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Why I decided to join the Liberal Democrats!

The Liberal Party in Australia is imploding! One Nation is controlled by Pauline Hanson! The Australian Conservatives have taken on the religious right! Who the heck do I support? Australian Liberty Alliance? Well they are too focused on kicking out all muslims to care about other important issues that affect many Australians. Help!

I have been involved in politics one way or another since 1998. I have been a member of both a minor and major political party, most recently the Liberal Party. I supported the Liberal Party because I believe in small government, low taxes, low spending, individual responsibility and strong border protection policies. I left the Liberal Party for several reasons. In 2015 when they knifed a first term Prime Minister I felt that the Liberal Party was no different to the Labor Party when it came to revolving door of leaders. In the 2013 Federal Election we campaigned strongly that under a Liberal Government you would see stability – well that didn’t work out. This issue alone wasn’t the only reason why I left the Liberals. I felt that Malcolm Turnbull – despite my disliking of the fella – deserved to be given a chance. The catalyst of me leaving the Liberal Party is the ever growing factional warfare, especially within the NSW Division. Seeing potential new members being rejected on the basis that it would weaken a certain faction, or candidates pre-selected on the basis of which faction they belong to rather than on merit made me think about my future within the Party. Liberal Party members are treated as political pawns, they are just there to campaign, hand out how to votes and be potential donors. It was time to find a new home.

Admittedly I was flirting with the idea of One Nation but their instability and policy flip flops turned me off. Then there was the new kid on the block, the Australian Conservatives led by former Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi. The problem with this party is that it prides itself on religious values, as I am not religious I believe I would clash on some social issues. The only other party that is worthy of a choice is the Liberal Democratic Party. This party is based on Libertarianism and looking at their history it has been slowly gaining political momentum. At the time of writing this blog the party only has two parliamentarians: One federal Senator in NSW, David Leyonhjelm and one Member of the Legislative Council in WA, Aaron Stonehouse. There could be one more in the Victorian Upper House as voting continues post the Victorian State election held on the 24th November 2018.

On further investigation of the Liberal Democrats I am finding myself more in tuned to their philosophies:

The Liberal Democrats stand for greater freedom, smaller government and personal responsibility. We promote the following principles:

 

1. Economic Principles

  • Free markets and freedom of choice
  • Low tax, limited public spending and minimal regulation
  • Widespread ownership of private property

2. Social Principles

  • Civil society and volunteerism
  • Civil liberties and individual freedom
  • Individual liberty and personal responsibility under the rule of law

3. Government Principles

  • Constitutional liberal democracy
  • Ethical and impartial government under the rule of law
  • Devolution of power including decentralised government and competitive federalism

4. International Principles

  • Free trade in goods, services and capital
  • Free trade in ideas and culture
  • Freedom and human rights

Whilst political parties often do have feel good philosophies or objectives which are often outlined within their constitutions, what really matters is their policies. The Liberal Party of Australia have similar philosophies to the Liberal Democrats but their actual policies or direction is completely opposite. Here is an example of the philosophies of the Liberal Party and compare this to what they actually deliver in Parliament.

Liberal Party of Australia

We Believe:

In the inalienable rights and freedoms of all peoples; and we work towards a lean government that minimises interference in our daily lives; and maximises individual and private sector initiative

In government that nurtures and encourages its citizens through incentive, rather than putting limits on people through the punishing disincentives of burdensome taxes and the stifling structures of Labor’s corporate state and bureaucratic red tape.

In those most basic freedoms of parliamentary democracy – the freedom of thought, worship, speech and association.

In a just and humane society in which the importance of the family and the role of law and justice is maintained.

In equal opportunity for all Australians; and the encouragement and facilitation of wealth so that all may enjoy the highest possible standards of living, health, education and social justice.

That, wherever possible, government should not compete with an efficient private sector; and that businesses and individuals – not government – are the true creators of wealth and employment.

In preserving Australia’s natural beauty and the environment for future generations.

That our nation has a constructive role to play in maintaining world peace and democracy through alliance with other free nations.

