Senator Cory Bernardi announced this week that he will be winding up his party, the Australian Conservatives, following a lacklustre vote at the 2019 federal election.
Leigh Sullivan speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
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.
Labor leader Jay Weatherill concedes defeat as South Australians opt to toss the party out after 16 years.
While Labor lost in South Australia it was far from a disaster, and new Liberal premier Steven Marshall will need to move quickly to ensure he does not test voters’ patience.
The outcome of the three-horse race between Jay Weatherill’s Labor, Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best and Steven Marshall’s Liberals is uncertain.
Much is in play for South Australia in this weekend’s state election – politically and economically.
Tim Rogers at the 2016 ARIA Awards.
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Tim Rogers has threatened to take legal action after one of his songs was included in Cory Bernardi’s conservative Australia Day playlist. Rogers’s case rests on obscure legal provisions known as moral rights.
Politics Podcast: Tiernan Brady and Cory Bernardi reflect on the marriage postal ballot.
Equality Campaign executive director Tiernan Brady and Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi reflect on the marriage postal ballot campaign.
This pamphlet, authorised by the Australian Conservatives, was received in a letter box in a Victorian suburb in September.
‘Vote No’ campaign material distributed by the Australian Conservatives claims that if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Safe Schools program will be ‘mandatory in schools’. We looked at the facts.
Tony Abbott is showing no sign of backing off his continual challenges to the government in his public commentary.
Even if Malcolm Turnbull brought Tony Abbott into cabinet, which he won’t, it would likely eventually end in tears.
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…