Party backlash on race hate law: Bernardi


Some long-standing members had even quit the party, he said, and he didn't want further erosion of support as the government struggled to push budget measures through the Senate. "I don't want to see the Liberal grassroots start to cast their eyes anywhere else," he told Network Ten on Sunday. "They're frustrated already that the government isn't able to get through much of its legislative agenda.

Senator Bernardi said he would support the bill because it was "absolutely consistent" with Liberal Party values and was a sensible proposal to protect free speech.

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi warns the Abbott government risks further frustrating the party faithful if it doesn't reconsider its decision to abandon changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

Senator Bernardi said he had received hundreds of emails from Liberal Party members who were disappointed the government had decided to dump proposed changes without consultation.

Senator Bernardi said it was disappointing a small group of Australians could "dictate and determine" what was in the national interest. "We've got to manage for mainstream Australia, not for particular groups within it," he said.

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