially on the toxically controversial issue of climate change, where the political right, supported by Murdoch’s media, have opposed effective action for many years’’.

In a copy of the speech provided to The Sydney Morning Herald, he notes there is also growing grassroots support for small-l liberal independent candidates who are typically progressive on climate and social issues, and are now threatening his former colleagues in once-safe Liberal seats.

‘‘In many respects, this may be the most interesting part of the whole election, because if more of these ‘teal’ independents win, it will mean the capture of the Liberal Party will be thwarted by direct, democratic action from voters,’’ Turnbull will tell the club, whose members are made up of Harvard University alumni and associates.

While Turnbull has been a trenchant critic of the federal government since he resigned from parliament in 2018, his Harvard Club speech marks the first time he has weighed into the federal election campaign.

The proposal that the 22 ‘‘teal’’ independents might best represent Liberal values marks a further break between Turnbull and the party he led after he accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of being a serial liar last November.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton told 2GB radio last year that Turnbull was ‘‘totally consumed by hatred and this desire to bring down the Morrison government’’.

In March, Turnbull declined to say how he would vote but said the rise of small-l liberal independents was an understandable reaction to the federal Liberals ‘‘being seen as too right-wing on most issues’’, particularly climate change.

In the speech, Turnbull suggests that traditional Republican voters would also benefit if they could vote for ‘‘an independent Republican who better represented their values than Mr Trump’s pick and who could go on to win a district on Democrat preferences.’’

‘‘By direct democratic action, voters could ensure they have, in this case, the centre-right representatives that best share the values and political agendas of the majority of the electorate.’’

Over the past few days, the former prime minister has met with members of Congress on Capitol Hill, including Republican Adam Kinzinger, who has been repudiated by his party after voting to impeach Donald Trump and now sits on the House Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack.

Turnbull, who last year backed former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s call for a royal commission into Rupert Murdoch’s influence over Australian politics, criticised News Corporation in his speech for legitimising ‘‘the type of crazy factfree, conspiracy-laden content that used to be the preserve of social media alone’’.

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Washington: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has encouraged Australians to vote for independents a month after he declined to say if he would vote for Liberal MP Dave Sharma in his former seat of Wentworth.

By Farrah Tomazin
SMH’s North America correspondent

Washington: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has encouraged Australians to vote for independents a month after he declined to say if he would vote for Liberal MP Dave Sharma in his former seat of Wentworth.

In an intervention likely to infuriate the former colleagues Turnbull led to victory in 2016, the former Liberal leader has entered the fray in a speech concluding that ‘‘even if the members of a political party cannot escape from the thrall of the dominant faction, their traditional supporters in the electorate can do so by voting for an independent who has a real chance of success’’.

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By Farrah Tomazin
SMH’s North America correspondent

Washington: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has encouraged Australians to vote for independents a month after he declined to say if he would vote for Liberal MP Dave Sharma in his former seat of Wentworth.

In an intervention likely to infuriate the former colleagues Turnbull led to victory in 2016, the former Liberal leader has entered the fray in a speech concluding that ‘‘even if the members of a political party cannot escape from the thrall of the dominant faction, their traditional supporters in the electorate can do so by voting for an independent who has a real chance of success’’.

Due to address the Washington Harvard Club at 8am today (AEST), Turnbull is expected to say that the Australian Liberal Party had once been a broad church of liberal and conservative traditions, but since his ‘‘deposition in 2018’’, moderate voices had become increasingly marginalised – ‘‘especially on the toxically controversial issue of climate change, where the political right, supported by Murdoch’s media, have opposed effective action for many years’’.

In a copy of the speech provided to The Sydney Morning Herald, he notes there is also growing grassroots support for small-l liberal independent candidates who are typically progressive on climate and social issues, and are now threatening his former colleagues in once-safe Liberal seats.

‘‘In many respects, this may be the most interesting part of the whole election, because if more of these ‘teal’ independents win, it will mean the capture of the Liberal Party will be thwarted by direct, democratic action from voters,’’ Turnbull will tell the club, whose members are made up of Harvard University alumni and associates.

While Turnbull has been a trenchant critic of the federal government since he resigned from parliament in 2018, his Harvard Club speech marks the first time he has weighed into the federal election campaign.

The proposal that the 22 ‘‘teal’’ independents might best represent Liberal values marks a further break between Turnbull and the party he led after he accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of being a serial liar last November.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton told 2GB radio last year that Turnbull was ‘‘totally consumed by hatred and this desire to bring down the Morrison government’’.

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In the speech, Turnbull suggests that traditional Republican voters would also benefit if they could vote for ‘‘an independent Republican who better represented their values than Mr Trump’s pick and who could go on to win a district on Democrat preferences.’’

‘‘By direct democratic action, voters could ensure they have, in this case, the centre-right representatives that best share the values and political agendas of the majority of the electorate.’’

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