In short, we simply believe in individual freedom and free enterprise; and if you share this belief, then ours is the Party for you.

As you can see these philosophies are very similar to the Liberal Democrats and I guess this is why I was a member of the Liberal Party.

As stated philosophies alone do not make or break a political party. So I examined the Liberal Democrats policies. Given that there are so many policies on their website I will only outline a few which I think are prudent to what my own philosophies are. The first policy is Immigration. I am a firm believer that all sovereign nations should have strong border protection policies. As former Prime Minister John Howard once said;

“….we decide who comes into our country and the circumstance in which they come”

Most minor political party’s have developed a discriminatory policy or a knee jerk approach such as banning certain religions from entering the country or only accepting migrants from certain countries. Most Australians accept that migrants, regardless where they are from – can and have – contributed positively to Australian society. The Liberal Democrats take a pragmatic approach to immigration. Reading their policies they appear to support good quality migration by implementing a fee for those who wish to become permanent residents. New migrants will not be eligible to receive welfare but they will be able to contribute to society by working. As for illegal immigration they support the closure to offshore detention but support the idea of detention for health and security assessments. The following is a summary of their policies from their website.

Policy

  • Negotiate Free Immigration Agreements (FIAs) with compatible countries to allow unrestricted movement of citizens between those countries.
  • Replace the current points-based quota system with a tariff system where immigrants pay for the right to become a permanent resident (PR) in Australia.
  • No eligibility for welfare for PRs except where reciprocal arrangements have been established through a FIA.
  • Increase barriers to citizenship so Australia can sustain a high level of immigration and relatively free movement of people without the risk that new immigrants will undermine our democracy or social harmony.
  • Adopt a liberal approach to temporary residency for workers and tourists.
  • Detain unauthorized arrivals for security and health checks, after which they can be temporarily released on payment of bail equivalent to the immigration tariff while their application to stay (as asylum or other) is processed.

This approach to immigration is sensible. It provides opportunities for good people to enter the country and enjoy what Australia has to offer. It also offers illegal immigrants an opportunity to escape their woes and allow them to work. The idea of stopping welfare to all migrants including illegal immigrants will reduce people entering Australia purely because of our generous welfare system. Whilst it is unclear whether or not refugees will receive welfare under their policies it would be fair to say if they did include this, then who needs a discriminatory immigration policy?

Low taxes, low spending and less regulation is one of my own philosophies. When you look at the Liberal Democrats taxation policy they certainly follow through on this. The Liberal Democrats believe that taxation should be cut so that there is more money in our pockets to be able to spend things on what we want to spend it on. If we had more money in our pockets then we can spend more on things like health insurance or on goods and services, this in return will benefit the economy because consumer confidence will be higher and if we spend money on good health insurance we are less likely to rely on medicare. Here is an example of the Liberal Democrats taxation policy.

Policy

  • Limit the federal government to defence, immigration, basic public services (e.g passport services, regulation of hazardous materials, air and sea transport regulation), and assistance to the least well off.
  • Stop all transfers from the federal government to other levels of government, including grants from the pool of GST revenues.
  • With the associated savings, cut federal taxes by more than half, through:
    • lifting the tax free threshold to $40,000, cutting personal tax rates to a flat 20%, and cutting the company tax rate to 20%; and
    • abolishing tobacco, alcohol and fuel taxes, import tariffs, carbon pricing and mineral resource rent taxation.
  • Limit state governments to the provision of: police, courts and prisons; fire services; animal control; roads and other transport services; libraries; local amenities; basic public services (eg consumer protection, building standards), means-tested vouchers for health and schooling, and welfare services.
  • Replace insurance taxes, taxes on vehicles, stamp duties on property transfers, along with various other nuisance taxes collected at the state level with less inefficient taxes, while ensuring that the overall level of a state or territory’s taxes as a proportion of state GDP declines over time.

