by MARK WHITE – A LOT of people joined the Liberal Party back when it was determinedly the Party of small business and family values.
My own story reflects this; I was attracted to a Party that encouraged effort as I worked to establish something lasting and profitable on its merits.
Which could explain why I repeatedly bump into likeminded business owners who no longer feel the Party stands true to a belief in “government that nurtures and encourages its citizens through incentive…”.
Why? Because Australians who make a living in business understand that the “incentives” the Party once believed in were merit-based, not distorting incentives driven by edicts from Party bureaucrats or activists.
And merit works. If you don’t believe me let me know how you’re feeling next time you’re flying to Bali in a plane piloted by a 21-year-old selected by a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commissar.
Merit-based selection is neither sexist nor racist, which makes it more depressing to learn that the Party’s leadership keeps falling for the “Liberals have a women problem” trope.
The truth is, the Libs have a serious meritocracy problem and a whole lot of people who once supported the Party know it – male and female.
Exhibit-A of this was on display at the 2022 Federal Election, when the only constitutionally-legitimate Liberal candidate, Lincoln Parker, was rolled by a three-person committee led by then PM Scott Morrison.
Mr Parker is a long-term active member, chaired the NSW Defence & National Security Branch, is a polished media commentator and locally engaged father.
He was replaced by this Orwellian committee by a woman, Katherine Deves, who few had ever heard of – and fewer still had seen at a Party branch meeting.
Gender-based preselections have repeatedly proven to be a disaster for the Liberal Party.
In this case, the Party’s primary vote in Warringah fell 5.66 per cent and it failed to regain a seat that only years before had been held by a Liberal prime minister – Tony Abbott.PC