Here's a summary of Janet Albrechtsen's pertinent advice for Liberal preselectors in the safe seat of Bradfield. The Libs have too many elderly seat-warmers. In safe seats like Bradfield, they need people with fresh ideas, not necessarily people with track records of service within the Party machine.
And who were among the fresh faces Albrechtsen was pushing? One's an ultra-conservative Young Liberal President. Another's a former president of the NSW Division of the Liberal Party. Fresh ideas? New blood? As Imre Saluzinszky so aptly put it this morning: "T[he] list of names being bandied around to replace Brendan Nelson in the blue ribbon Liberal seat of Bradfield reads like a John Howard cheer-squad".
I don't recall seeing Janet at the May 1995 Bradfield preselection in which Nelson defeated sitting member and Shadow Minister for Retirement Incomes David Connolly by less than a handful of votes. Back then, we Howard loyalists were given strict orders not to back that upstart doctor who in 1993 declared before a crowd over a loud hailer: "I have never voted Liberal in my life".
The Melbourne Cup field of the next Bradfield preselection
Janet Albrechtsen is right about one thing: Brendan Nelson wasn’t part of the Liberal Party establishment, writes Irfan Yusuf.