I hear some people say “well if we cut taxes what expenditure will need to be cut?” As you can see from their policy, the Liberal Democrats want to decentralised Government. At the moment the Federal Government is funding for schools, education, hospitals and roads. Under the Australian Constitution these issues are all the responsibility of State Governments, somehow the Federal Government has decided to stick their noses into it. We do not need a Federal Department of Education, we do not need a Federal Department of Health, having these departments federally just doubles the amount of bureaucracy adding cost to the taxpayer. The Federal Government only needs to tax to be able to fund for defence, immigration, welfare and medicare. The Liberal Democrats also want to cease Foreign Aid. The idea of the Government borrowing money just to give it away in foreign aid does not make sense. It would be like you having a mortgage, struggling to live day to day paying bills, raising children and buying food but then going to the bank and asking for a credit card of $10,000 just to give that money to Amnesty Australia. It does not make sense at all.

The last example I am going to discuss is Freedom of Speech. One Nation and Australian Conservatives claim they believe in freedom of speech yet they want to ban organisations such as Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Hizb- ut-Tahrir have been known to express extreme islamic beliefs and some would argue it is a terror organisation. One Nation wishes to ban this organisation, given their strong views on Islam I understand their point of view however banning such organisation – like most extreme groups – it would go under ground. Allowing them a platform provides you and me an opportunity to critisise them and to point out their fundamental flaws. The other issue is if you ban one organisation you will need to ban all organisations that cause offence, and given that being offended is subjective, where will it end? The Liberal Democrats policy on freedom of speech does not wish to ban these organisations because one is allowed to hold these views despite how distasteful they may seem. We do not want to go down the same path of the United Kingdom whereby the Government prosecutes people who posts an offensive video.
The Liberal Democrats policy on Freedom of Speech is as follows:

Free Speech

The Liberal Democrats believe that freedom is precious, that our freedom is not conferred by government, that government poses great risks to our freedom, and that the role of government is the defence of freedom.


Policy

  • Freedom of speech and expression.
  • A free media.
  • Freedom of association, assembly and movement.
  • Freedom over one’s own body, beliefs, privacy and property.

Discussion

Freedom of speech is fundamental in a democratic society.  The free exchange of ideas and opinions allows these ideas and opinions to be tested, with the more robust being accepted and the less robust being rejected.

Freedom of speech and expression should not be limited because the speech or expression is defamatory, offends, insults, humiliates or intimidates, because it is thought to be wrong, or because it is immoral, indecent, or contrary to community expectations.  Freedom of speech and expression should only be limited under long-standing laws against aiding or inciting a crime or disturbing the peace.

There should be no government filtering of the internet, and there should be no bans on movies (except where depicting an actual crime), books or games for adults.

A free media

Along with free speech, a free press is particularly important for constraining government.  There should be no constraint on owning any media organisation, radio spectrum should be auctioned without conditions, and no one should be required to reveal one’s sources.

Freedom of association, assembly and movement

Restrictions on freedom of association, assembly and movement represent government over‑reach.  Freedom of association should not be limited by bans on membership of bikie gangs or groups deemed to be terrorist organisations. Long-standing laws against conspiring to carry out a crime are sufficient.  Freedom of association should not be limited by prohibitions on joining a trade union,  nor on requirements to join one.  Freedom to gather in public places without hindering the movement and peace of others should not be limited by curfews, ‘move along’ powers, or laws against loitering and peaceful protests.

Freedom over one’s own body, beliefs, privacy and property

Freedom over one’s body includes freedom to take one’s own life (and to assist others to do so), to control one’s own fertility and to have children, to refuse medical treatment, to obtain one’s own medical records, and to give binding health directions in case of subsequent incompetence.  We should be free from harassment, from physical harm, and we have a right to privacy, to our own thoughts, opinions and religion, and to our own property.

I have only touched on three policies of the Liberal Democrats however there are plenty more that could be discussed. You can access their policies here https://www.ldp.org.au/

After examining their policies and studying their actions in both the Senate and WA Legislative Council, I believe the Liberal Democrats are a viable option for those Liberals who want to find a new home. Having a sensible approach to issues is what Australia needs right now given that we are lacking leadership. After 12 months of contemplation I decided to join the Liberal Democrats and one can only hope they can move forward and build upon their organisational structure to provide hope to hard working Australians who want to see more money in their pocket; freedom and less government interference.

