Former Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman says he will be advocating for a Yes vote in the Voice to Parliament referendum.

Zimmerman, who held a seat in North Sydney from 2015 until 2022 when he lost to an Independent, says he believes the Liberal party’s decision to campaign for a no vote risks further backlash from voters.

Speaking to the ABC he said:

“It’s a very curious approach. I can’t remember a time where the party has decided that a subset of the party room will get a free vote and another subset won’t. Of course, in the normal course of events, every backbencher has the right to cross the floor. But to actually declare that this is the approach is very curious.

And I think it’s given rise to a lot of the problems the party’s encountered over the last seven days. If there’d been a free vote for every member of the party room, I think that that would have been a simple solution.”

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