Cory Bernardi is today expected to announce that 25-year-old Maronite Catholic man Joram Richa will run for the Australian Conservatives in the Bennelong by-election, The Australian reports.
The Australian Conservatives have pledged to provide a voice for Australians who voted No in the same-sex marriage postal survey.
Just over half (50.2 per cent) of constituents in Bennelong, located in Sydney’s northwest, were No voters.
Liberal candidate John Alexander, whose resignation over dual citizenship prompted the by-election, and Labor candidate and former NSW premier Kristina Keneally, a Catholic, are both supporters of same-sex marriage.
As an intern at the National Student Leadership Forum in 2012, Mr Richa, who graduated from St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, in 2009, wrote of his strong Christian faith.
“Personally, I am passionate about the role of the Christian faith in society and its ability to enhance our understanding of values and form a basis for ethical decisions,” he wrote.
“In times of pluralism and uncertainty, our generation yearns for a moral compass and guide grounded in ideas of love, compassion, strength, vitality and forgiveness.”
Senator Bernardi declined to comment on the Bennelong contest ahead of today’s expected announcement.
Bernardi selects his Bennelong by-election candidate (The Australian)