*Editors note: This blog is my interpretation of Liberal Democrats policy, at no stage am I writing on behalf of the Liberal Democrats. I welcome any comments or criticisms.

The collusion to stifle FREE SPEECH is real and happening!

Alex Jones is not my cup of tea. For those who don’t know Alex Jones he is the voice behind InfoWars – an alt-media outlet for those who don’t fit into the mainstream media narrative. Alex Jones has some bizarre conspiracy theories such as believing the government is making frogs gay or Michelle Obama is actually a man (although that could explain a few things). The fact is, Jones is an entertaining character and whilst I didn’t listen to him, the stuff that I did hear was actually amusing. InfoWars do produce some good personalities such as Paul Joseph Watson. Watson, who has a Youtube page, is very good at articulating arguments for the right, he breaks down the issue and uses logic to make his argument.

Apple have recently announced that they have BANNED Jone’s podcasts on their app. Facebook, Spotify and Youtube have also jumped on the BANNING bandwagon and axed the InfoWar giant from it’s platform citing that he goes against their policy on “HATE SPEECH.” This ought to be concerning for anyone who goes against the ‘mainstream’ narrative. The fact we have seen major globalist organisations such as Apple, Facebook and Youtube stifle free speech clearly indicates that they are concerned that people are actually listening to alt-media sources. Given the rise of anti globalist politicans such as Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Gert Wilders, it is no suprise that the globalist elite are wanting to rid social media or free media of alt-media sources.

Paul Joseph Watson has just released a video on Youtube describing this action by these tech companies as ‘the purge.’ He goes on to state that all within 12 hours of each other these companies have colluded to shut down InfoWars. He pointed that that no tech company gave any specific reasons as to why they shut Jones down, all they stated was that he goes against their policy on “HATE SPEECH.” Watson also goes on to state that this has occurred three months before the mid terms commence. Coincidence? 

There has often been debates over President Trumps tweets, some on the left want him banned from tweeting, Trump himself doesn’t trust ‘fakenews’ outlets such as CNN to provide a fair and balance report therefore Trump thrives on alt-media outlets and has embraced the use of social media to get his message out. This action by these major tech companies have set a precedence to ban anyone who they feel breaches the ‘mainstream’ narrative. Who will be next to be on the chopping block? Rebel Media who house Lauren Southern or The Daily Wire who champion Ben Shapiro?

We live in a modern society which even George Orwell couldn’t fictionalise. The growing pains of supressing free speech is becoming terminal. Instead of banning things we do not like, we need to confront it head on. Its the same with Alex Jones, just because you do not like him does not mean we should ban him. If the Globalists want to defeat him then argue against him but we all know that this has nothing to do with disagreeing with Jones. Its far more sinister, it is a plan to manipulate free speech to ensure they control the masses. 

Adern admits Conservatives are more Civil Human Beings!

Do we need any more proof that Conservatives are more civil human beings compared to the feral left?

Well, of course. Why not?

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, told US President, Donald Trump, that no one marched in protest after her success at the recent election. She responded with this after President Trump made a joke about her becoming Prime Minister with the help of New Zealand First. Adern told Sky News that she didn’t think President Trump was offended by the remark.

Of course President Trump wouldn’t be offended, after all he is a Conservative and Conservatives do not get offended. We like to embrace free speech something the left do not value. The interesting thing about this though is we have a left wing Prime Minister who has basically admitted that Conservatives are more civil when it comes to political discourse. Majority of New Zealanders rejected NZ Labour, the only reason why Adern is Prime Minister is because she has done a deal with Winston Peters, the leader of far right New Zealand First.

