Teal Liberal Party voters, don’t bite your nose to bully yourself

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I didn’t do this lightly, but because I believed it was the right thing to do. This ultimately resulted in the bill not being passed.

If I had been a member of the Labor Party, I would have been expelled from the party for such an action.

Likewise, my colleague Bridget Archer in Bass stood strong for her beliefs on a range of issues, and she remains a valued member of the Liberal team.

Chaney rightly points to the Coalition’s net-zero target for 2050 as tangible evidence of moderates making a difference within the Liberal Party, but goes on to suggest it’s all for naught because a National Party senator from Queensland has expressed an alternative stance . To paraphrase an old saying, “one dissent doesn’t make a summer” in the Liberal Party.

But what does he think will happen after the election when one of my moderate colleagues sitting in the banquet hall is replaced by green-blue independents who aren’t in the tent?

This, in my opinion, is the whole problem with the teal movement.

Almost without exception, they strive to replace moderate liberals.

Apparently the argument goes that the Liberal Party can be “improved” and made “more moderate” by purging the party of moderates.

It’s really nonsensical.

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This is exactly the same flawed argument Malcolm Turnbull used Friday.

Anyway, does removing moderate votes from the liberal banquet hall make the party more moderate?

The Teals would have us believe that they are essentially “Liberal-lite” and if you are a moderate Liberal voter you can safely vote for them without any negative repercussions.

Kind of like when Kevin Rudd told us in 2007 that he was John Howard-lite and everything would be fine if you voted for him. We’ve seen this story before. Indeed, Anthony Albanian has made the same claim again this election.

Although I have never met the independent candidate Zoe Daniel, who is active in Goldstein, nor have I ever discussed politics with Dr. Monique Ryan, who is active in Kooyong, I have no doubt that both are well-intentioned.

But what do you actually get when you vote for them, other than losing your local moderate liberal member?

What is their economic plan? Do they support higher taxes or not? What is their stance on national security?

The only certainty in voting for Teal independence is that you will get a Labor government.

Does anyone really doubt that one of the teals wouldn’t support Labor in the event of a hung parliament?

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I mean – seriously? I’m more likely to play full forward for the Dees in the grand final this year than the green-blue independents are backing the coalition.

This is where Chaney’s (and others’) argument completely fails, as it is based on the false premise that these independents will support a coalition government, thereby requiring the coalition government to “take stronger action” on issues like climate change and an integrity commission. Only problem: we won’t be in government.

Make no mistake, voting independently does not mean a better liberal party. It will mean the opposite.

It will mean a weaker liberal party, with moderate votes diminished in number.

When you vote teal, you vote for a Labor government.

So my message to liberal voters considering voting for teal is this: Please stick with us. Don’t cut your nose to bully yourself.

dr. Katie Allen MP is the federal member for Higgins and is a former pediatrician and professor of medical research.

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