The Liberal Party in Victoria is facing a factional divide as the dominant faction, which is considered centrist, is aligning with neo-Marxists instead of supporting conservative values. This faction aims to cater to the Left-dominated, globalist culture of Victoria in order to gain acceptance from the media, big business, and academia. However, this approach is leading to a disconnection with the conservative-leaning traditional Liberal Party middle class and their National Party allies from regional areas.
One example of this divide is the case of Moira Deeming, a conservative Christian who has been expelled from the Parliamentary Liberal Party and now represents her electorate as an independent liberal. Deeming’s supporters have organized Liberty Forums dedicated to restoring liberal values and have invited conservative speakers to address the attendees. However, Ivan Stratov, a forum participant and member of the Liberal Party, has been expelled for allegedly recruiting religious conservatives. Nigel Kibel, a long-time party member and supporter of Deeming, argues that the forum is made up of people who simply believe the party is heading in the wrong direction and is not overly religious.
The upcoming state conference of the Liberal Party in Victoria is expected to be contentious, with Caroline Inge, the party’s Federal Vice-President, seeking the Victorian presidency to steer the party towards winning government in the state once again. Inge’s leadership is expected to bring changes, including no longer funding legal fees for party members like John Pesutto, who supports the centrist faction.
One incident that exposed the divide within the party was Deeming’s participation in a feminist-supported rally called Let Women Speak. The rally aimed to highlight concerns about the “transgender invasions of women’s spaces,” and was attended by both pro-trans and anti-trans groups. The presence of anti-trans “Nazis” at the rally was used by supporters of the centrist faction to smear Deeming and the rally’s organizer, Kelly-Jay Keen-Minshull, as Nazi sympathizers. Pesutto, the Victorian Liberal Party leader, demanded that Deeming apologize for attending the rally, further escalating the controversy.
The divide between the conservative and centrist factions within the Victorian Liberal Party reflects a larger ideological struggle concerning the transgender rights movement. The centrist faction, including Pesutto, supports the movement, while the conservative faction sees it as a manifestation of cultural Marxism that aims to dismantle traditional Christian values and society. Deeming and other conservatives within the party are actively fighting against what they perceive as a threat to the fabric of Western society and culture.
The way in which Pesutto and his centrist allies handled the situation, capitulating to the demands of media and engaging in politically correct language, has only perpetuated the divide within the party. They seem oblivious to the fact that the transgender movement is backed by well-funded global organizations pushing a cultural Marxist agenda. Deeming and others within the party understand the larger implications of this movement and are taking a firm stand against it.
The upcoming state conference of the Liberal Party in Victoria will likely be a battleground between the conservative and centrist factions. It will determine the direction the party takes in terms of policies and leadership. With the rise of populism and the growing discontent with globalist influences, it remains to be seen how the party will navigate these challenges and whether it can regain the support of the traditional Liberal Party middle class and its National Party allies.