Malcolm Turnbull's son solicits donations for Labor candidate in Wentworth byelection
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Malcolm Turnbull's son solicits donations for Labor candidate in Wentworth byelection

Malcolm Turnbull's son Alex is soliciting donations for Labor ahead of a byelection in his father's former seat of Wentworth, telling followers it is the "best bang for the buck you'll get in political donations in your life".

Alex Turnbull, a Singapore-based fund manager, promised to "say what I think a bit more" following his father's ousting as Prime Minister in last week's Liberal Party coup, in which he was replaced by former treasurer Scott Morrison.

In a wide-ranging interview with Fairfax Media this week, he said it was "impossible" to vote for the Coalition "in good conscience" because of its climate change stance, and accused the Liberal Party of being hijacked by the coal industry.

Alex Turnbull (left) with wife Yvonne, daughter Isla and parents Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull.

Alex Turnbull (left) with wife Yvonne, daughter Isla and parents Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull.

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On Saturday, he plugged his friend Tim Murray, the Labor candidate for his father's former seat of Wentworth in Sydney's eastern suburbs, directing his followers to Mr Murray's donations page.

"Best bang for the buck you'll get in political donations in your life," the younger Turnbull tweeted. "Tight race, tight margin for government, big incremental effect whatever happens. If you want a federal election now this is the means by which to achieve it."

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Mr Turnbull and Mr Murray are friends from the investment world. Mr Murray is the co-founder of investment research firm J Capital, spent nearly two deades working in China and speaks Mandarin.

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"He’s a great guy and I know him well," Mr Turnbull said of Mr Murray earlier this week. "[It's] hard to back a Labor guy, but not Tim."

On Saturday, Mr Turnbull declined to answer questions about whether he intended to donate to Mr Murray's campaign, whether he would join the Labor Party or whether he had discussed the matter with his father.

"My motivations are clean government and sane energy policy and that's it," he told Fairfax Media.

The senior Turnbull formally quit Parliament on Friday and is reportedly due to fly to New York on Sunday and will not be in the country for the byelection campaign. A date for the byelection has not been confirmed.

The Liberal Party has not yet endorsed a candidate, but the leading contenders are Dave Sharma, former ambassador to Israel, and Andrew Bragg, who was previously the Liberal Party's acting federal director and ran the "Libs and Nats for Yes" campaign for same-sex marriage.

Other interested parties include City of Sydney councillor Christine Forster, who is also former prime minister Tony Abbott's sister, and James Brown, president of the NSW division of the RSL, who is Malcolm Turnbull's son-in-law.

Michael Koziol is the immigration and legal affairs reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in Parliament House