‘Keep the bastards honest’: former Australian Democrats leader joins high-profile group backing independents

‘Keep the bastards honest’: former Australian Democrats leader joins high-profile group backing independents

As Scott Morrison comes to the end of a ragged parliamentary week, the organisation bankrolling independents challenging Liberal incumbents in their urban heartland has amassed an election war chest of more than $4m, and bolstered its advisory body. The former leader of the Australian Democrats, Meg Lees, has joined the advisory council of Climate 200, as has the former Liberal party leader John Hewson, and the Labor veteran Barry Jones. Moderate metropolitan Liberals facing challenges from independents supported by Climate 200 have stepped up their visibility during the major policy debates of the last few months – climate change, religious discrimination, and the long-delayed federal integrity commission. Morrison has faced open rebellions during the penultimate parliamentary sitting week from MPs opposed to mandatory vaccinations, and from the moderate Liberal Bridget …
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