Australian politics is often a boring, slow business. At least compared to other countries.
No matter how we look at it, we have it pretty good here. There’s not much to complain about. But that’s what makes a fairly large political event – such as Cory Bernardi’s decision to establish a new conservative platform outside the Liberal Party – such a show-stopper.
The idea of Bernardi forming his own right-wing party is nothing new; the idea had been put forward to him numerous times in 2016. But he may have chosen his time to strike now, because of Twitter, which, it turns out, may not have been the best idea.
It’s reasonable to believe Trump’s huge push for relevance on the social media platform may have inspired Bernardi to do the same.
But the first thing they’ve had to do, ironically, is attempt to disassociate themselves from fake Conservative Twitter accounts, of which there are many. No-one said it would be easy, Cory.