The Liberal Party’s Federal Director, Brian Loughnane, has addressed the National Press Club on the coalition’s election defeat.
Loughnane said it was clear the coalition’s defeat was attributable to longer term strategic issues than short term tactical issues of recent months.
He said: “The swing away from the Government was particularly strong in some outer suburban seats in Sydney and key regional seats, and I believe these concerns with the cost of living and interest rates was an important factor.”
- Listen to Loughnane’s speech (56m)
Text of Brian Loughnane’s Address to the National Press Club.
Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I thank the National Press Club for the opportunity of today’s address as it allows me to discuss our defeat and some of the key issues for the Party over the next three years.
I just wish it were different circumstances which brought me here. But on 24th November, the people of Australia voted clearly to change Government.