An interesting story in the The Advertiser today about the plight of the Liberals since the defection of Martin Hamilton-Smith.
According to the authoritative 'Tiser, the Libs have 2 options.
1) Use a broom and sweep out some of the deadwood and have a super Saturday with say 6 by-elections in safe seats or
2) Reshuffle the front bench dumping many and replace them with the rookie MPs.
It was suggested that the defection is in fact revitalising the party.
An under-statement. They simply have to do something.
I believe that radical action is required to give the Liberal party drive and focus on policy development. There is no overnight quick fix - it will take years.
My preference is for a Government (Labor or Liberal) with numerous independents to help balance the influence of party politics. Ideally a Government would be richer if there were more independents. There would be be no more party factional bickering.
My forecast is that it will take a few months for anger over Hamilton-Smith to subside. The public will start to acknowledge the stability of the new look (slightly more conservative) Government. The Liberals would be unwise to continue their attacks on Hamilton-Smith. They need to urgently perform party surgery.
A further forecast ... there won't be a super Saturday. Perhaps 2 by-elections, but nothing like that envisaged by the 'Tiser.