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Former SAS soldier to stand against “Tweedledee and Tweedledum” in Batman by-election

A former SAS soldier is standing in the Batman by-election, running against Labor and Greens candidates he’s labelled “Tweedledee and Tweedledum”.

Kevin Bailey, for Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives Party, told Tom Elliott he’s running because he believes there are voters in the electorate who don’t agree with either candidate on offer.

“There are a number of conservatives in Batman and they deserve to have someone to vote for,” Mr Bailey said.

“I was fed up, that’s why I joined the Australian Conservatives Party.”

The Liberal Party is not running a candidate, with Ged Kearney running for Labor and Alex Bhathal running for the Greens.

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When Tom Elliott questioned Mr Bailey’s preferences he said he wasn’t sure because they’ve only got “Tweedledee and Tweedledum” to choose from.

“I don’t think he’s got a hope in hell of winning but a lot of disaffected Liberal voters will gravitate towards him,” Tom said.

Tom added he believes Bailey’s preferences could play a big role in the result.

Photo: Australian Conservatives