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Why the Canberra Libs maintain an oblique mystique

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30.11.2019

It is a sobering reminder of my awesome responsibilities as an opinion-forming columnist with a teeming readership that I seem to have triggered leadership turmoil among the Canberra Liberals.

A recent column making mild mention of my doubts about Liberal leader Alistair Coe had only just been published when, only days later, The Canberra Times began to report and continues to report Liberal discontent with the boyish Coe. Even today (it is a Thursday as I handcraft this column) ABC radio news has just run another Liberals-in-turmoil item.

Now it is widely reported that the agonising Liberals doubt that they can win the next ACT election with Coe as leader. There are said to be moves to replace him, as leader, with someone less chronically conservative, with someone more charismatic and electable.

Kate Carnell would do anything to oblige the media. Picture: Richard Briggs

I will never vote Liberal and would not normally care any more about who leads a Liberal team than I care about which alpha brute leads a troop of baboons.

But in this case, as well as being alarmed that my shy writings have the power to shake the tectonic plates of ACT public life and perhaps to decide who our Chief Minister will be after we have voted on October 17 next year, I am unusually intrigued by Alistair Coe's eerie anonymity.

Here he is, potentially the chief........

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