Jim is uniquely valuable to national security, but the Coalition has dumped him

None of Senator Molan's experience in the real world counted when the factions were doing the counting.

30.4.2019

Jim Molan is uniquely valuable to national security, but the Coalition has dumped him, writes Peter Hartcher auspol

None of Senator Molan's experience in the real world counted when the factions were doing the counting.

If you are the Liberal Party in NSW, you follow plan B and force him out. Jim Molan is a sitting Liberal senator. When he was a serving officer in the Australian Army, the US had such confidence in him that they put him in operational control of 300,000 troops. Of those, half were American soldiers, the rest coalition forces, including Australia's. Not on a parade ground, in a war. The US and Australian governments decorated him for his performance.

And Molan hasn't only proved effective with big-picture strategy. He has proved himself in the most delicate of military diplomacy. For instance, he was sent to organise the evacuation of 150 UN personnel from East Timor amidst the bloodshed unleashed after that Indonesian province voted for independence in 1999. Marauding militia gangs had murdered in cold blood seven nuns, a priest and a driver the night before in the town of Baucau and the UN decided it needed to get its people out urgently. Molan, in Australian military uniform and armed only with radios, stood alone on an airstrip at Baucau coordinating the evacuation by Australian Air Force Hercules and choppers. The militia were in control of the airport, armed and present.

But if he misses out on re-election, couldn't the Coalition find another expert strategist to help them devise policy, either in government or opposition? There is no one even close. If the outgoing Defence Minister, Christopher Pyne, or the current Foreign Affairs Minister and former Defence Minister Marise Payne had any interest in strategy they might have devised one already. They have not. Australia has no current national security strategy.

There are no other Molans on hand. He says he's "putting my faith in democracy". That's his other cause. He has been leading the campaign inside the Liberal Party for internal democracy, for the members to choose the party's candidates, not the faction chiefs.

Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald

He’s got my first vote below the line! PeterHartcherAO JimMolan Australian fuel security review ignores peak oil in China 2015 All this experience and he calls the Greens evil? Really about to give up reading the SMH. My family seriously considering ending our subscription. Please stop publishing 💩 about Australia needing RWNJs in our parliaments.

Unfortunately being pro marriage equality and pro republic disqualifies one from preselection for the Libs. So much for the broad church. Surely not PH? He is no Monash. Self serving member of broad church. Just loves the Citadel seat. That simple. National security like keeping us safe from all Iraq’s oil...I mean WMDs

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Liberal senator Jim Molan tells voters to ignore party's voting instructionsSenator Jim Molan is encouraging voters to ignore the Liberal Party's voting instructions in a desperate bid to save his seat after being relegated to an unwinnable position on the Liberal Senate ticket No thank you. Hes a horrible person. At pre-polling today, Jim Molan, I DID ignore the LNP's voting instructions. Not in a way you'd like, but they were DEFINITELY ignored ... !

Social media platforms are no place to conduct work disputesSettling disputes or grievances on social media should be a last resort, write Jim Bright. Definitely

Social media platforms are no place to conduct work disputesSettling disputes or grievances on social media should be a last resort, write Jim Bright. Yeah! Just let us nobody’s argue with each other . Thanx😘 That's a fuckin awful idea.

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Greens candidate filmed smashing Scott Morrison pinataA Greens candidate has refused to apologise after vision emerged of him smashing a likeness of Scott Morrison’s head with a bat. Disgusting virgotweet Comapred to LNP senate candidate who doean't believe in early childhood and wants a flat 12% tax rate? What I love the most is that .newscorpaus haven't realised that people under 60 are not listening to newscorpse anymore. Goodbye. auspol Awesome! Where can I get one?

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The Sri Lankan attacks are uniquely senselessThe Sri Lankan case is different because it imports foreign ideology even to the extent of picking a target that makes no local sense at all. Thanks Waleed, it was important that you condemned these attacks as well. I agree, all of these terrorist attacks are senseless. It does not mighty if they are against Christians or Muslims or any religion or race they are senseless. Thus by extension Islam is uniquely senseless as history shows violent terrorism attacks are the long used and preferred tactic of choice of this anachronistic ideology! Didn’t these people attended university in Australia?

Factions a problem within NSW: Jim Molan | Sky News AustraliaFULL INTERVIEW: Senator Jim Molan says his relegation to an unwinnable position on the NSW Coalition senate ticket is a 'symptom' of what is wrong within the Liberal Party.\n\nSenator Molan is almost certainly not going to be re-elected after he was placed fourth on the NSW Coalition senate ticket, behind Liberals Hollie Hughes and Andrew Bragg and a Nationals candidate.\n\nSpeaking with the Sky News Outsiders program, Senator Molan says the party will struggle to maintain credibility with voters if factional bosses 'have more say' than rank-and-file Liberal Party members.\n\nThe NSW Senator vowed to use 'all options available' to stay in parliament, short of leaving the Liberal Party. JimMolan We will vote LNP out like your own party did to you Jim! JimMolan Even the liberal party does not want Jim Molan why the fuck would we JimMolan You're cooked gramps I can't wait

Coalition's $100 million local community initiatives pledge - 2600 | Sky News AustraliaPrime Minister ScottMorrisonMP's election campaign continues in Darwin where today's focus will be on a $100 million pledge to fund local community initiatives. 2600SkyNews

Coalition vows $10 million top-up for North Sydney Olympic Pool revampNorth Sydney Council has warned the ageing harbourside pool faces closure unless it gets $60 million worth of upgrades. MeganGorrey What is with the LNP and water. Just run a hose in the pool from next door and it will cost about $120 for the water and $30 bucks for the hose. caymancosts MeganGorrey $60 million my arse MeganGorrey Why

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