The Liberal Party’s greatest challenge with Trent Zimmerman

Former Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman joins the show to discuss the current direction of the Liberal Party, the demographic challenges the party faces and how it can engage younger voters.

With younger Australians now less likely to become politically conservative as they age, can the Liberal Party connect with this changing electorate? Can the remaining moderate members of the Liberal party room effectively influence its direction and reorient it towards the political centre ground? And will the party’s leadership address the “number one concern” of voters in inner city electorates like North Sydney - climate change? On this episode of Democracy Sausage, leading Liberal moderate and former Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman joins Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga to discuss the party’s direction after the 2022 federal election.

Trent Zimmerman was the federal Liberal Member for North Sydney from 2015 to 2022.

Marija Taflaga is the Director of the ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Lecturer at the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.

Mark Kenny is a Professor at the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the University after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times.

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