Malcolm Turnbull’s son Alex has urged people in the electorate of Wentworth in NSW to not vote for the Liberal Party before the looming by-election.
In a video posted to Facebook on Thursday, Alex blamed the Liberal party for its inaction on climate change, saying it had been taken over by far-right extremists.
Despite labelling himself a “liberal” in his explosive rant, Alex said residents in Wentworth should vote against Liberal Party candidate Dave Sharma, who is contesting the seat against independent Kerryn Phelps and Labor’s Tim Murray in the October 20 by-election.
Alex accused the Liberal Party of pursuing a “crazy agenda”, saying it was seemingly disinterested in serving the general public.
“We’re going to have an election within 12 months anyway, so if you want to send a signal as to which way the Liberal Party is going, and your displeasure with where it’s going, then this is your opportunity,” he said.
“Don’t vote for the Liberal Party in the Wentworth by-election.
“If you want to pull the Liberal Party back from the brink it’s the one clear signal you can send.”
I recorded this message for the people of Wentworth. We need to send a message on climate change. This time, don’t give the Liberals your vote.
Posted by Alex Turnbull on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Mr Turnbull did not agree with his son’s stance on the by-election.
“I disagree with Alex. His father disagrees with him too,” Mr Morrison told the ABC on Friday.
“His father Malcolm Turnbull is heavily supporting Dave Sharma, the only Liberal candidate running for Wentworth.”
Mr Morrison says the former prime minister has recently been silent on the issue as he has bowed out of public life.
Defence Minister Christopher Pyne says Alex is campaigning for instability, as the Coalition will lose its one seat majority in the House of Representatives if defeated in Wentworth.
“I know Alex, he’s a great bloke, but unfortunately on this occasion he has chosen to campaign against the Liberal party,” Mr Pyne told Channel Nine on Friday.
“Which means a campaign for instability and we don’t need instability right now, we need stability.”
Mr Turnbull resigned from his seat after losing the Liberal leadership at the end of August, sparking the by-election.