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AUSTRALIA- Senators Condemn Cory Bernadi Defection From Liberal Party

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3 years ago|4 views
Shortly after Senator Cory Bernadi announced he quit the Liberal Party on February 7, opposition and former allies took turns slamming the former Coalition member. Senator Penny Wong was the first to speak and used Bernadi?s defection to highlight the chaos within the Federal Government. She said Bernadi was a ?symptom? of a deep division that has crippled Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The Attorney-General George Brandis said Bernadi had ?done the wrong thing? and said he betrayed the electorate who voted for him while he was running on a Coalition platform. The sentiment was echoed by both the Greens leader Richard Di Natale and by independent Derryn Hinch, who said his resignation from the LNP would?ve been admirable if he had done it before securing a six-year term as a senator in the July, 2016 elections. The exception to the chamber-wide condemnation was Senator Malcolm Roberts from the far-right One Nation party. Roberts supported Bernadi?s lambasting of the ?political elite?, who he said were out of touch with the Australian people.

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