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Bernardi ‘to split’ from Liberals

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Controversial Coalition Senator Cory Bernardi is reportedly scheming to break away from the Liberal Party and form his own conservative political party.

Mr Bernardi aims to be the figurehead of a conservative party that would try to gain right-wing votes Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is accused of losing at the election, Fairfax Media reported.

The conservative MP denied the allegations on Sky News on Wednesday afternoon, saying he aims to reform the Liberal Party “from within”.

Earlier on Wednesday Mr Bernardi posted a blog asking followers to “help kickstart a movement” by logging on to new website www.conservatives.org.au.

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It links to a page with an “Australian Conservatives” logo – which is not thought to be a political party but rather a movement aiming to bring conservatives together.

This is thought to be similar to organisation GetUp! bringing left-wing activists together.

In the blog, Mr Bernardi described Saturday’s too-close-to-call election a “disaster” and said Australian conservatives should unite regardless of which party they voted for.

“Irrespective of the final election result,” Mr Bernardi wrote, “the clear mission now is to bring people together for the good of the country.

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The logo on the website the Mr Bernardi linked to. Photo: conservatives.org.au

“That is going to take the formalisation of a broad conservative movement to help change politics and to give common sense a united voice.”

Liberal sources reportedly told Fairfax Media Mr Bernardi was “actively seeking” the job of being a conservative figurehead in Australia. He was also reportedly speaking to Glenn Druery, a voting preference strategist. 

Mr Turnbull has been attacked by conservative commentators and politicians since Saturday’s horror election result for the Coalition.

Mr Bernardi, Senator Eric Abetz and commentator Andrew Bolt have all made their displeasure with the campaign clear.

Mr Turnbull’s conservative woes have been compounded by Pauline Hanson’s rise back into parliament. She has won a seat for herself and could win as many as two more for members of her One Nation party.

Mr Bernardi and Ms Hanson share similar views on controversial matters such as Halal certification, border protection and Islam in Australia.

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