Orwellian influence in public discourse

Free-speech-img.jpgThe term ‘Orwellian’ has come to mean a cynical manipulation of language for the purpose of oppression. We see it in many facets of public life today and George Orwell wrote about the threats of such in many of his books. However, I doubt that even Orwell himself could have foreseen just how far this insidious process has progressed in such a short space of time.

Nowhere is it more prevalent than in the ‘debate’ about the redefinition of marriage. The advocates for change have determined that anyone opposed to changing the definition of one of our oldest social institutions is a ‘homophobe’. It is a term that has been levelled at me hundreds of times over the years and yet not one of my critics has been able to substantiate the slur with any factual evidence.

Sure, there are people who will disagree with my stance but simply disagreeing doesn’t constitute a ‘phobia’ of any description. Some seek to misquote my historical words back to me in a further smear but once again, they are relying on falsehoods to justify their cause. It happens all too often but most recently occurred on Monday night’s Q&A program.

An audience member sought to challenge the ‘homophobia’ within the Coalition, once again without providing any evidence, instead choosing to deliberately misrepresent my previous statements that redefining marriage to include same-sex couples will only lead to further calls for other changes down the track. It’s the lived experience overseas and we’d be foolish to think it wouldn’t happen here too.

However, truth and fact are no barriers to smears on the ABC even when the questions have been pre-screened. It is unfortunate that the sole guest Malcolm Turnbull didn’t correct the record and instead sought to appease the baying crowd when challenged by the left-leaning cheerleader and host Tony Jones.

By saying he’d had ‘firm discussions’ with ‘a number of colleagues’, Turnbull gave implicit support to the claim that myself and other Coalition MPs are ‘homophobic’ and implied that he’d had a conversation with me about ‘homophobia’. For the record I have never had such a conversation with any of my colleagues because they know that any such claims cannot be backed with facts.

How did we get to such a sorry state of affairs?  

It wasn’t that long ago that the entire Australian parliament agreed on what marriage was. According to the abusive militants they all must have been homophobes which I am sure is news to the likes of Penny Wong. Yes that’s right, she voted (along with a majority of senators) to keep marriage as it always has been when codified by the parliament in 2004.

She went even further during a television interview in 2010 when she said:

“On the issue of marriage I think the reality is there is a cultural, religious, historical view around that which we have to respect… that is an institution that is between a man and a woman.”

She is not alone. So many others across the political divide have been hoist on their own petard of hypocrisy and yet they are still regarded as credible voices by the media.

But haven’t we ‘progressed’ since then with a new culture of enlightenment and tolerance? The answer to that is a clear no. In fact, quite the opposite has occurred.

Enlightenment was built around rational change and the belief that knowledge was gained through accumulated experience. Critical to this process was sensible dialogue. It is notably absent in the current debate surrounding redefining marriage and a host of other areas of public policy.

Instead, we simply have demands for tolerance. Unfortunately that term has become Orwellian because when used by the social justice warrior it has a different meaning.

The demand for tolerance by leftists is nothing more than a thinly veiled insistence that you surrender your views, your values and your beliefs in favour of theirs. If you don’t, the name calling starts. You instantly become a ‘phobe’, a ‘bigot’ or worse. These slurs are designed to shut down any sensible dialogue or meaningful discussion about the subject matter at hand.

Unfortunately the tactic works and it has been embraced at the highest levels in our country. In an attempt to avoid any public criticism from the vocal minority, too many will meekly parrot the latest Orwellian terms to deflect attention from their shallow rhetoric.  

The country deserves better. We need political and community leadership that won’t meekly surrender to the voices who shout the loudest. We need public policy determined by the national interest rather than the narrow band of self-interest. Most importantly of all, if we are to make any inroads at all in restoring confidence in our political system, we need to confront the truth.

That means calling out the Orwellian influence at work within our public discourse and restoring common sense and straight talk that we can all rely on.


