Fraser Anning’s sacking from Katter's Australian party today - due to his calls for a European-only immigration program to Australia - highlights the persistent inconsistency of populist personality parties on the cross bench.
Conservative Party Queensland Senate Candidate Lyle Shelton said many people were shocked to see Senator Anning sacked because he had been backed “1000 per cent” for months by party leader Bob Katter.
“It’s not clear what changed,” Mr Shelton said, “One day Mr Katter is backing him, the next he is sacking him.”
“Thinking conservatives were shocked by his original call for a race-based Europeans-only immigration program and then shocked by Katter’s backing of him through the furore it caused. To sack him today for the thing for which he had been rewarded for months further underscores how unstable and opportunistic populist parties are,” he continued.
“Conservatives obviously want an immigration program that favours those who love our country and share its values. Those characteristics have nothing and should never have anything to do with skin colour,” Mr Shelton said.
“The Conservative party does not have big hats, bright hair or yellow billboards. But we do have principles and conviction that we will stick by if elected to the Senate,” Mr Shelton said.
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