Former Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman discusses the demographic challenges the Liberal 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 is a former federal Liberal Member for North Sydney.

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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