Lyle Shelton to run for senate spot at next election
ANTI-gay marriage campaigner Lyle Shelton is having his first tilt at federal politics after being named as Cory Bernardi's lead senate candidate in Queensland.
Mr Shelton, who earned notoriety and publicity during the same-sex marriage postal vote survey last year with the Australian Christian Lobby, joined the Australian Conservatives in an administration position back in February.
While he denied at the time that the move suggested his political aspirations, Mr Shelton announced this morning his intention to run in the senate at the next federal election.
If the Conservatives win a seat in Queensland next year, Mr Shelton will be the one joining the parliament.
The new candidate said his nomination gave voters an alternative conservative option.
"Canberra is working very well for the politicians, it isn't working very well for the people of Gladstone, Townsville, Toowoomba or Rockhampton," Mr Shelton said.
"Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull are the epitome of what is wrong with our system.
"Both are captive to political correctness and big government thinking which is holding our nation back.
"Like it or not, one of these slaves to elite agendas will be prime minister after the next election."
Party leader Cory Bernardi, who has visited Toowoomba twice in the past 12 months to shore up support, praised Mr Shelton for his political experience.
"Lyle brings a wealth of political and campaign experience having headed up the 'No' campaign last year that saw millions of Australians stand up against political correctness," he said.
Mr Shelton's other ticket members including for LNP senator Jo Lindgren and North Queensland bookkeeper and mother Kate Horan.