If Conservatives held a distasteful view like the left, we would be out there protesting and making life hard for the socialists however we don’t. We respect the institution of democracy and political systems which elect government. We understand that you win some and you lose some, sure we get disappointed at results but we move on and work towards a better future.
The left on the other hand don’t respect democracy and don’t respect our political systems, they are sore losers and protest when they don’t get their own way; Brexit and President Trump are two examples of this.

Given this, kudos to Prime Minister Adern for finally admitting that Conservatives are more civil human beings, maybe she needs to provide lessons to left wing millennials on how to become a better human when it comes to a more civil political discourse.

Liberal hound dogs…….crying all the time. #auspol #australianconservatives #burqaban

Well well well, the National Party have shown their true colours this weekend. There was a motion before their National Conference wanting to ban the burqa in public spaces. The Burqa, which is a sign of oppression, covers the face of women (or men) which often can be used for sinister purposes and is potential to be a threat to National Security. Nationals MP George Christensen was pushing for the National Party to ban the Burqa but unfortunately the lefty trolls within the Nats voted against it 55-51.

The National Party in Australia is known to be the Liberal Party lap dog. They have no real policies but ride on the back of the Liberal Party. Sadly the National Party is just a country wing of the Libs which is concerning for long term members of the National Party. The rise of One Nation, Australian Conservatives and in NSW the Shooters, Fishers and Farmer’s Party one would have thought the National Party would have dumped the Liberal Party and be a true centre right alternative. There was somewhat hope for the Nats when Barnaby Joyce became leader. When he was in the Senate he was a straight shooter Senator and did not care about political correctness. These days Joyce is just the twiddledum to the Liberals twiddledee. 

To those who are dissapointed in the National Party’s decision to reject Christensen’s motion, there is a better way. Don’t be a Liberal hound dog, you will always be welcome to join the fastest growing political party in Australia. The Australian Conservatives. 

Why I will be voting No in #MarriageEquality vote! #auspol #samesexmarriage

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that I don’t really give a toss if same sex marriage win’s or loses. I still stand by that. I do however believe that this is a contentious issue and rightly so and therefore people should have a vote on it.  One thing I didn’t mention is my voting intention. On the topic of same sex marriage I will be voting No. I will be voting no, not because ‘I’m homophobic’ or a ‘bigot’ or ‘hitler’ or because I don’t want equality, Im voting no because of the reasons why people voted for Brexit and Donald Trump. Supporters for same sex marriage will no doubt condemn me for this, and I can take it but when you see people being abused for not ‘conforming’ to the status quo or being bullied and harassed for their views, out of protest (maybe it is the Taurus in me) I tend to dig my heels in.

It was reported by The Australian (1/9/2017) that Liberal Party Vice President Karina Oketel who is from Sri Lanka has experienced worst bigotry over her views on same sex marriage than any racist labels she has endured. Ms Oketel told The Australian she has been racially vilified for her skin colour in the past but that was mild compared to when she defends the current marriage act.
This kind of bigotry coming from the Yes campaigners is disturbing. I have seen first hand on social media that the Yes campaigner’s do not even want to understand why people are voting no. They just want to shut down debate.
Now the arguments made by those who are against same sex marriage can be debated. Safe Schools, Polygamy marriages, Incestrous marriages all these things can happen without same sex marriage. In fact Safe Schools is happening now but without proper debate these issues will continue to burn up until the last person sends off their voting papers.

The continual bigotry and the hatred on those from the Yes side will mean people will just vote no. Do not tell me how to vote. Do not say voting No is wrong. Do not undermine my democratic right to have self thought. We are not living in George Orwell’s 1984. We are living in a liberal democratic society of 2017. This is why I am voting no.

 

 

#Antifa and #Isis – kissing cousins without the cuddles! #AltLeft #ConfederateStatues

Western Civilisation is changing. Its political landscape is becoming more defined. We are seeing the rise of feral politics and it is primarily coming from the left. That’s not to say the right is innocent. What we have seen from the alt-left are actions that mirror anarchy and disorder through the notion of fascism. Kathy Griffin for example holding a severed head of US President Donald Trump is nothing more than feral politics. There is one group that is going one step further and their actions somewhat mirror Islamic State. That group is ANTIFA.

