New party is born, Abbott says, as go-it-alone candidates join forces, by Brad Norington.
Tony Abbott claims the teaming up of Zali Steggall with 14 other independent candidates for a joint ad campaign promising to “work together co-operatively” if they are elected marks the creation of a new climate change party.
The former prime minister, who faces a threat from Ms Steggall in his Sydney seat of Warringah, said yesterday the ad now airing on social media and YouTube exposed participating candidates as an anti-Liberal alliance, and not true independents.
“If they band together to promote their cause, they’ve effectively created a new political party,” Mr Abbott said. “It’s a climate change party — it’s essentially a small-‘g’ green party. But because in seats like these the Greens would not get elected, they’re pretending to be something else in the hope of removing Coalition members of parliament.”