After the Liberal Party's federal electoral loss adding to the terrible arithmetic of coast-to-coast Labor state governments, it would appear that the Liberal Party needed a little bit of a revamp. As I mentioned at the time, Dr Nelson's ascension to the leadership of the federal parliamentary party should give Liberal Party supporters cause for excitement.
That was a great first step. However, that should not and will not be the end of it. The Liberal Party presidency is up for grabs with current president Ms Chris McDiven presiding over devastating and disappointing state electoral losses in several states. She has been tapped on the shoulder and shown the door. Her likely replacement is Alan Stockdale. According to The Australian, Mr Stockdale is a member of the party's Right faction and is expected to:
...bring to the party presidency a strong commitment to the principles of individual liberty and private enterprise, and to tackle factional infighting, which has been particularly destabilising in NSW.
Works well with Dr Nelson's message of economic (and increasingly social) liberty. I've only been a member for about a month or two and am already quite encouraged:
...a senior NSW party source said any opposition to Mr Stockdale had evaporated.