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Alex Turnbull puts his money where his non-Liberal mouth is

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04.05.2019

Malcolm Turnbull’s son Alex, who “went rogue” on twitter shortly after the political coup that took down his father, and has continued since – mostly criticising hard-right Liberal politics – was particularly engaged last week.

The issue has been whether, as reported, he has or has not donated money to independents Zali Steggall and Kerryn Phelps. Alex Turnbull denied that he had donated a cent to either, but makes no bones about where his political sympathies lie – and they are not with the right wing of the Libs.

Malcolm and Alex Turnbull.Credit:AAP

When I asked him what his hope was for this election, he said: “My hope is for a Labor minority government with moderate independents holding the balance. And I’d like [Gosford rector] Father Rod Bower and [ACT independent candidate] Anthony Pesec to get seats in the Senate.”

How much have you donated in this election? “Six figures.”

Late last year, when I was chatting to John Laws on 2SM while doing the book publicity rounds, the subject of his famed enemy and ancient rival Bob Rogers came up. Laws was frank enough to acknowledge he couldn’t remember what they had originally fallen out over, only that they hadn’t broken bread together for something like five decades. When I suggested I organise to take the two of them to lunch, he said sure, and I promised to do it. Last Monday, however, while back on the book round – The Catalpa Rescue, thanks for asking – when I said I really would get on to it shortly, he said they did it without me. Yup, just before Easter, Laws, 83, and Rogers, 92, had lunch with their mutual old friends Brian Henderson, 87, Col Joye, 82, and that crazy kid John Singleton, just 77 years old. It took place at the Star Casino, in the Century restaurant just near Laws’ Pyrmont........

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