(SKY NEWS) — Sky News understands the Family First Party is set to merge with Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives Party.
It’s believed the members of Family First in the South Australian parliament will be renamed as Australian Conservative members.
Australian Conservatives was a party of one in the federal Parliament but will now have multiple representatives in a couple of states.
Speaking to Sky News, Peter Dutton said the decision to merge Family First with Cory Bernadi’s party was ‘inevitable’.
‘When Bob Day exited the party, it was the case where the writing was on the wall,’ Mr Dutton said.
‘From the governments perspective, we will continue to work with minor parties and independents. We will work with them hopefully in a bid to get the budget back in balance.’
The new Family First senator Lucy Gichuhi will not become a Family First senator nor will she be named an Australian Conservative Senator.
It’s believed Ms Gichuhi will take her place in the parliament as an Independent.