Cory Bernardi and Ged Kearney may never see eye-to-eye on anything ever again.
But on the matter of the Greens, the Australian Conservatives founder and Labor’s incoming member for Batman were as one. “The goal was to prevent another Greens member of parliament and, to that extent, it was mission accomplished,” Senator Bernardi told The Australian newspaper.
His party’s candidate, Kevin Bailey, took third place in the weekend’s Batman by-election, with 6.37 per cent of the vote, or 5223 first-preference ballots.
Senator Bernardi believes at least 90 per cent of Australian Conservatives’ preferences went to Labor: “The lesser of two evils.”
It is likely Senator Bernardi’s party helped Ms Kearney get across the line.
The Australian Conservatives’ best results were from the electorate’s working-class north, where the Liberal Party also does relatively well in general elections.
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