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July 28, 2008

So the Nationals and Liberal Party in Queensland have merged. The Liberals have been taken over by the Nationals. That means a moral and social conservatism but what of the Liberals tradition of economic liberalism, which the Nationals reject in favour of agrarian socialism of socialising losses and capitalising gains? If the Nationals call the shots, then we have a new rump Liberal Party in Queensland.

Nationalsmerge.jpg Sean Leahy

I cannot see that as a blueprint for the rest of the nation, where the Nationals are a rump country party--they have a Cabinet position in the Rann Labor Government in SA. The merger looks to be a very Queensland centric merger for all the heady rhetoric about the long march to Canberra. Even in Queensland leaving the new Liberal National Party (LNP) party is 20 seats short of the 45 it needs to have an absolute majority in Queensland's one-house parliament.

Will those in Queensland's south-east corner vote for the rebadged Nationals? Where do those who hold to the core liberal values of personal freedom, liberty and enterprise go, now that the Liberal party’s Right faction has merged with the Nationals. The National Party with a Liberal rump is not an attractive proposition for those in the south-east corner

Talk of a merger between the Liberals and the Nationals goes back a quarter of a century or more, when it became clear that the Nationals were suffering an inexorable decline driven by demographics in regional Australia. A merger at a federal level was seen as the best hope of salvaging remaining National Party influence and power and a merger meant folding the minority Nationals into the Liberals. So Queensland went alone, as Queensland has always been their real power base.

Australians are still leaving the bush for the cities in ever increasing numbers, and the Nationals are anything but national---they barely exist in SA , WA, Tasmania or the NT. They have retreated to regional Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 3:08 PM | | Comments (2)
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Gary,
the reasoning would have been that a single non-Labor party provides the best way of maximising the non-Labor vote and thus gaining government.

The LNP is probably too conservative an organisation for many Liberal party members to stomach. So they will switch to Labor in Queensland.

Nan,
it's conservative politics on viagra before decline and death cuts in.