From humble beginnings (like the lowest number of first-preference Senate votes ever to get someone elected), One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts is clawing his way to becoming a darling of the of the conservative far-right, as one of the big names to appear at the H.R. Nicholls Society’s annual conference next week. Liberal Senator Eric Abetz will be giving the keynote speech, while Roberts is listed alongside other “outstanding presenters” shadow industrial relations minister in Victoria Robert Clark and The Australian columnist Judith Sloan. The H.R. Nicholls Society is a conservative industrial relations lobby group, and Liberal Senator James Paterson was once a board member. Abetz has addressed the group before, and it considers senators Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm as its allies in the Senate, but Roberts is a new addition to their usual suspects.

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