The NSW Liberal Party will give its second preference to the Christian Democratic Party in the upper house in what the NSW Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell said was a party decision.
Liberal how-to-vote cards distributed yesterday to pre-polling booths instructed voters to preference the Christian Democrats second on the Upper House ballot paper.
This decision increases Upper House CDP candidate Paul Green’s chances of being elected and a Christian Democrats and Shooters and Fishers party controlled Legislative Assembly.
Labor campaign spokesman Luke Foley told media that O’Farrell “would do a deal with just about anyone to win control of the parliament”.
The conservative Christian party led by the Rev Fred Nile has consistently opposed GLBT rights in the parliament and is seeking to have the Mardi Gras parade put in a stadium and declared an 18 and over restricted event.
The Christian Democratic Party website states that the party is against marriage equality and same-sex adoption.
The Liberal Party’s decision comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that they would not preference former One Nation leader Pauline Hanson because of her policies.
The NSW state election is on March 26.