Jul 5, 2017

Matthewson: Abbott’s push to ‘democratise’ the NSW Libs isn’t about democracy at all

On its face, Tony Abbott’s call for “democratic” reform of the NSW Liberal Party seems perfectly reasonable. But only on its face ...

Paula Matthewson — Political commentator and communications adviser

Paula Matthewson

Political commentator and communications adviser

A superficial interpretation of Tony Abbott’s latest mutterings would suggest the former prime minister is a fan of democracy. He certainly claims to be, particularly when it comes to “democratic” reform of the New South Wales Liberal Party.

But a closer look at Abbott’s motivation for party reform, paired with his calls for changes to the Senate, show he’s only interested in wresting power from those with whom he disagrees.

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