Federal political leaders attend an ecumenical church service to mark the start of the parliamentary year in February.
Christianity plays a relatively minor role in Australian politics. Instead, it takes the guise of a general cultural conservatism, as demonstrated by the same-sex marriage and school funding debates.
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.
A day after moving to the crossbench, Cory Bernardi is feeling the heat. The media, former Liberal colleagues and South Australian voters all have a view on his defection.
Cory Bernardi speaks to the media after announcing he had quit the Liberal Party.
While there is no constitutional basis for the former Liberal senator to resign from the chamber, there is a compelling ethical case for him to do so.
Cory Bernardi rejected allegations that he had betrayed the South Australians who had supported him as a Liberal at the election.
Cory Bernardi says he aims to provide the many disillusioned conservative voters with 'a principled, credible and stable alternative in which they can vest their vote'.
Cory Bernardi leaves the Senate after quitting the Liberal Party.
Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives joins a crowded field battling for the relatively small right-of-centre vote.
Cory Bernardi’s departure to the crossbench is not a surprise.
When maverick Liberal National Party backbencher George Christensen opens his mouth it’s usually bad news for the government. But on Monday, his comments were a relief to it. Christensen said he would…