The LNP hierarchy and federal Liberal supporting rebels in Queensland are in a pitched battle over the formation of a â€œLiberal Clubâ€ in Queensland. Senior federal Liberal Senator Nick Minchin who has announced his retirement is caught right in the middle of the drama with him addressing the inaugural function of the Liberal Club early next month.
Central to the concerns of the Queensland Liberal rebels is that the merger of the Liberal and National parties was a â€œtakeover not a mergerâ€ and that those identified with the old Liberal party are being victimised by a National party dominated party structure. Some think the disunity could have adverse implications for the party after brilliant results in Queensland in the federal election and a seemingly inevitable Labor defeat at a state level after a disastrous reign of error from Premier Anna Bligh whose only competence seems to centre around preventing her caucus from removing her as party leader.
The aggressive move from Liberal rebels to assert their own identity separately from the LNP has infuriated senior LNP figures with an email going out this afternoon from the LNP state director Michael Oâ€™Dwyer making it clear the party does not support the formation of the â€œLiberal Clubâ€:
From: Info [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:58 PM
Subject: IMPORTANT NOTICE
Dear LNP members
Over recent weeks some of you may have received communication either by email or through the mail from an organisation calling itself The Liberal Club Queensland Inc.
Please let me reinforce that this organisation is neither associated nor affiliated with the LNP in any way, nor is it endorsed by the LNP.
LNP members are advised to take this into consideration should approaches be made by The Liberal Club Queensland Inc.
Let me further add that only authorised material is distributed via the LNP database, and unless that material carries my signature or the authorisation of LNP Headquarters then it should not be treated as proper Party communication.
Michael O’Dwyer | State Director |
PO Box 5156
WEST END QLD 4101
P:Â 07- 3844 0666
F:Â 07- 3844 0388
LNP senior figures are concerned the Liberal Club is using membership databases of the LNP to mail and email their notices and that the Club could be misused by those within the LNP or those recently removed from it to agitate for the re-creation of a separate Liberal party.
VEXNEWS understands that prominent federal Liberals like Senator George Brandis and former Howard minister Mal Brough have been very unhappy about the circumstances of the merger of the Queensland Liberal and National parties and that all three are quietly encouraging those promoting the Liberal Club as a vehicle.
One email obtained by VEXNEWS addresses concerns put about by the LNP hierarchy that the Liberal Club is being pushed as a factional vehicle by colourful former federal Minister Santo Santoro.
Others like Glenn Milne who has curiously ended up writing for the ABCâ€™s website and astonishing us by writing interesting articles that are compulsory reading reckons that:
Former state Liberal president, Bob Carroll and former member for Moreton, Gary Hardgrave, have been instrumental in setting up a Liberal ginger group, The Liberal Club of Queensland, which will have its inaugural meeting on December 6.
Hardgrave was suspended from the LNP for disclosing on 4BC that the state party leader John-Paul Langbroek was being undermined by some in his caucus earlier in the year.
He has clearly decided to make his absence felt with some LNP members worried that he is intent on splitting the party. Most observers think thatâ€™s extremely unlikely.
From: Shane & Desley Moon
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 3:44 PM
To: Shane & Desley Moon
Subject: FW: Invitation to attend a dinner function on the 6 December 2010
Tickets are selling fast and we expect to see a large number ofÂ Fellow Liberals coming along to hear guest speakers from the Federal Liberal Party.
This is a function for Liberals to discuss Liberal views & policies from the Federal Liberal Party.
THERE IS A LOT OF BS BEING SPREAD ABOUT THIS FUNCTION AND THIS IS NOT A SANTO FUNCTION, AGAIN IT IS NOT A SANTO FUNCTION (THE PEOPLE YOU HEAR ANYTHING DIFFERENT FROM ARE ONLY IN THIS FOR THEMSELVES IT IS ALL PBS)Â IT IS A LIBERAL CLUB FUNCTION SET UP PURELYÂ FOR LIBERALS TO SHARE VIEWS,OPINIONS AND TO DISCUSS LIBERAL POLITICS WITH FEDERAL LIBERAL MEMBERS
P.S. I also have a few spots left on my table if you would like to attend please give me a call only $55 PP joining a table of 10.
Dear fellow Liberal
Our nation and our state needs all people of good character and ambition to work together.
Liberal Club (Qld) Inc. has been formed to bring people together. We will provide a vehicle and a venue for good, positive, social and political interaction for people who share broad ideals, principles and ambitions.
Discussion and informed dissent strengthens our democracy. Reflecting on the importance of the inspiration of the wise words of Edmund Burke, the Liberal Club will provide a way for good men and good women to make the contribution our society needs.
Through the Liberal Club, people across the broad Liberal spectrum will be invited to speak and discuss public policy and political responses which our nation and state need right now.
The Liberal Club is not beholden to sectarian or factional interests. It must belong to those of us who join. Liberal Club membership brings with it responsibilities to ignore the dynamics which divided some against others in the past.
What brings us together is far more powerful and far more important than the things or the people which we may occasionally disagree with. We must promise ourselves to always respect the right of others to disagree with us and work openly together.
You are invited to be part of the Liberal Club. Your involvement will bring with it experience and ambitions. As a group of women and men we will make a difference.
The promise is to keep the cost low and give you constant opportunity to maximise your involvement in a social atmosphere.
On 6 December 2010, a dinner function is being organised. The invitation is enclosed.
You can and will make a difference. It is too important to wait on the sidelines any longer.
The Organising Committee
Liberal Club (Qld) Inc.
ABN 14 969 289 466
31 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove QLD 4060 | firstname.lastname@example.org