Eight week campaign an important national test

image-20160506-5690-1bsuyyc.jpgWe are now off and running in the 2016 federal election race. It’s going to be a battle of endurance with a 55-day campaign sure to test the mettle of runners and support crew alike.

This election is the first double dissolution since 1987 and the first since Senate voting reforms were enacted earlier this year. That means the outcome in the Senate is almost impossible to predict accurately.

I’ll be seeking re-election to give continued voice for common sense conservatism and remind my colleagues of the principles upon which we should be making decisions on behalf of the Australian people.

I am very grateful for those who have chipped in to support my campaign so far. The level of commitment has been unbelievable with hundreds of individual donors contributing what they can.

That is what a true grassroots conservative movement should comprise and represent: the hopes, goals, aspirations and support of middle Australia.

Just as important have been the messages of goodwill and encouragement. At times it feels like conservatives really are swimming against the socialist regressive tide. It’s easy to think we are swimming alone but we are not.

There are hundreds of thousands of Australians with us who are yet to find their voice but rely on others to speak for them. They are the silent majority who apply common sense to their everyday lives and are suspicious of government promises and agendas.

They wonder how we got to the current circumstance of debt and deficit in such a short period of time without improving the lives of middle Australia.

They observe the results of the progressive social engineering experiment and question how did so many get it so wrong. The evidence is there for all to see. As we have lowered our standards, a plethora of societal problems have been on the increase.

It’s clear something isn’t working and we need to change the direction in which we are headed.

Instead of accepting reality, the leftists are doubling down on their corrosive bets with ever greater demands for accommodations of their latest whims. Should they win the result will be social dislocation, the likes of which we haven’t seen in many decades.

It will ultimately fall to conservatives to right the wrongs.

The big question now is what can be done to restore the values, principles and policy approach that is necessary for future success?

It starts with this election.

Put simply, if you want political outcomes that align with your views, choose representatives that represent your values and have the courage to stand by them.

I don’t see the point in protesting against a particular discontent by casting your lot with an even more destructive force. I can assure you, common sense conservatives will always have more influence over a Coalition Government than a Labor-Greens one.

In the Senate, we have seen the poor performance of those bereft of a core political philosophy, and we now need more Senators who have the courage of their informed convictions. Whether the new Senate voting system delivers this remains to be seen.

The next eight weeks will be a test for all of us. The campaign will test the patience of the electorate, it will test the endurance of the campaigners and it will test the objectiveness of the media.

Most importantly, it will be an important test for our nation, because the result could define us for a long time to come.


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  • commented 2016-06-23 17:28:20 +0930
    How we got to the current circumstance of debt and deficit in such a short period of time? It’s called the GFC, still less than a decade ago. Which Labor rescued us from by stimulating the economy.
  • commented 2016-05-27 11:27:05 +0930
    How come “We the People”haven’t been told about the ETS,which according to Hunt isn’t an ETS at all?
    Secret deal: Australia already has an ETS – carbon tax – starts in 5 weeks
    From Jo Nova.

    Get ready. The legislation was done on the last day Parliament sat in December. The Coalition government knew it would be popular with the voters who all want “carbon action” so they… buried the news. No cheering. No speeches.

    It apparently starts on July 1, and applies to 150 companies — about half our emissions. It’s a Cap N Trade system with “Caps” that can be screwed gently down as the climate warms to fill government coffers and raise electricity prices. The Direct Action plan auctions can be phased out and the SneakTax phased in. It could end up being the main game. A blank cheque.
    I smell a rat.
  • commented 2016-05-11 22:10:46 +0930
    Love your blog. Keep strong and know that were praying and supporting you.
  • commented 2016-05-11 19:09:48 +0930
    THE SENATE IS A HOUSE OF REVIEW and we can’t have Turnbull turn it into his own rubber stamp.
    And we can do with a lot less LABOR & TOXIC GREENS IN the Senate.
    VOTE CEC SENATE : OUR CANDIDATES AND POLICIES http://www.cecaust.com.au/election2016/
    For 28 years the CEC has fought as an independent political party for the principles of the common good and national sovereignty, in economic and foreign policy, which are needed today.
  • commented 2016-05-11 18:33:51 +0930
    Unfortunately I think Turnbull is going to go the same way as Malcolm Fraser in this totally unnecessary election. I thought Turnbull had some brains sadly I was mistaken!!
  • commented 2016-05-11 14:26:57 +0930
    With his seeming inability to control Aunty ABC, his pro Republic stance, pro global warming advocacy, his apparent inability to actually do “anything” constructive and a few other traits it seems to me that friend Turnbull is displaying many of the qualities of a dedicated Socialist/Communist.

    So much that he states appears Socialist based I find it almost frightening.
  • commented 2016-05-11 14:18:04 +0930
    I am afraid VERY VERY! Afraid. There are many, many people out here in the real world who cannot/will not vote for Turnbull or any of those who supported his political assassination of Tony Abbot.
    This gives rise to the very real possibility that the Liberal Party may be decimated and Shorten and his comrades will rein supreme sending this nation in being a Commmunist/ Socialist Regime for a very long time.
    Thank you Mr Turnbull