Cory Bernadi dropped from top spot on Senate ticket
CORY Bernadi, the Senator who once linked homosexuality to bestiality, has lost his top spot on the Liberal Party's Senate ticket in South Australia.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is campaigning in Sydney - well away from South Australia where the Liberals' executive confirmed Education Minister Simon Birmingham as number one on the ticket, the ABC reported.
Assistant Agriculture Minister Anne Ruston will occupy third position, while Senator David Fawcett is number four on the ticket.
Back in 2012, Senator Bernadi was scalded by then Opposition leader Tony Abbott, for his comments on gay marriage.
Senator Bernardi was asked to resign from his role as shadow parliamentary secretary for Mr Abbott, and on families - a senior front-bench role in Opposition.
At the time, Mr Abbott said Senator Bernardi was guilty of "ill-discipline and a lack of judgement" and he would have to do a "fair bit of political penance" after his comments.
"He knows that I'd much prefer that he didn't dabble in these subjects," Mr Abbott said.
Senator Bernadi, a conservative Christian, has also been criticised for his comments on multiculturalism and abortion.
Mr Abbott said that conversation led to Senator Bernardi handing in his resignation from the front bench, making way for two new appointments to the Coalition senior leadership team.