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Dennis Hood, left, has split from Australian Conservatives founder Cory Bernardi (centre) to join the Liberal Party. Former MLC Robert Brokenshire is expected to lose his seat. Photo: Tony Lewis / InDaily
Politics

Hoodwinked: Bernardi defiant as final state Conservative joins Libs

UPDATED | Australian Conservatives founder Cory Bernardi insists his start-up party retains enough national support to survive, despite his likely sole state MP today defecting to join Steven Marshall’s Liberal Government.

News

Senator Bernardi defends gay marriage robo-calls

Conservative senator Cory Bernardi has defended targeting millions of homes with robo-calls urging people to vote ‘no’ in the same-sex marriage postal survey, but he has simultaneously attacked as an invasion of privacy bulk text messages sent out by marriage equality advocates.

Opinion

How to burst the Canberra bubble

Restoring the respectability of parliament and ending the drift to petty personality politics requires a fundamental shift, argues Cory Bernardi. Here, he outlines a seven-point plan that he says will help re-engender confidence and trust.