Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull‘s son has gloated about the Liberal Party losing his father’s old seat of Wentworth with a massive swing.
Alex Turnbull expressed his delight to 16,000 Twitter followers after it appeared independent Dr Kerryn Phelps had beaten the Liberal Party in one of its safest electorates, depriving the government of a majority.
The Singapore-based investment banker took credit for the government suffering a 19 per cent swing against it in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, after making a Facebook video calling on Wentworth voters to punish the Liberal Party.
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Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s son (pictured second right) has gloated about the Liberal Party losing his father’s old seat of Wentworth with a massive swing
Alex Turnbull expressed his delight to 16,000 Twitter followers after it appeared independent Dr Kerryn Phelps had beaten the Liberal Party in one of its safest electorates
‘My work here is done. Back to the dumpster fire of Asian capital markets,’ he tweeted on Sunday.
Alex Turnbull, a 36-year-old father-of-two, had earlier endorsed Labor candidate Tim Murray ahead of Saturday’s Wentworth contest.
When early returns showed a strong swing towards Dr Phelps, the former prime minister’s son quickly congratulated the former Australian Medical Association president and City of Sydney councillor.
‘Incredible result and proud of the people of Wentworth,’ he said on Saturday night.
The Singapore-based investment banker (far right) took credit for the government suffering a 19 per cent swing against it in Sydney’s eastern suburbs
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s son let his feelings known about the election result
‘A heart congratulations to Dr Kerryn Phelps who fought a great campaign.
‘A great day for Australian democracy.’
Just days before the poll, Alex Turnbull had told ABC youth station Triple-J’s Hack program that his father’s bitter leadership rival Tony Abbott was among one of the ‘craziest’ Liberal MPs in Parliament.
He also savaged Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who in August damaged Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership by launching two leadership challenges within three days.
Alex Turnbull’s repudiation of conservative factional warriors in the party occurred as his father, Malcolm Turnbull, repeatedly declined to endorse the Liberal’s Wentworth by-election candidate Dave Sharma with a tweet or a recorded robocall.
The Liberal Party’s primary vote plummeted by 19 per cent at the by-election, just two years after Malcolm Turnbull had won 62 per cent of first-preference votes in Wentworth.
Dr Phelps looks set to win the former prime minister’s old seat with a 51 to 49 per cent margin, after preferences.
Wentworth, Australia’s wealthiest electorate, had previously been held by Australia’s major conservative party since it was created in 1901.
Alex Turnbull hinted his father could make a political comeback, by comparing him to Hollywood star turned California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
The destabilisation of Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership, which sparked his resignation from Parliament, has hurt the Coalition government’s popularity across Australia.
An analysis of Newspoll results, by The Australian, found the Liberal and National parties would lose 25 seats if an election were held now, giving Labor a landslide victory in the House of Representatives.
Such a scenario would see Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with the biggest majority since John Howard’s Coalition defeated then Labor prime minister Paul Keating at the 1996 election.
The Coalition is particularly vulnerable in Western Australia and Queensland, where it faces swings against it of 8.7 per cent and 8.1 per cent.
Alex Turnbull was quick congratulate Dr Kerryn Phelps after she secured big swings against the Liberal Party
Such a result would see kicked out of Parliament Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Attorney-General Christian Porter, Immigration Minister David Coleman and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt.
With the government on the ropes politically, Alex Turnbull hinted his father could make a political comeback, by comparing him to Hollywood star turned California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He tweeted an image of the Austrian-born actor in Terminator with the meme, ‘I’ll be back’ – along with an attack on former PM Tony Abbott’s view that climate change science was ‘c***’.