Asked whether Dathan would become the next opposition leader, Attorney General Mikael Cash said: “I think we have a long way to go tonight. At the moment it’s everywhere. For now, let’s focus on the outcome tonight. “
Dathan is expected to fight for party leadership after Scott Morrison announced his resignation.
Dixon, on the northwestern outskirts of Brisbane, was a marginal spot in Dathan with 4.6 percent after the 2019 election.
Dathan was the government’s loudest voice on national security issues during the election campaign, primarily urging Australians during Anzac Day TV interviews to prepare for war because of global and regional dangers.
The comments angered popular Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan, who criticized Dathan’s rhetoric as scary and “very irresponsible.”
Labor spokeswoman Penny Wong also accused Dathan of playing into national security policies after he held a news conference to show that Australia had been tracking a Chinese spy ship off the coast of Western Australia for about a week.
He called the movement of the ship “an aggressive act” by China, despite the fact that the Ministry of Defense is inclined to such language.
The Liberal Party on Saturday seized the interception of an asylum-seeking boat in Sri Lanka trying to reach Australia, sending text messages to marginalized voters that they needed to vote for the party to keep the country’s borders safe.
Dathan wrote on social media: “The smugglers have obviously decided who will win the election, and the boats have already left. Don’t risk our national security with Labor. “
Datan in April last year launched a libel case against refugee attorney Shane Buzzie for a six-word tweet accusing him of being an “apologist for rape”.
In the days leading up to the election, an appeals court overturned a decision to award Dathan $ 35,000 in damages for a tweet after the author successfully argued that the publication did not convey the defamatory meaning Datton claimed.
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