Federal election live updates: Malcolm Turnbull says voting for teal independents will thwart Liberal party

Former PM to tell Washington Harvard Club the rise of the independents could mean the ‘capture’ of the Liberal party is thwarted by ‘direct democratic action’Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesRead our latest election briefing and listen to today’s campaign catchup podcastElection 2022 seat explorer; Pork-o-meter election promises trackerGuardian Australia’s full federal election coverageGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingDisgruntled Liberal voters are “voting with their feet” to support the so-called teal independents, because the influence of the party’s moderate wing at the federal level was “diminished and diminishing”, the former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to say.Describing the 2022 Australian election campaign in a speech he is to give to the Washington Harvard Club, Turnbull says the rise of the independents is “the most interesting part of the election” because “if more of these ‘teal’ 10 independents win, it will mean the capture of the Liberal Party will be thwarted by direct, democratic action from voters. People power, you might say.”Sign

The idea we are a party only for the bush or for the bushes is not true, or for the burbs is not true. We govern for all Australians. people are entitled to their opinions. I don’t always agree with everything you say and I don’t always agree with what my colleagues say. We are entitled to have our own views and cross the floor and make our own statements known where it is appropriate.I mean, I’m not a commentator on these things. People are entitled to their own views. I think I have been very clear we have a strong voice for people in the cities and people should absolutely vote for Dave Sharma and Trent because they’ve done a great job in standing up for their communities.I Former PM says Australians shouldn’t fear a hung parliament, as many have ‘operated with stability and good effect’. don’t agree with Mr Turnbull’s analysis. We have done important work for people who live in the inner cities on things like achieving the net zero 2050 commitment, and also developed economic policies which favour the inner city on things like fintech and cryptocurrency and we have made important commitments, as I spoke about last night to the equality forum, on HIV, listing Prep on the PBS.

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