An interesting snippet from yesterday’s Courier Mail about the latest political polling in Queensland:
While One Nation’s support continues to fall, the Government is facing another threat.
Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives has secured 6 per cent of the primary support – higher than One Nation’s 5.5 per cent at the 2016 federal election.
Cory Bernardi visited Queensland last month and met with supporters at a number of sold out events across the state. But the Australian Conservatives is not yet registered in Queensland and has no official structure or branches yet in place.
As such, it is remarkable that this new party is polling even higher than One Nation did federally at the last election. And given all the talk this week about gay rebel Liberal members crossing the floor to join with Labor and vote in homosexual marriage, one can only imagine that the trend for the Australian Conservatives is upwards.
Especially as this was in the news today too:
The Australian Christian Lobby is threatening to take the unprecedented step of campaigning against a Coalition government, warning Liberal MPs that it could direct members to support minor right-wing parties if a free vote on gay marriage is allowed in parliament.
The warning from the powerful lobby to hold the line on a plebiscite will be issued today with a petition of 55,000 signatures presented to the Senate. The group will amplify pressure on Coalition MPs — already scorched by the Catholic education campaign against the government’s school-funding reforms — by forming an alliance with Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi, who will seek to table an ACL petition.
The ACL’s move to campaign against the Coalition would be a first for the organisation. ACL managing director Lyle Shelton told The Australian that more than 350,000 emails had been sent by Marriage Alliance and ACL supporters to Coalition MPs calling on the government to keep its promise.
The drift of conservatives away from the Liberal Party is turning from a trickle into a flood.