Politics

Malcolm Turnbull’s Son Wants You To Donate To Labor So That The Liberals Lose Government

Alex Turnbull, son of former PM Malcolm Turnbull, has called on political donors to side with Labor ahead of the crucial Wentworth by-election next month.

This is what the son of the recently ousted PM said:

Wentworth is the seat that Turnbull — Malcolm, that is — was elected to when he entered politics in 2004. The politician amassed a large local following in the seat, which now sits at a comfortable 17 point margin ahead of the by-election.

But some pundits, including the ABC’s election extraordinaire Antony Green, speculate that there could be a massive swing against the Liberals.

The Liberal party are yet to preselect their candidate, but former ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma and City of Sydney councillor (and Tony Abbott’s sister) Christine Forster have both put their hands up to contest the seat. Neither wannabe-candidates are frontrunners to win preselection, though: marriage equality campaigner and businessman Andrew Bragg is considered the favourite.

Labor have announced that they will challenge for the seat, endorsing businessman and Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club president Tim Murray for the Labor ticket.

City of Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas has also put her hand up for the seat, and will run as an independent.

And the younger Turnbull, an investment manager based in Singapore, hasn’t exactly been quiet about who to support. In other tweets, he hit out at LNP policy and called for more climate-aware energy policy — the exact policy that the Liberal party’s conservative faction used to excuse an leadership challenge.

Some wondered whether Turnbull was pitching for a spot in the by-election contest himself, but he quickly shot down that suspicion.

Not running this time, at least.