Can Eric Abetz be resurrected?

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz may have been written off as the man of yesterday, but so was another liberal politician and man of faith …

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz (Image: AAP / Mick Tsikas / Private Media)

Clouds of yellowing leaves and a tall white spire behind: Kingston’s Christian Reformed Church, south of Hobart, is surrounded by elms, none of your evergreens. The Easter Sunday sky is gray and pale, a festival of rebirth, but in autumn. In front of them enter families, three, four, five children, adolescents in rows of crocodiles between parents, the parking lot is filling up. They come for the resurrection ceremony. I am too, in a way, because I’m on the trail of Kingston CRC’s most celebrated son (OK, second most celebrated): Senator Eric Abetz, who fights for his political life, as the third part of the holy team. of the Liberal Trinity Senate.

Kingston and Christian Reformed Church is – or was, until recently – Abetz Central, the state’s number one conservative representative, as a Tasmanian and resembling a souvenir apple core with a sculpted face. Kingston and the CRC have been his base for decades and have served him diligently and well. Alas, not anymore. The Liberal Party has long wanted to get rid of this meddlesome adenoid-voiced priest, and now the deed has been done by former Abetz COS, now Senator, Jonathon Duniam, himself a member of the CRC, with Eric dumped in third place. Eric never saw it coming, apparently. If only there was a book that told such a story …

So Eric is voting below the line, put Eric first. This is more of a possible frequenter than in any other state. Tasmanians love to vote below the line, see it as a kind of political Keno, pride themselves on their confidence in correctly placing over 50 numbers, love a flow of arabesque preferences jumping through the ticket, National Party to SDA Labor to Team Lambie to an independent who thinks birds aren’t real, and so on.

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