The Liberal Party abolished the White Australia Policy under PM Harold Holt. Proud achievement. It can claim lineage to Federation-era progressive, nation-building politics linked to the illustrious names Deakin and Reid. It has the internationalism of Percy Spender, Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser as part of its make-up.
And it has come to this ?
Making politics out of funding funerals for families bereaved by an overladen boat crashing on rocks ? Is this business for a serious group of national politicians ? Like Senator Judith Troth shouldn’t Tony Abbott be saying such tactics are beneath the dignity of the Liberal Party of Australia ?
I can’t believe either that sections of the party – a majority in fact – want to cut an an aid program that funds secular schools for Indonesians. That is, as alternatives to madrasas run by Islamists. This tested even Alexander Downer, according to reports.
A serious conservative-liberal party in the progress of becoming populist and xenophobic, rallying on an anti-refugee platform. Sad day.