Thursday, May 27, 2010

When is a Liberal not a Liberal?

What does it say about the state of the contemporary Liberal Party when one of its most successful leaders (and a former Liberal Prime Minister) no longer wants to be a party member?.

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser left the Liberal Party over 6 months ago concerned about its rightward drift. The former PM claims the party he lead is no longer a Liberal Party, but a Conservative Party.

Margaret Simmons, who co-authored a recent biography of Malcolm Fraser, has written about the background to his decision in this piece in Crikey. Simmons tells us that Fraser resigned shortly after Tony Abbott was elected Leader of the Liberal Party, apparently in disgust with its overthrow of Malcolm Turnbull and its right wing policies.

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