Published: Wed, February 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Senator Bernardi confirms he will quit Libs today

Senator Bernardi confirms he will quit Libs today

"The party that comes out in Australia with that message and sells it convincingly will win a stack of votes - that's why One Nation is so popular, I'm talking to them about policy daily and they're getting thousands of members".

'Through that time my views and the values and principles I have upheld have not changed at all'.

Bernardi, who is indeed an outspoken supporter of Trump, has always been one of the Liberal Party's more conservative figures.

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett has unloaded on South Australian senator Cory Bernardi, who this morning quit the Liberals to set up his own conservative party.

The political class was out of touch he said.

THE continuing rise of fringe politics in Australia and across the world and has left the Liberal and Labor parties fighting for a diminishing middle ground.

He added: "The level of public disenchantment with the major parties, the lack of confidence in our political process and the concern about the direction of our nation is very, very strong".

Tom Elliott has slammed Cory Bernardi as a "traitor".

"I recognise that our base had turned away from us".

George Brandis said Bernardi was "breaking faith" with voters, the party and its values.

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Family First state leader Dennis Hood told InDaily Day had quit that party's executive and he understood he had also handed in his membership, but he believed there was unlikely to be a formal arrangement between the former senator and Bernardi.

Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said Senator Bernardi had spent his whole career causing internal trouble and "had never laid a glove on the Labor Party".

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said volunteers who worked for Senator Bernardi during the election campaign should be upset with his decision to leave the party.

Rightly or wrongly, the current, quite moderate Prime Minister is seen as being beholden to the conservative right elements of his party.

NFF CEO Tony Mahar said it was an "interesting time" for politics in Canberra.

Mr Bernardi has warned the government not to count on his vote, even for coalition policies the renegade Liberal senator backed at a federal election seven months ago.

"He was elected as a Liberal Party senator and owes his colleagues an explanation".

"Breaking faith with the electorate, breaking faith with the people who voted for you, breaking faith with the people who have supported you through thick and thin for years, is not a conservative thing to do", he said.

"We look forward to making sure that we can first of all understand (Senator Bernardi) and what he's about and that he understands us".

Opposition Senate Leader Penny Wong said the "extraordinary" resignation is a symptom of a bitterly divided government.

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