‘A liberal leading the Liberals: can Turnbull manage the ultra-conservatives?‘ The Conversation, 24 February 2016
Comments on the government decision to inquire into Safe Schools, an education program supporting gender-diverse children. Conservatives have claimed the program leads to bullying of children. The article examines ultra-conservatism in Australian politics and its differences with small-l liberalism.
Turnbull immediately turned the tide [of public support after becoming prime minister] by speaking for a broader liberal constituency. Now, to avoid provoking an ultra-conservative insurgency within the Liberal Party, he is back-peddling on the policies that would deliver on his promise. Whether a liberal can manage all the forces within his party will be one of the greatest tests for Turnbull as prime minister.