The term “Independent Liberal” will never again be formally used in South Australian elections after the state Liberals this week resolved to ban the use of the term, in a rebuff to former party frontbencher Duncan McFetridge.
The regional mayor at the centre of a recent Liberal spat over allegations Christopher Pyne sounded him out to stand as an independent was also approached by Nick Xenophon to run for SA Best, InDaily can reveal.
In every election, there's an air war and a ground war. That's according to Tom Kenyon, the Labor MP guarding the state's most marginal seat. In the first of a series InDaily will run between now and polling day, Tom Richardson visits the trenches in Newland to gauge the issues that matter to the voters that could decide South Australia's next government.
While his grassroots charm belies a calculating political tactician, Nick Xenophon is riding the same anti-establishment wave that swept Donald Trump into office. But, writes Tom Richardson, the lack of expertise around him - while pivotal to that charm - raises serious questions about his party's preparedness for power.
Jay Weatherill has stepped up Labor’s bid to paint itself as the only non-conservative contender at the March election – and escalated the party’s spat with the state’s business lobby – by snubbing a leaders’ debate to be hosted by the Property Council.
Nick Xenophon’s SA Best is poised to field candidates in more than 24 seats at the March state election – putting it in legitimate calculations to win government in its own right – after a rush of nominations in the wake of last month’s shock Newspoll result.
In what looms as another electoral blow for the state Liberal Party, the fledgling Australian Conservatives are set to run candidates in as few as 10 lower house seats at the March election – a move that could cost the Opposition decisive preferences in a host of key seats.