Outspoken NSW preacher Rod Bower is spearheading a new political party which he hopes will put an end to divisive politics and lead to serious action on climate change.

The Anglican leader has achieved notoriety using the sign outside his Central Coast Anglican church to criticise Australia’s detention, climate and social policies.

His campaign against right-wing politics became national news when he branded then-immigration minister Peter Dutton “a sodomite” after the Queensland MP suggested detained asylum seekers were economic migrants.

Fr Bower hopes to win an upper house seat in May’s federal election as part of Independents for Climate Action Now – a party which wants to work with both sides of politics to push Australia towards renewable energy.