In light of the defection of Julian McGauran, Democrat senator Andrew
Bartlett has written to Crikey requesting that we compile a list of
politicians who quit their party mid-term. What a good idea. Andrew Bolt had an interesting column on this subject yesterday and here are 12
names to kick if off:

Gordon Ashley: former Liberal MP in Bayswater who will run as an independent this year
John Bradford: former Liberal MHR who stayed in Parliament as a member of
Fred’s CDP before losing
Mal Colston: from Labor senator to disgraced independent
John Devereux: ALP Senator from Tasmania who became an independent
Alan Rocher: dumped by the WA Liberals but then ran as an independent and later appointed consul-general in LA by John Howard
Kris Hanna:
South Australian Labor MP who defected to the Greens
Bob Katter: finally quit the National Party in 2000 and has twice won Kennedy as an independent
Cheryl Kernot: lured to Labor from the Democrats in 1997 by her then lover Gareth Evans
Meg Lees:
quit the Democrats to form the Progressive Alliance after being dumped as leader
Julian McGauran: former Liberal member who rejoined the party this year after 20 years with the Nationals
Shane Murphy: Tasmanian pro-logging Labor Senator who became an independent
Janet Powell: the third leader of the Australian Democrats defected to the Greens in 2004

We’re going to try to have detailed explanations for each
defection so send your contributions, additions and corrections to
[email protected]