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PM: we need to ‘reflect aspirations’ to win elections

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The prime minister visited BreastScreen Tasmania on Friday. Photo: AAP
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Malcolm Turnbull says the Liberal party must better reflect voters’ aspirations if it is to win elections.

The prime minister will be in Launceston on Saturday to address the Tasmanian Liberals’ state council meeting.

The Liberals lost three seats to Labor in Tasmania at the July election, with many blaming union campaigners and the activist group GetUp.

However Mr Turnbull says it is broader than that and the party must engage better with communities.

“You’ve got to make sure that your candidates, your representatives, are able to reflect the aspirations and give voice and practical policy outcomes to the aspirations of the people that you seek to serve,” he says.

One resolution on the state council agenda calls for the Australian Electoral Commission to change the colour of the House of Representatives ballot paper from green because it provides “free subliminal advertising for the Greens inside polling booths”.

The paper is green because that is the colour of the lower house chamber in Parliament House, which mirrors the House of Commons in the UK.

Another motion calls for an end to the five cent coin, which the Southern Young Liberals say is becoming irrelevant.

There will also be debate on a motion to abolish the Safe Schools anti-bullying program, which has been criticised by conservatives within the party because of its emphasis on gender and sexual diversity.


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