 

ISIS is an extremist Islamic terror group; their goal is to install an Islamic state worldwide in its purest form thus implementing all aspects of Sharia Law. Their actions have been so extreme that we have seen ISIS militants setting fires within a Philippine church and destroy statues of Mary and St Joseph. They have threatened to come to Rome and do the same. In the Philippine city of Marawi, ISIS militants have been fighting against Government forces for control of the city having total disregard for the current political elite. Many ISIS militants often wear black which resembles their flag and consistently wear masks to cover their faces.

Approximately 8,500km’s away in Syria, ISIS militants have released photos of them destroying ancient ruins of Palmyra and shrines near the site. Their view is that they consider these ruins and shrines as creations of pre-Islamic idolaters. The end result of this action is to change history which ultimately keeps the community at bay and if anyone questions this they will be killed.

 

ANTIFA is an organisation made up of far left – or the alt-left – individuals. ANTIFA stands for anti-fascists. In Australia they aren’t much of a problem however in the United States they have been very vocal in their opposition to the current political and socio-economic climate. One of their goals is to coordinate activism and to work with the media to shape public opinions. How they do this is ironically fascist. In Charlottesville we experienced ANTIFA wearing black clothes and masks to cover their faces. They used violence, destroying public and personal property to ensure they get media cover. Most recently the ANTIFA militants have been seen pulling down confederate statues stating that these statues are a sign of racism and oppression. These actions are to change history and if anyone who questions this they will be labelled a bigot or a racist.

 

I have been criticised by comparing ISIS to ANTIFA but the matter of fact is they are very similar. Whilst ANTIFA have not yet gone out of their way to behead individuals their underlying actions one could argue are correlated.

 

ISIS ANTIFA
   
Wear black clothing and cover their faces Wear black clothing and cover their faces
Implement Sharia Law Implement a Marxist agenda
Destroy buildings, monuments, shrines etc Destroys personal and public property, monuments
Kill people for not conforming to ISIS Created negative labels to place on people who do not conform to their agenda
Use of violence Use of violence
Don’t like the current establishment and want to change it. Don’t like the current establishment and want to change it.

 

Both ISIS and ANTIFA have agenda’s, they will go out of their way to force this agenda on you. They mask their identity, they have no regard for your property, they will attack you if you don’t agree with them and they don’t like Western Culture. This should be a wakeup call, the alt-left won’t stop until they win.

Alt-Left’s PC Madness over #AustraliaDay #AusPol #invasionday

In the peoples republic of Victoria we have witnessed two local councils move a motion to ban Australia Day celebrations from 26th January to another date. This is nothing more than a politically correct move by the alt left to destroy Australia’s dynamic and prosperous history. Whilst everyone is salivating over this move I do want to remind people that local governments cannot and will not ever change Australia Day.

There are approximately 546 local councils in Australia. At this stage only three local councils have expressed that they will not support Australia Day on the 26th January. That is less than 1% of councils that are pushing this move. Whilst I agree that the City of Fremantle; City of Yarra and the City of Darebin should focus more attention on local government issues such as parks, bins, libraries and rates their alt left agenda is falling on deaf ears. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was angered by Yarra’s decision and decided to strip them off their Citizenship Ceremonies. The Labor Party on the other hand have been quiet on this issue and given that they are competing with the Greens over votes I would suspect that if we see a Labor Federal Government that is when we should be concerned. In saying that, in 2016, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten stated that  labor had no plans to change the date of Australia Day but was relaxed in having the conversation.

As a free market, free speech kinda guy, I don’t have an issue in having a conversation on this issue. A conversation on it means that we can dismiss the alt-left’s PC madness. I do urge however the right not to sharpen their knives just yet. Local Government has no real say in the matter. I would however urge the right to monitor the Federal Labor Party’s footsteps on this issue. According to the Polls they will be our next Government this is when we need to start sharping our knives.