THE Liberal party has confirmed its Senate ticket for South Australia, with controversial senator Cory Bernardi in the top spot.Sitting senator Simon Birmingham will be in second position on the ticket, followed by SA party vice-president and metallurgist Cathie Webb, and Naracoorte-based farmer Gary Burgess.
Party officials met on Friday to endorse the new ticket, after Anne Rushton filled the vacancy caused by the retirement of Mary-Jo Fisher.
Senator Ruston was earlier this year listed as the third person on the ticket for the 2013 Senate election. Now, she won't face re-election until 2016.
Senator Bernardi has been no stranger to controversy.
In September he resigned as a parliamentary secretary after his comments linking same-sex marriage to bestiality.
He's also made waves over comments on Islam, asylum seekers and climate change.
SA Liberals president Grant Chapman said the team had "diverse experience and background".
The party will target Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, particularly over her opposition to the Murray Darling basin plan which was endorsed by the Liberals and Labor recently.
"Unlike the Greens, who opposed the water plan that will help resuscitate our river, the Liberals have a strong, united Senate team that will stand to deliver a strong, prosperous economy and get results for South Australia," Mr Chapman said in a statement.
The Liberals have also concluded their preselections for all 11 House of Representatives seats in South Australia.
The federal election is expected between August and November 2013.