In the wake of its surprise defeat at the election, the Liberal Party has been getting a great deal of advice about what it should do to regain the electoral edge, much from members and supporters of the Party itself. Dame Beryl Beaurepaire said the Party had to return to its roots and once again become the type of party Menzies intended it to be, a liberal not a conservative, right-wing one. It also had to work to regain the women’s support it enjoyed under Menzies, she said. Gerard Henderson said that the Party had to shed its nostalgia for the Land of Hope and Glory and start thinking seriously about republicanism and multi-culturalism. Malcolm Eraser said the Party had to become less ideological.
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