Apr 26, 2017

Poll Bludger: the accidental overnight success of Cory Bernardi

Cory Bernardi was headed for electoral disaster with his one-man Australian Conservative band. But with the help of Family First, he could become a force to be reckoned with.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

In securing a merger between his own Australian Conservatives party and Family First, it appears that Cory Bernardi has -- if only inadvertently -- finally gotten it right.

The South Australian senator’s departure from the Liberal Party in February was anticipated well in advance, and an arrangement with Family First had long seemed the logical way forward, given their shared religious orientation and the party’s strength in his home state.

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14 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: the accidental overnight success of Cory Bernardi

  1. Mike Smith

    “substantial organisational network of Family First” – that cannot even field legal candidates.

  2. Dog's Breakfast

    Well said Mike.
    Bernardi is a legend in his own mind, and no doubt a prophet before his time. His delusion runs deep.

  3. horace

    I guess that time will tell whose assessment is more accurate, but I would be surprised if Bernardi’s party were to harness any significant support – in South Australia or anywhere else. Given that Hanson attracts a ‘favourable view’ from 32%, but can only garner some 12% electoral support, it seems highly possible that Bernardi’s 10% favourable might translate to 4% electoral support. Day was able to stagger across the line in a double dissolution, that scenario is unlikely to occur again.
    Finally, although I despise most of what they stand/stood for, I will credit Family First with choosing a good name, if something of a misnomer; there are many people who believe in the promotion of ‘family values’ who would not contemplate supporting a politically conservative party, particularly if it carried that label officially.

  4. sceptic

    Breaking news
    One Nation & Australian Conservatives parties to be amalgamated, new party to be called United Ratbags
    They both only exist because the likes of the ABC give them publicity.

  5. Xoanon

    “Bernardi’s chiselled good looks”? Really? Disfigured as they always are by a nasty arrogant sneer.

    1. klewso

      Who’s the chiseller?

  6. Rais

    Do they have a “shared religious orientation” William? Cory Bernardi’s Catholic commitment might not sit very well with the Pentecostalist support base of Family First. I suspect some of those supporters will be taking their votes somwhere else.

  7. CML

    As a South Australian, I am angry that Gichuhi now holds a senate seat in our state.
    Since the party she represented is now no more, and she doesn’t intend joining the new outfit, just who exactly does she represent? The 47 people who voted for her???
    This is a joke!!
    I should add that IMHO we would be better off in SA without any of this lot…and hopefully Gichuhi, Bernardi and fellow travellers will all disappear in the not too distant future!!!

    1. Mike Smith

      All you can really hope for is that she turns out to be a good senator by accident. At least she’s on the crossbench, and not an LNP member. Even if it’s likely she supports the LNP a lot, lobbying her would be more fruitful than lobbying ether of the main 2.

  8. AR

    The only support Borey Carnadi has is his rower’s jockstrap – his main/sole achievement at uni. Never held a job outside the family business and straight into the Senate.
    Hopefully the cold wind of reality will erode those chiselling features, the sooner the better.

  9. Venise Alstergren

    CORY BERNARDI: Chiselled good looks? Sorry but religious fanaticism has consumed him. When being interviewed he appears to be reading from an auto-cue. Both of these qualities have combined to produce an automaton.

  10. Northy

    Such terrific insight in this article, William. It would do the current crop of pollies, advisers and media commentators well to study this line closely – ‘Rarely are voters motivated by broadly conceived ideological abstractions like conservatism’. The following few paragraphs also pinpoint with perfect clarity the electoral realities of Australia. Nice one.

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