New party is born, Abbott says, as go-it-alone candidates join forces

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.”

So true.