The liberal brand and Dutton’s opposition are a smoldering ruin

Who would be a liberal? Irrelevant in Canberra, shattered in Sydney, a disaster in Melbourne … the party is taking severe damage to the brand and could become permanent.

Opposition leader Peter Dutton and other opposition members in Parliament during the passage of the Labor climate bill (Image: AAP / Mick Tsikas)
Opposition leader Peter Dutton and other opposition members in Parliament during the passage of the Labor climate bill (Image: AAP / Mick Tsikas)

In a famous photograph by Alex Ellinghausen from June 2014, Liberals cheered in the House of Representatives hall after abolishing the Gillard government’s carbon pricing scheme, a low-cost, low-impact and efficient mechanism. which reduced Australia’s emissions. A happy Greg Hunt receives congratulations from Kelly O’Dwyer and Christopher Pyne. All three, of course, are now out of politics, Hunt in the last election.

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Hunt’s legacy lies in his reputation for destroying his principles, the discredited “Soil Magic” Emissions Reduction Fund, wildly overestimating his popularity with his peers and presiding over the disasters of vaccine introduction and aged care crisis.

The other figure in the photo still in politics, standing with a diverse group of colleagues – all men – in a photo yesterday by Mick Tsikas (foreground), is Peter Dutton, standing with his colleagues defeated during the stage amending the passage of Labor’s climate law at home.

Read more about how the Liberal brand is in tatters.

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