Malcolm Turnbull launches spectacular intervention, tells Scott Morrison to call early election – Politics
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a spectacular intervention in the preselection process of Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly, urging his colleagues not to “capitulate” to threats from the conservative MP.
Mr Turnbull has also encouraged his successor Scott Morrison to go to the polls shortly after the long summer break, arguing he and the then treasurer had been planning to call an election for March 2 before Mr Turnbull was ousted from the nation’s top job.
He denied his comments were part of a personal vendetta against Mr Kelly.
“It’s not a question of knocking him off, it’s a question that the democratic processes of the Liberal Party be allowed to operate,” Mr Turnbull told ABC RN Breakfast.
“What is being proposed to the State Executive is that the State Executive should reindorse Mr Kelly, so that the Liberal Party members of Hughes do not have the opportunity to have their say.
“We’ve just had a very long debate in New South Wales, in the Liberal Party, about the importance of democracy and grassroot members’ participation.
“In my view, the party should allow the preselection process to take its course, and then Mr Kelly will succeed or not.”
More to come.