Breaking the culture siege

I am writing this week’s comment at 35,000 feet en route to Townsville in Northern Queensland. It’s the final stop on a speaking tour discussing our nation and the role all of us can play in shaping its future.

Every event has been a full house, suggesting that many Australians are truly searching for a better way.

And a better way isn’t just the catchy three word slogan of Australian Conservatives. It is both a mission statement and an aspiration. It gives hope to the many who know that whatever is going on now doesn’t seem to be working for them or the country.

Whatever metric you choose, the body politic is failing the Australian people. Six Prime Ministers in ten years, declining educational standards, law and order problems, skyrocketing utility prices, an explosion of national debt… I could go on but I am sure you get the picture.

Put simply, the more the political class legislate to fix things the worse things seem to get. We need to change that.

The Australian Conservatives will apply our uniting principles to the questions and challenges confronting us and always seek to find a better way.

As I told the crowd of over 450 people in Brisbane last night, it doesn’t mean any one of us has all the answers. Individually, we bring our unique gifts and skills and talents into the battle of ideas. But together, those gifts complement each other and strengthen our capabilities. Through working together, our individual differences become a source of strength rather than isolation.

That’s what being a community is all about. It’s that sense of belonging and contributing to something bigger than oneself that strengthens families, clubs, cities and nations. It strengthens political parties too.

However, all communities need ties that bind. They need the thread of continuity that runs through all so that we may be drawn together.

At the most basic level that thread is familial. In a political party it is idea, vision and values. As a nation, it is culture.

WDCS_culturequote_TEXTONLY_LESSPAD_WHITE.pngCulture is our language, our traditions, our laws and our expectations of each other. It emerges over successive generations, each one building upon the previous, bringing us ever closer.

Except that’s not what’s happening now. There is a new force at work within our culture. It isn’t of us and it isn’t working for us. Many refer to it as globalisation but it can take on many monikers.

Despite the reckoning of many pundits, globalisation isn’t about free trade or international markets. Those forces can and do work to our advantage. They provide local businesses with export opportunities and local consumers with a broader range of more competitively-priced goods.

Rather, globalisation is a direct attack on our national sovereignty and self-determination.

It sees unelected bureaucrats in supra-national bodies influencing our domestic agenda through groupthink, peer pressure and intimidation.

The best example is the United Nations. Formed in 1945 for the purpose of preventing another world war through dialogue, it now sees itself as a quasi-world government.

It dictates refugee policy, spruiks the great global warming scam, redefines marriage, smoking policy and so many other virtue-signalling and identity-politics agendas that it has simply become a vehicle for the globalists to push their view.

The UN’s stacked resolutions and dodgy reports are used by political outfits like the Greens to undermine our domestic policy agenda in favour of someone else’s.

These people truly believe they are the enlightened powers that should be running a world of open borders and wealth redistribution in order to save us all. Perhaps that should be ‘enslave’ us all.

It’s time for that to change. We need to reassert our self-determination. That means we need to revisit the treaties, agreements and pacts of decades past to make sure they are working in our interest.

Let’s review them to see if they are achieving what we thought they would. We could start with the UNHCR refugee treaty. It was written in 1951 and the driving forces and key players have changed since then.

Just as every prudent person would insist that every contract has a termination or review date, so too should we insist on reviewing our government’s international agreements at regular intervals.

It will help ensure a check is kept on the agenda that is intent on diminishing, rather than strengthening Australia.


