The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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