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Conservative Right Liberal Party of Australia

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Conservative Right
IdeologyLiberal conservatism
Conservative liberalism
Social conservatism
Political positionCentre-right
National affiliationLiberal Party
Colours     Blue

The Conservative Right is the informal conservative faction of the Liberal Party of Australia. The conservative grouping tends to be more socially conservative and fiscally conservative than the Moderate Left faction. The Conservative Right is a broad group of various liberal conservative-leaning parliamentarians, from the centre-right "soft right", to the more conservative "hard right".[1]

Political views[edit]

Members of the Conservative Right grouping are mostly united over a number of social issues, taking opposite positions to their colleagues in the more dominant left of the party. The issues of same-sex marriage in Australia, an Australian republic (most support remain of current Constitutional monarchy in Australia), carbon emissions reduction, climate change and public education funding are the main divisive issues between the liberal and conservative factions of the party, with the Conservative Right taking status quo positions in these areas.[2] In April 2018, some members of the Conservative Right formed a "ginger group" called the Monash Forum (named after General Sir John Monash) alongside a number of National MPsto advocate for socialised coal fired power. [3].

Members of the conservative right faction were also largely supportive of the leadership of Tony Abbott, who lost the 2015 leadership spill to current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, of the moderate left.[4] However a small number of members of the soft right of the faction were pivotal in the election of Turnbull.

The Conservative Right has had many former prime ministers such as John Howard and Tony Abbott.

At the state level, factions are most notable in the New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian divisions of the party. In New South Wales the soft right of the party is aligned with the moderate left in opposing extreme reform for the preselection of candidates [5].

Federal Members of the Conservative Right [6][edit]

Name Position
Tony Abbott Member for Warringah Former Prime Minister of Australia
Craig Kelly Member for Hughes
Kevin Andrews Member for Menzies
Peter Dutton Member for Dickson Minister for Home Affairs
Andrew Hastie Member for Canning
Christian Porter Member for Pearce Attorney-General
Angus Taylor Member for Hume Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity
Michael Sukkar Member for Deakin
Nicolle Flint Member for Boothby
Ian Goodenough Member for Moore
Tony Pasin Member for Barker
Rick Wilson Member for O'Connor
Eric Abetz Senator for Tasmania
Mathias Cormann Senator for Western Australia Minister for Finance and Leader of the Government in the Senate
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Senator for New South Wales Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Zed Seselja Senator for Australian Capital Territory
Michaelia Cash Senator for Western Australia Minister for Jobs and Innovation
Jonathon Duniam Senator for Tasmania
Jim Molan Senator for New South Wales
David Fawcett Senator for South Australia

See also[edit]

  • Liberal Party of Australia
  • Liberal National Party of Queensland
  • List of Conservative Right Liberals


  1. "Divided on the right – the Liberal Party's conservative factions can't agree". 30 June 2017.
  2. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/republic-tony-abbott-backs-nextgeneration-monarchy-to-reign/news-story/ea25dda77b90b1f9a38eb3588e5c55ac
  3. "Coalition backbenchers lobby for coal under new forum". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  4. "Leadership spill: how MPs voted". 14 September 2015.
  5. "NSW Liberals endorse Tony Abbott-backed reforms for more power to be given to grassroot members". www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  6. "Battle between Liberal Party's Moderate and Right factions is as compelling as any fiction". www.dailytelegraph.com.au. News Corp. Retrieved 2018-04-09.

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