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The Liberals, the religious right and the ACL, where to now?

The Liberals, the religious right and the ACL, where to now?

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) and many other conservative Christians wanted a more socially conservative Liberal Party – and by the end of the election night, one could say they achieved their aim.

Making this observation is not to mock the ACL because the future structure of the right-hand half of our political spectrum has been in question for some time. The election results for the Liberals have moved a simmering pot to the front burner.

“The success of campaigns by the teal independents and the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) show that the Liberals cannot win on the Left following tonight’s election results,” says an ACL statement that raises critical questions.

“Three of the four Liberal MPs whose opposition to faith-based schools and religious freedom was extensively advertised by the ACL have likely lost their seats tonight. The result confirms similar concerns that emerged from the recent South Australian election loss by a Liberal government widely criticised for pursuing socially progressive policies.”

“The ‘broad church’ Liberal Party cannot survive long-term because it cannot be all things to all people.” – Wendy Francis

Wendy Francis, ACL’s National Director of Politics, says: “‘The ‘broad church’ Liberal Party cannot survive long-term because it cannot be all things to all people. It cannot appeal to Left and Right at the same time. The competition on the Left will always be more convincing and more attractive to left and centre-left voters in city electorates, and tonight’s wins by the Teals, despite the Liberals being more socially progressive than ever, prove that.

‘Meanwhile, by virtue signalling to these increasingly unwinnable constituencies, the Liberals turn off social conservatives in western Sydney seats (like Reid) and other outer suburban areas which should increasingly be Liberal heartland.’”

What happened on election night?

The ACL put lots of their election resources into campaigning against the five Liberal MPs who crossed the floor, leading to the failure of the Religious Discrimination Bill. The electorates were thoroughly letterboxed. The ACL mobilised thousands of volunteers.

Four of the five renegades lost on Saturday night. The exception was Bridget Archer, the member for Bass in Tasmania, a state where the Coalition vote held up.

Three of the others lost to the teal independents in inner-city seats. Trent Zimmerman (North Sydney), Tim Wilson (Goldstein, Vic) and Katie Allen (Higgins, Vic). Fiona Martin lost to Labor with a significant 8.7 per cent swing in Reid (NSW) which straddles the inner-city and multicultural middle ring suburbs.

Another ACL release gives details of polling that showed a high awareness of the religious freedom vote by the renegade Liberals.

“Independent polling in North Sydney, Wentworth and Reid showed that awareness of these issues among voters, two days before the election, was very high. This follows a major campaign by ACL in these…

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