Three Members of the Morrison government are said to be defecting in a move that will send the government into a whole new level of chaos.
Scott Morrison believes in miracles.
Wixxyleaks has it on good authority from multiple sources that at least three members of the Morrison government have decided that hoping for a miracle is not going to cut it and are quitting the Liberal Party in coming days to join the party currently named The New Liberals.
I’m not in a position to name which members are alleged to be quitting and moving to the cross bench however can say that these members are alleged to be not guaranteeing supply or confidence at this point in time.
This alleged move would leave a trail of destruction through the Coalition caucus and will perhaps pave the way for further members to desert the Party that many believe has lost its way.
These three deserting members would also leave the government at the mercy of the cross-bench to pass any legislation, and that is only if the government doesn’t collapse in the meantime.
Scott Morrison’s political career, as Immigration Minister, Treasurer, and as the current Prime Minister has not been a career based on assisting or understanding minorities. Now his government could be about to become one.
Interestingly, this defection of Liberal members would also see currently named New Liberal’s with three times the number of MP’s in the House of Representatives than the longer established Greens, making them a significant new force in Australian politics.
I say ‘currently named The New Liberals’ as it appears that the party may be changing its name before legislation can be passed that would see it deregistered as a Party for having a name similar to The Liberal Party. This bill is said to have bipartisan support ensuring it will pass, something that has seen Labor criticised by many. Critisism I believe is unfair. Why would Labor want to see a party registered called The New Labor Party? Or for that matter ‘The New Greens’. I’m sure even the New Liberals wouldn’t want to see another party registered named ‘The Real Liberals’. Common sense has to kick in some time and politics shouldn’t be about hoodwinking the public with a similar party name to another party.
The New Liberals stated policy positions are indicitive of a party keen to take the country forward in ways that are far less reliant on wishes and prayers and their financials are not propped up by the fossil fuel sector.
Unmistakably this exodus from the Liberal Party would reflect badly on Scott Morrison, but it is importantly also a reflection on the future leadership and direction of the Liberal Party. It shows that some within the Liberal caucus have a complete lack of faith in Josh Frydenberg. Leaving the party Frydenberg hopes to lead shows that those who know him best have no confidence in his capability to lead or the direction his leadership may take the party. The same could also be said for Peter Dutton.
Losing three members to the crossbench would put increased pressure on the Morrison government for real action on issues like emissions targets, parliaments workplace culture for women, and a federal corruption watchdog. Morrison’s lacklustre at best, insulting at worst, reaction to the the allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and even rape involving senior Ministers as well as staff has left many of his caucus feeling both angry and despondent.
Many will no doubt hope that the move will give the lagging Covid response a shot of adrenalin. This is an area where the Morrison government has been extremely weak, perhaps even surpassing his bushfire emergency response that saw him holidaying in Hawaii while Australians were losing their homes.
A response is required that involves less ideology, politics, theatre and a unified national response that focuses on vaccine availability, quarantine, simple and clear messaging, and working with the indigenous community to see vaccination numbers that are not a source of national shame.
While some think that hopes and prayers are enough to see a country operate, with a pandemic running rampant it is becoming clear that there are other things are more important than blind faith. Today it has become apparent that members of Morrisons caucus are looking for something more substantial than spin, and three members have decided the only place to look is outside of the Coalition.
In recent days the New Liberals Leader Victor Kline announced that Alex Turnbull had joined the Party. Only a fool would think that this was insignificant or unrelated.
I am delighted to tell you that Singapore based Australian fund manager and astute political commentator Alex Turnbull has joined The New Liberals. #TNL #auspol @alexbhturnbull pic.twitter.com/VFCwSP3Qay
— Victor Kline (@victorklineTNL) August 13, 2021
Wixxyleaks contacted The New Liberals Leader Victor Kline for comment but at the time of publication had not received a response.
The fallout from this exodus will be interesting to watch should it occur soon as Wixxyleaks has been told.
Whether we end up with yet another #LibSpill or a government held together with staples and Perkins Paste remains to be seen, but those who have been hoping for an early election may just be seeing their wishes granted.
Maybe miracles do happen after all.
Since this article was published the Leader of the New Liberals has confirmed on Twitter that the article is true.
Not only that, he has also confirmed that he has been in discussions with Labor’s Tony Burke based on his mistaken assumption that Burke leaked the story to me.
I have also published a follow up piece linked here.