The Liberal Party was left by notorious backbencher Craig Kelly.
During the party room meeting today, Mr Kelly handed his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
He said he would sit on the crossbench but would continue to provide the government with materials, which means that he would vote on bills or regulations relevant to the budget with the government.
He also claimed that he would vote with the government on all the policies that had been implemented in the last election.
The Prime Minister recently attacked Mr Kelly for pushing alternative treatments for COVID-19 and for spreading disinformation on social media about vaccines.
Instead of the messages he wanted to get across, he said he did not want to be a distraction to the government and did not want Mr Morrison to have to keep answering questions about stuff he tweeted.
The change would mean that in the House of Representatives, the government will now have a one-seat majority, but will have to provide a speaker who runs the chamber, currently Tony Smith.
Which means that out of 151 seats on its benches, the government has 75 seats, one less than is required for an outright majority.
The decision to leave the party was not easy, Mr. Kelly said, and was made ‘with a very heavy heart.’
“I felt that for the rest of this parliamentary term, if I’m going to act and speak according to my conscience and beliefs, that I can do so more effectively as an independent,” he said.
Mr Kelly was visited shortly after leaving the Liberal Party by One Country Senator Malcolm Roberts and Australian Party Leader Bob Katter of Katter.
In the next election, Mr. Kelly announced that he would run, but ruled out entering a different party.
“My beliefs are still closely aligned with the Liberal Party,” he said.
He said that if asked, he had not given any thought to rejoining the Liberal Party.