I did a post a few days after Tony Abbott’s betrayal in an attempt to identify those members of the Liberal Party who had voted for Malcolm Turnbull. The information was hard to come by as the party had reportedly arranged to keep the vote “secret”. If true, an example of arrogance in itself, in that constituents have a right to know if the people they are voting for are Turnbull or Abbott supporters, and this is a factor that would have a significant effect upon further support.
To attempt to hide these names from the voters only increases the degree of shameless skullduggery and betrayal that identifies Turnbull’s gradual journey to the top job.
The full list of Abbott supporters is at the foot of this post. The betrayers are portrayed directly below. There are 54 who voted for Turnbull. This number includes Turnbull himself. Two arrived too late to vote, (Dean Smith and Michael Ronaldson) but indicated they would have voted for Turnbull anyway. So I have included them in the list of the 56 named Turnbull voters.
This list was arrived at through a variety of sources, including the Ray Hadley show, media stories and discussions with Liberal Party members. Commenters on the original post have also contributed information and views.
Any Liberal Party member who considers they have been wrongly categorised can ask for a correction in the comments.
Update 1 10/04/2016- Ian MacDonald claims in the comments section below that he did not vote for Turnbull and supported Abbott. I have to take this at face value and make the correction. However, if Mr. MacDonald’s claim is true, then it means there must also be a person in the pro-Abbot camp wrongly categorised. I have no idea at this stage who this may be. Other sources have put MacDonald in the Turnbull camp. As other commenters have said, this vote should never have been kept secret. Citizens have a right to know how their representatives voted in this matter.
Update 2 11/04/2016- Please see latest post on this issue- “Number 54, who are you?”
Update 3 13/04/2016- In accordance with information published in above post and comment here, Louise Markus has been moved into list of Turnbull voters, replacing Ian MacDonald.
Update 4 27/02/2017- As at this date, only 35 of the Turnbull voters remain in parliament/ senate. The list of those remaining is here.
As at 15/05/16 I have divided the list into Senators and MPs, who have now also been identified by state and electorate. Any MP whose picture has a yellow background has retired and is not standing this election.
Malcolm Turnbull Supporters
Tony Abbott Supporters
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