The Liberals should have thought about this before they backed abortion-to-birth laws.
Christian minor parties are set to play a key role in Saturday’s South Australian election.
This is irritating the Liberals in particular who fear Family First’s preferencing against them in two key seats could cost government.
The Liberals should have thought about this before they promoted abortion-to-birth laws, normally something the green-Labor-Left promote.
The Australian reports that Family First’s preferencing of pro-life Labor MPs in the seats of King and Newland “is of huge benefit to the ALP”.
Newland is the state’s most marginal seat, held by backbencher Richard Harvey with a 0.1 per cent margin, and King is held by Paula Luethen with a 0.6 per cent margin, meaning a change of just a few hundred votes could see both MPs turfed out.
The Australian Christian Lobby is also campaigning hard, educating voters about the anti-Christian values voting record of MPs.
Family First was re-launched last year by two conservative Catholic former Labor members of the South Australian Parliament, former treasurer Jack Snelling and former industry minister Tom Kenyon.
Kenyon heads the Upper House ticket.
Family First’s executive voted to fold the party into former Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives, which unsuccessfully contested the 2019 federal election.
Success on Saturday for the re-launched Family First and Bob Day’s Australian Family Party will encourage Christians and conservatives who have been without an effective political party since.
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