Julian McGauran is certainly not alone with his mid-term defection from
the Nationals to the Liberal Party. After yesterday’s 12 names, here
are another 10 examples and keep them coming to [email protected]:

Brian Austin:
defected from Liberal to National after the
1986 Queensland election, allowing Sir Joh to form majority

Don Chipp: was a Minister in the McMahon years before he joined the
Liberals as a grumpy backbencher in March 1977 and successfully ran for
the Democrats in the Senate later that year.

Paul Filing: federal MP for Moore 1990-98; lost Liberal preselection
in 1995 but ran and won as an independent in 1996.

Steele Hall: from the Liberal and Country League, the forerunner of the Australian Democrats, and then back to the Liberal Party.

George Hannan:
senator for Victoria 1956-65 and 1970-74; resigned from
Liberal Party in 1974 after losing preselection and ran unsuccessfully
for his own front group, the National Liberal Party.

Billy Hughes
: the World War I PM who led some Labor defectors out of
the party over the conscription issue and became PM leading a government of conservatives
and defectors. He remained on the conservative side for the remainder of
his 50 years in parliament, although he defected at least a further time
as various conservative parties formed and collapsed. He was there at the
birth of the Liberal Party in the 1940s.

Don Lane:
defected from Liberal to National after the
1986 Queensland election, allowing Sir Joh to form majority

Neil McInnes:
state MP for Gippsland South (Vic); defected from
National Party to Liberals following 1979 election – Nats won the seat
back at the following election.

Peter McLellan: state MP for Frankston East (Vic) 1992-99; left
Liberal Party after the 1996 election due to dissatisfaction with Jeff
Kennett – was contesting his seat as an independent when he died on the
morning of the 1999 election, forcing a rerun some weeks later.

Peter Richardson: federal MP for Tangney (WA) 1975-77; resigned from
the Liberal Party and joined the Progress Party, whose Senate ticket he
then headed (unsuccessfully of course) at the 1977 election.

Peter Fray

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