Conservative Right Liberal Party of Australia
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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".
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. 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. .
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. However a small number of members of the soft right of the faction were pivotal in the election of Turnbull.
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 .
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