Our first outing for Australian Conservatives in the Bennelong by-election has been a very positive experience.
Considering there was no such thing as the Australian Conservatives Party this time last year we have achieved a result few others could only ever dream about.
With little notice we had only weeks to select a candidate and pull off a massive campaign effort with hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
Joram Richa was an exemplary candidate who worked tirelessly for the campaign. Always up at day break he would spend 12-16 hours every day at train stations, in shopping malls, door knocking and taking every opportunity to meet voters and listen to their concerns.
We had hundreds of volunteers join the team to hand out tens of thousands of pieces of Australian Conservative literature in less than a month. That is an amazing effort. We covered every gate at every polling booth on the day and the results were very encouraging. All achieved with less than two weeks before Christmas where many of our members had prior commitments.
Up against 12 other candidates, Joram came in at 4th most voted, only behind the two majors and the Greens. The Liberals needed our preferences to get across the line. It is clear we have sent an important message to Canberra. There was a swing against the Liberals close to what we picked up. Voters have had enough of the status quo and are looking for a better way.
In such a short space of time we have put ourselves on the board and we will be taken very seriously in upcoming elections. Well done to all who gave so much - you can be very proud of the result.
Read the rest of Australian Conservatives member Kirralie Smith's comment here.