Bower made Gosford Anglican Church famous for its provocative and insistent messages on refugees, LGBT rights and more. Can that radical voice now disrupt the political establishment?
Good Morning, early birds. Former Liberal Julia Banks has confirmed that she will stand as an independent against Health Minister Greg Hunt in the federal election, and retirees mobilise against Labor's plan to end cash refunds for franking credits. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
With Labor poised to take conventional battleground seats, the prospect of an independent blue-ribbon rebellion means the Liberal Party is facing a calamity unlike any it has suffered before.
Victorian Liberal MP Julia Banks has quit her party, plunging the deeply troubled minority government of Scott Morrison into further crisis.
After Kerryn Phelps overturned a 18% margin in Wentworth, what other seats might be under threat?
Even if the Liberals hang on in Wentworth, they will likely face more high-profile locals in safe seats, sucking resources away from the real election battles in the marginals.
Labor and the Libs are both quaking in their boots in the face of unprecedented polling for minor parties (except the Greens). And the biggest bogeyman of all is Nick.
The death of independent MP Bob Such has triggered a byelection in the South Australian seat of Fisher. It looked like an easy Liberal win, but things aren't so certain now.
The result of Saturday's Victorian election is all but known for the Liberals -- they are likely to be thrown out. But some independents are throwing a spanner in the works for Labor.
Independent candidates are popping up in throughout Victoria. They might not win seats, but they hope that they can make the major parties sit up and take notice.