elections 2019

Nationals May Challenge Liberals in NSW Senate Race

It’s been many years since the National and Liberal parties joined together to form the Coalition. 97 years, to be precise. They came together to resolve the hung parliament of 1922. And with that move, the Coalition became a driving force of government.

But while the unity of the Coalition remains intact, the Nationals are now pushing to go it alone in the NSW Senate race, in the pursuit of proper representation.

It’s important that NSW has a Nationals senator, if not two, representing them as rural and regional NSW is a large area,’ Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said.

While reporting that their request to pick up two extra seats at the expense of the Liberals wasn’t too far from being decided, four Senate candidates have been preselected from NSW:

Perin Davey, Sam Farraway, Jamie Chaffey and Paul Cocking.

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Nationals seeking larger representation

In announcing the selected candidates, McCormack has commended former senator Fiona Nash, who lost her seat in the citizenship debacle, and retiring colleague, John ‘Wacka’ Williams for their service.

According to the Australian Associated Press, without the extra ticket they so desperately seek, the National Party’s number one candidate would be number three on the coalition ticket, behind two Liberals — Hollie Hughes and Andrew Bragg.

Sitting Senator Jim Molan would then take the number four spot, and the Nationals in fifth. However, Molan has already begun a campaign to secure ‘below the line’ votes in order to save his seat.

The federal poll is due in May.

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