High-flying Liberal Flinders MP Greg Hunt is considered in Canberra a potential leadership contender. A Liberal of the wetter persuasion than usually tolerated here, heâ€™s certainly a smart and articulate fellow and much more principle-driven than sloppy Liberal left wets like Joe Hockey from NSW.
Heâ€™s had a good run in recent times, teaming up even with the ETU union militant Dean Mighell to score points about the Federal programme to put free insulation batts in householdâ€™s ceilings. As one of few Commonwealth policies (other than liberating Afghanistan) to directly cause loss of life and the incineration of homes, it has provided ample opportunities for the Opposition. And Hunt has made the most of it.
Hunt must truly think the political gods are smiling upon him.
Liberal sources exclusively told VEXNEWS this morning that the Labor candidate in Flinders, whose public assertion that Tony Abbottâ€™s policies were â€œinfluencing people to take their own livesâ€ understandably attracted national attention, Adrian Schonfelder was in fact a former Liberal party member and even worked doing phone polling in the past at 104 Exhibition Street.
Liberals say Schonfelder was not the most productive campaign worker but was memorable for his quirky views.
He has some stiff competition in Flinders though.
The Australian reports today that the Greens party candidate â€“ amusingly bearing the same name as Bob Brown - is what is called a â€œtrutherâ€ or one who believes very strange things about 9/11 terrorist attacks:
"The 9/11 commission was not conclusive that al-Qa’ida was responsible," the Western Port News quotes Mr Brown as saying. â€œThere are huge questions that need to be asked — one building came down without being hit, architects say the building looked like they were brought down by controlled explosions. What happened to the bodies and plane at the Pentagon?"
Every one of these assertions or implications is absurdly false.
While Labor in Victoria is having a red hot go at McEwen, La Trobe and even hoping Aston might swing, it is understandably pessimistic about its chances in Flinders.