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  • commented 2017-07-26 14:06:21 +0930
    I think that we should not only have termination dates on UN resolutions but we should also scrap all existing UN resolutions, and over a number of years, reconsider every one of them based on what Australia wants. For far too long the UN have had automatic acceptance of any and all resolutions.
    This has been historically the case since a minor public servant signed us up with the UN.
    Australia is still supposed to be a democratic country and as such must insist that all legislation is debated in parliament and passed only by a majority vote on the floor.
    The UN is irrelevant in this day and age. It should be pushed back into the shadows and left to die a slow lingering death.
    We either live by democratic rule or we are officially a dictatorship.
    I would like to think we are still a democracy.
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  • commented 2017-07-26 13:35:24 +0930
    The godless heathen values of the communist globalist islamist left are the antithesis of judeo-christianity, hence the moral and spiritual decline we have witnessed over the past fifty years since the globalists forced their evil and selfish way of life on everyone around them. Doctrine of envy, greed and failure for sure.
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  • commented 2017-07-26 13:03:49 +0930
    I think Australia should stop funding to many of the UN bodies, especially UNHCR. Australia’s refugee policy is for Australia to determine, not a group of off-shore parties who have no interest in Australia’s welfare. I get most annoyed when a UN person visits Australia and criticises what we do. These people never suggest that we send the refugees to their countries instead. Just talk and no action. I believer the UN is past its used-by-date. It is unable to solve any world issues and just creates problems. So, Cory, I am in agreement with you. Just convince the others in Parliament!!
  • commented 2017-07-23 19:05:31 +0930
    …we need to revisit the treaties, agreements and pacts of decades past to make sure they are working in our interest…
    I agree. Is CIR a major (core) policy for your party? If Not, why Not?
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  • commented 2017-07-21 01:23:14 +0930
    Problem solving. There are volumes written on the subject however it is rare to see the process completed in online forum. Cory highlights one in this blog – a look at the UN. What he points out is useful if the UN was important to Australia, which apart from the wasteful expenditure of tax dollars needed elsewhere, it really isn’t. As he says, it is an organisation formed in a past era for reasons no longer relevant. Now it is a relic used as a make-work tool for bureaucrats.
    The bureaucrat issue also informs the comment about the political class and their inability to solve problems. Bureaucrats have a vested interest in not solving, but prolonging problems, it is their livelihood. Yet it is bureaucrats that for many of our elected representatives are the single source of information used to form policy. Tonight I heard the tragic story of a returned soldier who took his own life not because of the PTSD he brought home with him, but because the bureaucrats in the Department of Veterans Affairs could not provide real assistance without all the forms filled out correctly. The cynic in me is certain that the minister has already been briefed by a bureaucrat saying that this would not have happened if only the form had been set out a little differently. Government metrics measure process, not outcome.
    The NSW division of the Liberal party will decide this weekend if their members can participate in their own party. This is something that the SA division has had since before I became a member yet this was the very reason I chose to leave them. For while the SA Liberal constitution sets out the way for members to be heard, it is not what actually happens. It is my very dear hope that when the Australian Conservatives get established, it will be the members who set the policy and the elected that have the job of presenting and driving that policy through the politics. This is I believe what Cory meant when he talked about the battle of ideas and the sense of community. As I tried to tell the Liberals, when members can invest themselves and take ownership of their party they will go out of their way to look after it.
    While reading Cory’s comments on our culture it occurred to me that a problem has been described, quite accurately, but no solution offered. Yes the UN is part of the problem along with group think etcetera and yes, uniting Australians against an external body may go some way toward strengthening us. But I don’t believe it will be enough because there is too many who are dividing us from the inside. I think we need to rebuild our Aussie culture back to a point where we are sure of and can take pride and delight in who we are. I think we need to be offending the offenderazzi to tears, and then tell ‘em to grow up. We are who we are because we have always taken the things we like from different immigrating cultures as our own and discarded the things we don’t. It is true that Middle Eastern cultures are incompatible with our own however; if the Aussie was thriving those foreign cultures would be proud Aussies within a generation, as were many others prior to our being told we had to be multicultural.
  • commented 2017-07-20 16:34:11 +0930
    I have been reading Edmund Burke lately (about time at my age) and while I don’t agree with all he says he has much useful stuff to say. True conservatism, which is partly ideological and partly pragmatic, needs to be paraded more and more before thinking people. The subtle and not so subtle attacks on the good aspects of our society and culture may have at least some serious opposition about as people with Cory’s attributes and beliefs come to the party, so to speak.
  • commented 2017-07-20 14:05:24 +0930
    Culture, in it’s most basic definition, is simply religion externalized
  • commented 2017-07-19 21:09:04 +0930
    I’ve been feeding pigs lately and have noticed that when we as humans stray from good moral conduct, we end up behaving like them. Instead of putting others first and ensuring fairness for all, in the rush to get our snouts into the choicest bits, we trample and waste good resources. The moral code of conduct that this country has been built upon is slowly being rewritten by another one called mayhem. Every human being has a moral code of conduct. There is to be a separation of powers of church and state, but not the separation of church and state. The state needs the church and the church needs the state. What countries do refugees want to flock to? Countries that that have built their moral code of conduct on "love your neighbor as yourself "?
  • commented 2017-07-19 20:45:42 +0930
    I certainly agree with your emphasis on the ongoing loss of freedom and how it is frequently inspired by the global attacks on national sovereignty, often by means of accepting without question groups like the United Nations. I also agree with the proposal to revisit many of the decisions that are contributing to our loss of freedom and downgrading our democratic way of life (with it’s laws which are mainly derived from Judeo-Christian principles). I hope that together, we in the party can engender a national non-partisan way of making such decisions in a relatively timely manner, without resorting to the autocratic (yet legal) methods used by past leaders as exemplified by the current US administration, and various parliamentary leaders.
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  • commented 2017-07-19 15:55:11 +0930
    The U.N. is an old world solution that cannot deal with the problems we face today. In fact since it’s inception it has failed to stop numerous wars and attrocities. The “Superpowers” have the right of veto and do so in their own best interests.

    Australia would be better off if we made our own decisions on matters that directly effect us.
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