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Staying with Simon Holmes Court’s address to the National Press Club, the founder of Climate 200 said it’s up to independent candidates to decide which major party is best on climate change, integrity or gender equality.

When asked which party the Climate 200-backed independents would support if neither the Coalition nor Labor win a majority after the election, Mr Holmes Court said he hopes both parties would negotiate.

Simon Holmes Court on Wednesday.

Simon Holmes Court on Wednesday.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“My personal opinion doesn’t matter because I won’t be in Parliament, and I won’t be in any negotiation room, this is the decision for the independents,” he said.

“I don’t think we have seen the final policy platforms of the major parties, and as I said, my opinion here doesn’t matter because I have no influence whatsoever in the way the independents, who may be in the privileged position of balance of power, I have no influence over their vote on any issue and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Mr Holmes Court insisted Climate 200 was not a political party despite several candidates sharing similar campaign platforms. His organization is backing independent candidates such as Zoe Daniel in moderate Liberal MP Tim Wilson’s Victorian seat of Goldstein.

“These candidates are not working and cahoots, they speak for themselves, they are truly independent, and we have no influence on what they will do immediately following election, nor do we seek to.”

He said support for the Coalition was slipping among some voters and Prime Minister Scott Morrison was “on the nose”, according to polling by Climate 200.

The polling of 9000 voters across 11 electorates where independents are running found Scott Morrison’s net approval rating was negative 11 points.

He said voters ranked climate change the number one issue in most of those electorates, and integrity in politics was usually second.

“The incumbent MPs say that they support climate action as their constituents want, but they never vote for it when it really counts,” Mr Holmes Court said.“Voters are becoming increasingly aware that their representatives vote with the coal loving climate science deniers like [Deputy Prime Minister] Barnaby Joyce.”

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