Liberal Democrats double their presence in Australian politics

The Liberal Democrats have secured two places in the Victorian Legislative Council, following final counting by the Victorian Electoral Commission today.

Wodonga’s Tim Quilty and Melbourne’s David Limbrick will join Liberal Democrat incumbents David Leyonhjelm in the Australian Senate and Aaron Stonehouse in the Western Australian Legislative Council, effectively doubling the party’s presence on the Australian political landscape.

Liberal Democrats’ leader, Senator Leyonhjelm, said the electoral successes have cemented the party’s position as a serious alternative for voters disenchanted with the two major parties and the Greens, who secured just one seat in the Victorian Legislative Council.

“Tim and David ran campaigns based on solid, sensible policies of economic responsibility, lower taxes, less regulation, more personal freedom and personal responsibility,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

“More and more people are coming to the realisation that when it comes to true liberal values, the Liberal Democrats are the only viable choice.”

Senator Leyonhjelm also congratulated the Reason Party’s leader Fiona Patten, who was re-elected after a close finish.

“The Liberal Democrats directed its preferences to the Reason Party and we expect Tim and David will work closely with Fiona to protect and strengthen the rights of Victorians when it comes to issues such as assisted suicide laws and the legalisation of recreational cannabis.”

Tim Quilty, MLC, Northern Victoria

David Limbrick, MLC, South East Metropolitan

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