Is this the reason Scott Morrison lost the election? Liberal elders say party is out of touch with ‘modern Australia’ and needs to be more diverse
- A damning review into May’s federal election claims the Liberals are out of touch
- The assessment explained that the Liberals did not represent ‘modern Australia’
- It highlighted Scott Morrison’s popularity and female & ethnic diversity as issues
A damning review into the Coalition’s federal election loss back in May claims the Liberals are out of touch with ‘modern Australia’ and the party does not have enough women and Australians from ethnic backgrounds in its ranks.
The assessment was conducted after the election by former Liberal Party federal director Brian Loughnane and opposition finance spokeswoman Jane Hume and received hundreds of responses.
The final report will be handed to the party’s national executive this week.
It concluded that the Liberals needed a complete grassroots overhaul as electorates across the country had lost faith with the party.
A damning review into the May federal election that Liberal party were out of touch with ‘modern Australia’. Above is the party’s PM Scott Morrison with his Coalition team
The review explained that the party did not reflect the diverse makeup of the general public and required more female and ethnic representation.
It did not suggest quotas for more women and Australians of ethnic background but rather that a goal should be set of a more diverse party.
The deputy director of the Australia Institute, Ebony Bennett, told Daily Mail Australia that diversity was an ongoing issue for the party.
‘It’s very important political parties and the government reflect the Australian community,’ she said.
‘Labor has used quotas, the Greens have sought people from diverse backgrounds – these are not unique issues to the Liberal party, but they’re not doing anything to address these problems.’
Ms Bennett claimed the more serious issue for the party at hand was the attitude towards women, citing the recent example of NSW transport minister David Elliott’s chief of staff, Tanya Raffoul, being told by party members she was ‘too assertive’ and being advised to ‘settle down and have children’.
‘Unless that attitude changes, it won’t matter what policies the Liberal Party are adopting moving forward,’ she said.
‘They will end up being a party of mediocre men.’
The report claimed the Liberals required a complete grassroots overhaul (pictured, former prime minister Scott Morrison)
The deputy director of the Australian Institute, Ebony Bennett, said the Liberal party’s attitude towards woman was another issue it was facing (pictured, David Elliott’s chief of staff, Tanya Raffoul)
One key finding from the review was that the unpopularity of former prime minister Scott Morrison amongst voters was critical to the Coalition’s loss.
‘By 2022, Scott Morrison had a track record,’ Ms Bennett said.
‘Voters knew how he operated in regards to the Covid pandemic, the Black Summer bushfires and the women’s march in Canberra and they didn’t like what they saw.’
She added that the Morrison government’s failure to commit to an anti-corruption commission or reducing greenhouse gas emissions also cost the party ‘heartland seats’.
The review explained that the unpopularity of Scott Morrison was critical in the Coalition’s election loss
Shadow immigration minister Dan Tehan (pictured) said the Liberal party required a ‘culture’ change
The review found that the Liberals failed to represent local communities and the NSW branch was troubled by factional infighting that delayed pre-selections until the eve of the election.
Shadow immigration minister Dan Tehan has responded to the findings and claims the ‘culture’ of the Liberal party needs to change.
‘What the review shows is that we’ve got to make sure that we’re doing that outreach, doing that engagement and ensuring that we are in touch with modern Australia,’ he told Sky News Australia.
‘I think we can change the culture in the coming months, in the coming years, and we will change the culture in the lead up to the next election – we have to.’
‘If we are to win at the next election, we have to change the culture immediately.’