Like a whack a mole arcade game, minor parties often spring up quickly only to be struck down an election or so later. They are often too divisive, too narrow minded, and badly organised.
Senator Cory Bernardi’s new project is none of these. And now the Australian Conservatives are set to take the stage right of the Liberal Party, as the Greens have to the left of Labor.
In just six months, more than 14,000 paid members have signed up to the party. No small organisational feat. The Australian Conservatives are already registered in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria and, the word is, soon to be in NSW. Even established brands like Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, The Liberal Democratic Party and the Nick Xenophon Team have been unable to achieve the members required to register in NSW.
Not too divisive
Unlike other micro party leaders, Cory Bernardi has not fallen onto the temptation of grabbing headlines with outlandish language. At least not since he started the Australian Conservatives in February.
It was a festive moment. He could have spoken about any topic, but at his Party’s NSW launch Bernardi was reported to have spent much of his time emphasising the importance of pragmatism. He encouraged a diversity of voices within the party. Members may not agree with each other on everything but they should put aside their differences to achieve mutually aligned goals.
The Australian Conservatives are not the Bernardi Party. By not attaching his name to the movement it will not live and die with his personal success or failure.