By Andrew Bolt ~
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his henchmen are officially blaming Labor’s Mediscare for the Liberals shock humiliation at the election.
Everyone knows that is a fraud that is meant to excuse Malcolm Turnbull and shaft his rival, Tony Abbott, for allegedly leaving the Liberals so vulnerable. (I’ve exposed this lie here.)
Scott Morrison’s changes to superannuation left more than one-third of voters in both lower socio-economic and affluent electorates fearful their retirement nest eggs would be eroded.
Federal MPs have blamed the Treasurer’s policy for costing them crucial votes and said it led to the lowest number of Liberal members, often self-funded retirees, volunteering to man polling booths in 20 years, as donors abandoned the party..
Polling conducted by independent firm JWS in Coalition marginal seats midway through the election campaign showed 35 per cent of people believed they were affected…
“The research showed that it was having more of an impact than was appreciated by the government,” said JWS managing director John Scales…
The Weekend Australian understands that former leader Tony Abbott was asked to speak individually to high-net-worth donors to try to explain the merits of the changes and “win over” angry Liberals.
Note that it is Abbott, not Turnbull, who is trusted to placate key Liberal donors.
And note that replacing Abbott with Turnbull – who then took the base for granted – cost the Liberals many volunteers in this campaign:
Retired NSW Liberal politician Charlie Lynn agreed… “People weren’t volunteering to be on the booths. This was the thinnest I’ve ever seen it in the 20 years I’ve been in politics,” said Mr Lynn….
“By changing the rules of superannuation, they have breached the trust of people.”
And all for nothing. Jennifer Hewett:
“The government[’s super] changes won’t get through the party room, let alone the House or the Senate,” says one Coalition MP. “We will have endured all that pain for nothing.”
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.