Dumped Defence Minister Kevin Andrews is here to help — just ask him. In an interview with his local paper, the Manningham Leader, Andrews says that he is prepared to challenge Malcolm Turnbull for leadership of the Liberal Party under the right circumstances. In a long profile to mark Andrews’ 25th year in Parliament, he also said he was a leader of the conservative side of the Liberals:

“‘It has never been my burning ambition to be the leader of the party, but if circumstances arose which they did in both of those instances where I thought there should be a change or a contest, I am prepared to do it,’ he said.

Mr Andrews said it was ‘true’ he was a leader of the conservative side of the Liberal party.

‘But I see that leadership as a kind of intellectual leadership,’ he said.”

We think he might have a bit of competition there. Last year Eric Abetz told another local paper, The Advocate, that he was the standard-bearer for conservatives — “the informal leader of the conservative element of the Liberal Party”. Perhaps it’s time for a conservative spill?

Peter Fray

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