A powerful emerging Senate bloc could prove pivotal until the next election

June 12, 2018

The Conservative Party is part of a powerful new bloc forming in the Senate — one that has the potential to be a make-or-break force for government legislation.

The ABC reports in the ruins of One Nation's latest falling out, Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi and three other conservative-leaning senators are set to band together.

The group already includes Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm, Katter's Australian Party senator Fraser Anning and Conservative senator Cory Bernardi.

And Senator Leyonhjelm told the ABC he was confident former Pauline Hanson loyalist Brian Burston would also join the loose alliance.

Senator Bernardi argued there was stability for Senator Burston post One Nation if he decided to leave or was expelled from the party.

"He will be strengthened by cooperating with us and we will be strengthened by having his input as well," Senator Bernardi said.

Assuming the loose alliance sticks, the Coalition could lock in half of the crossbenchers it needs — if Labor and the Greens do not support its bills.

"It gives us the ability to shape legislative outcomes and it's easier for the Government, quite frankly, to deal with a group of people who are trying to pull in the same direction," Senator Bernardi said.

Senator Bernardi spoke with 2GB’s Chris Smith about how the voting bloc started out.

Picture: Senators David Leyonhjelm, Fraser Anning and Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi

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