The son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has listed who he considers the five ‘craziest Liberals’ in federal politics only days out from the crucial Wentworth by-election.
Alex Turnbull sat in on Triple J’s Hack to take aim at the ‘crazies’ in the Liberal Party.
He also claimed that One Nation was holding his father’s former party ‘to ransom’.
The comment follows after the Government supported a motion in the Senate saying, ‘It’s okay to be white’, announced it might relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, and had MPs express support for new laws that would allow religious schools to expel gay students.
Alex Turnbull sat in on Triple J’s Hack to take aim at the ‘crazies’ in the Liberal Party
Only a week ago, Alex claimed that hard right ‘extremists’ had taken over the Liberal Party.
He posted a video to social media urging voters in the inner-Sydney seat of Wentworth to not vote liberal in the upcoming by-election on Saturday.
He told Hack he would fight ‘the good fight against the crazies.’
When asked who the ‘crazies’ were, the Singapore-based hedge fund manager listed Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton, Angus Taylor, Kevin Andrews and Eric Abetz.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have been bitter rivals since 2009 when Abbott rolled Turnbull for the Liberal Party leadership – a favour he eagerly returned in 2015 when he took back the party leadership.
Peter Dutton is well known as Australia’s first Minister for Home Affairs, a new ministry created by Malcolm Turnbull’s government that oversees immigration, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force.
The ex-Queensland police officer has recently faced intense public scrutiny following the au pair saga.
New Energy Minister Angus Taylor has courted controversy with his views on power, recently announcing the Morrison government would not replace the renewable energy target after it ends in 2020.
Kevin Andrews has shown himself to be a staunch advocate against assisted dying, as the liberal backbencher introduced 1997 legislation that allowed the commonwealth to overturn Australia’s first assisted dying laws in the Northern Territory.
The former Howard government minister said he was disappointed with Malcolm Turnbull earlier in the year when the then-prime minister looked to give a free vote on a bill restoring territory rights.
Only a week ago, Alex claimed that hard right ‘extremists’ had taken over the Liberal Party
Veteran Eric Abetz backed PM Scott Morrison’s controversial suggestion to move Australia’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
The Tasmanian Liberal senator also threw his support behind Pauline Hanson’s ‘It’s okay to be white’ motion.
He was recently placed in the chair of the federal Parliament’s Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Alex Turnbull went on to say that politicians’ responses to a recent, damning climate change report was ‘terrifying.’
Last Monday, a report said the world only had 12 years to get its act together and halve emissions or face irreparable climate damage.
Environment Minister Melissa Price suggested the scientists behind the report had gotten it wrong.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack weighed in and said ‘some sort of report’ would not dictate Australia’s actions.
While Alex (pictured) is quick to speak out against the government, he has been accused of tarnishing his father’s legacy
Prime Minister Scott Morrison added that the country would not spend money on climate change conferences and ‘all that nonsense.’
‘[Scott Morrison] has got the same problem my dad had – he’s got some very, very crazy people to deal with who are not particularly rational political actors,’ he said.
While Alex is quick to speak out against the government, he has been accused of tarnishing his father’s legacy.
At the same time, he has been accused on acting on behalf of his father in Wentworth, a topic that Malcolm Turnbull has recently fallen silent on.
‘If your legacy is doing what you’re told and being their lackey, then yeah I probably am destroying his legacy,’ Alex said.’
‘But that’s now how I see his legacy and that’s not what I’m proud of him for.’