CHRISTIAN PARTY PULLS SUPPORT
IN a shock development with implications for the outcome of the 2019 NSW election, Fred Nile’s Christian Democratic Party is considering withdrawing support from the Berejiklian government because of the increasingly left-wing direction of the NSW National Party.
The CDP, which holds the balance of power in the Upper House, and could decide who forms government next year, is under pressure from constituents who are questioning its support for a party that has strayed so far from its core values. “Our constituents are clear,” a CDP insider said.
“We can’t keep supporting the Nats. Why are we doing deals with this party that’s getting more and more progressive? We need to take stock of who we are really supporting. We’re looking for someone whose values align with ours and this might affect the 2019 state election.”
The last straw for the CDP was National MLC Trevor Khan’s co-sponsorship with Labor’s Penny Sharpe of an abortion bill last week. Khan also introduced a bill last year to legalise euthanasia, which was only defeated with the help of six Labor MPs.