The Australian Aged Care Collaboration (AACC)’s campaign targeting the Federal Government’s slim majority has received an unexpected boost with controversial backbencher Craig Kelly resigning from the Liberal Party and moving to the crossbench.
Mr Kelly reportedly handed his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Tuesday’s party room meeting after recently facing a dressing down by the PM for pushing alternative therapies for COVID-19 and spreading misinformation about vaccines on social media.
The decision leaves the Morrison Government with just a two-seat majority in the House of Representatives.
While Mr Kelly has pledged to vote with the Government on bills and legislation related to the Budget, he would essentially be a ‘free agent’ – diminishing the Morrison Government’s official numbers.
The news comes as the AACC’s campaign continues to make traction with over 600 ‘media mentions’ Australia-wide and their petition passed 2,000 signatures within days.
The campaign’s leaders also met with Aged Care Service Minister, Senator Richard Colbeck plus another with Health and Aged Care Minister Greg Hunt’s staff last week.