Former PM tells Liberal party council there’s a clear mood change among people because of Shorten’s ‘very leftwing agenda’

The former prime minister John Howard says he senses “a clear mood change in the community”, with people turning back towards the Turnbull government, but pulling off a victory over Labor at the coming byelections would be “something approaching a political earthquake”.

Howard continued the theme of unity that has flowed through Liberal party leadership speeches at its 60th national council – which also voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to privatise the ABC as conservative anger at the public broadcaster continues to be a political flashpoint.

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