Senator Cory Bernardi, who defected from the Liberals and formed his Australian Conservatives party, will wind it up.
Bernardi said that at the election his Australian Conservative party polled “a tiny fraction of the votes” required. He said potential voters returned to supporting the Coalition under Morrison.
Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party has amalgamated with Family First, which shares similar social conservative values.
While minor right-wing parties are advancing specific policy agendas, Australia's major right-of-centre force appears to be grappling with internal divisions about its policy direction.
The issue before the court was whether Bob Day was disqualified from being elected because of Section 44(v) of the Constitution.
The key takeaway from the Bob Day case is that courts interpret the eligibility requirements for election strictly.
The departure of up to two crossbench senators and the uncertainty over who might replace them is giving the government fresh obstacles in their efforts to pass legislation.
Family First senator Bob Day, who has now resigned his Senate seat.
Changes to Senate voting laws and the particular case of Senator Bob Day make for an unprecedented constitutional tangle, and one that will change the make-up of the Senate.
If Bob Day’s election as the twelfth senator from South Australia was invalid it means he is not replaced by a candidate nominated by Family First.
Within hours of Bob Day submitting his Senate resignation on Tuesday, the government announced it would move for the High Court to rule on whether he had been ineligible to sit in the upper house.
Bob Day’s future as a senator is unsure.
Family First Senator Bob Day says a new investor has expressed interest in his home construction business.
Pauline Hanson is a chance to return to federal parliament as a senator for NSW thanks to preference flows. Who are some of the right-wing parties who might help her be elected?
Pauline Hanson’s return to public life and the emergence of right-wing parties such as Katter’s Australian Party and the Rise Up Australia Party has rekindled interest in far-right politics in Australia…