Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party is set for its first electoral battle in the seat of Bennelong, as reported by Miranda Devine:
CORY Bernardi will announce this afternoon his Australian Conservatives candidate for the by-election in Bennelong. He is 25-year-old Hunters Hill local Maronite Catholic Joram Richa.
Richa’s brother, Chechade Richa, is the face of the faith-based Verum Media, which played a prominent role galvanising No-voters in the same-sex marriage debate.
This will be interesting.
Bennelong is one of the few seats in this nation that recorded a majority ‘No’ vote in the marriage survey. Yet both major party candidates support the redefinition of marriage, while Shorten and Turnbull have also backtracked on the need for religious freedom protections.
And since the survey results were published a number of vitriolic attacks and insults aimed at Western Sydney’s Christian population have caused outrage, leading to an unprecedented expression of public faith:
Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives will be well placed to represent a large section of the electorate that has now been abandoned at the very same time that it has been mobilised for a political fight.
A vote of over 10% would send shock waves through the current political system, especially with the implications it would hold for the Senate. It would also indicate that ‘No’ voting Australians are prepared to take this fight further.
I wish Joram Richa all the best.