Bill Shorten's elation at the weekend's by-election results may be misplaced, even though Labor retained all four seats it previously held. Less than 60% of voters put the major parties as their first preference - across the five by-elections, 40.56% gave their primary vote to minor parties or independents. This evidence builds on recent voting trends showing the dominance of the major parties in Australia is slipping. Support for a credible, principled alternative in the form of the Conservative Party is the only common sense alternative.
The ABC reports the high primary vote for minor parties and independents are all manifestations of the strength of the protest vote against the legacy major parties.
People are angry about their own circumstances and about the politicians; they're distrustful and alienated.
While the weekend's 'Super Saturday' by-elections did not change the numbers in the House of Representatives - or in the Coalition party room - it has undermined the Prime Minister's authority.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told the Triple M radio network, Mr Turnbull's party enemies and critics will be encouraged in their attacks especially over issues the Conservative party is deeply concerned about, such as lowering power prices and immigration rates.
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