High-profile anti-halal campaigner Kirralie Smith, who was a NSW Senate candidate for the right-wing Australian Liberty Alliance at the last federal election, has been touted as a possible state candidate for the Australian Conservatives in NSW. What happens now? "My objective in the NSW Upper House, if I am fortunate enough to be elected, is to wake up some of the characters and make it a more activist chamber — pushing forward with policy agendas instead of just responding to [what] the government does," Mr Latham said. One Nation, under Mr Latham, has a full ticket of 16 candidates, qualifying the party for above-the-line voting. Former federal Labor leader turned One Nation candidate Mark Latham is marshalling a major campaign, along with Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm, Senator Cory Bernardi's party the Australian Conservatives and a younger face for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. The last spot in the Upper House could be won with just 2 per cent of the vote. After March the 23rd, conservative minor parties are almost certain to hold the balance of power. Follow SBS News to join in the conversation and never miss the latest live updates. Right-wing parties eye balance of power in NSW. Shortly after the final preferences were distributed, Mr Leyonhjelm had to alter his profile from "NSW MLC for the Liberal Democrats" to "former senator". Asked whether she would consider an upper or lower seat, she said: “I haven’t made any decisions”. "There exists legislation already that says recreational hunters are allowed to apply for it. But he said he would push for what he called "evidence-based" discussion, especially on gun laws. Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm announces he will quit federal politics so he can contest the New South Wales state election and focus on the "nanny-state issues" that "really annoy" him.

Crossbenchers will hold the balance of power in the NSW upper house after the Liberal-National coalition lost three seats in the state's Legislative Council. Property News: At home with activewear queen Lorna Jane Clarkson - domain.com.au. Two polls within six months have had One Nation with a primary vote of 8 per cent in NSW, a level of support that Liberals believe could give One Nation two seats in the upper house. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. He said a powerful conservative crossbench would be interesting.

"Sometimes that is really good because the scrutiny on bills needs to take time and other times there can be good reform, but others might play ransom politics with those decisions for their own priorities.". 'Activist' right-wing minor parties eye balance of power in Upper House as NSW election looms. Crossbenchers will hold the balance of power in the NSW upper house after the Liberal-National coalition lost three seats in the state's Legislative Council. The control of the New South Wales Parliament after March 23 might rest on the shoulders of a right-wing crossbench in the Upper House. By Alexandra Smith ... a hung parliament with right-wing parties holding the balance of power. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. Christian Democrat Reverend Fred Nile has for many years wielded influence, but some new names are expected to be added to the crossbench, including former federal Labor leader-turned One Nation candidate Mark Latham, libertarian David Leyonhjelm and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, whose new Upper House candidate has promised to focus on an "evidence-based" discussion on gun laws.