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  • commented 2016-07-05 14:43:30 +0930
    It seems Today that Free speech is only for gays and lefties. Anyone else is jumped on by the Mass Media. The comments made about Cory are hurtful and untrue.
    According to our present leaders, who find it hard to win even with the millions of advertising and Mass Media support of their Big Business mates, Pauline Hanson is to be shunned despite the millions that agree with her and the majority being born here, is that Democracy in action?
  • commented 2016-07-04 10:10:29 +0930
    I just read and agree with your comments on the election results, the leaders are not hearing mum and dad’s opinions, They put Pauline and Jacqui back in parliament, and now they must speak to them, not pretend their own supporters did not give them their votes, many folk who voted Liberal National in the house put people into the senate who will voice their worries out loud.
  • commented 2016-07-02 12:36:14 +0930
    Cory, since you’ve written: “The advocates for change have determined that anyone opposed to changing the definition of one of our oldest social institutions is a ‘homophobe’. It is a term that has been levelled at me hundreds of times over the years and yet not one of my critics has been able to substantiate the slur with any factual evidence.”

    The factual evidence I’d put forward that you are opposed to changing the definition of marriage to include same-sex relationships. There isn’t a non-homophobic reason for an enthusiastic supporter of marriage to want to exclude same-sex unions.

    The idea that recognising same-sex marriages will cause a slippery slope decline to interspecies marriages being recognised discloses your homophobic and bestialityphobic ideas and is about as sensible as thinking that if we extend a bit of freedom to freeway drivers and recognise 110km/h as a safe freeway speed limit that will automatically have implications for school zone speed limits.
  • commented 2016-07-01 10:12:52 +0930
    Good luck in the 2016 election Cory
  • commented 2016-06-29 13:04:19 +0930
    You really did name your Blog appropriately – a dose of common sense. I am very disappointed with the performance of the PM … but heaven help our country with Mr Shorten. Both have shown themselves to be popularise that vary what they stand for depending on what they think will garner votes. No wonder the electorate is cynical.

    Wishing you well for your re-election.
  • commented 2016-06-28 08:47:03 +0930
    Good luck on Saturday Cory. Keep the bastards honest.
  • commented 2016-06-27 09:33:09 +0930
    Hi, If you want proof the ABC is pushing it’s Gay, Greens, labor and “equal marriage rights Australia” agenda then look no further than the ‘Australia votes’ logo(ABC) of an Australia image in rainbow colours within prisms! The greens have used rainbow prisms in their coreflutes at election time for a long time. Also the “equal marriage rights Australia” have a similar image of Australia in rainbow style colours. To me it is a very subtle, subliminal message to get votes towards the gay party’s?
    So question is who commissioned the Australia image in rainbow colours or is the designer pushing their views through clever graphics? I think the media ‘ABC’ should report without bias!
  • commented 2016-06-26 02:51:24 +0930
    Dear Corey,
    Far and away the biggest problem Australia faces is a hugely taxpayer funded media organisation (the ABC) which refuses to follow or obey the conditions (its charter) for it receiving those funds, or indeed for its establishment. Now aggressively advocating and promulgating far left propaganda, which probably represents less than 13% of the population (Green left). With huge public funds behind it, time and again it continues to work against the national interest and elected government in the spreading of its radical ideology.

    YET, our politicians (Liberal mainly) are afraid of it, refusing to stop this massive public rort, even when they are constantly deprecated buy it, and even when it becomes instrumental in removing them from office (as with Tony Abbott).

    The result is a society and political culture being made sick, and a country being dragged down and trashed, and paying to have it done! Has no one the guts to put a stop to this travesty and sick joke??
    Regards Newell
  • commented 2016-06-25 12:24:16 +0930
    You’ve nailed it Cory. In the Orwellian rhetoric, terms like “love”, “tolerance”, or any “phobia” tend to mean something very different from what you’d find in the dictionary. It’s merely an insidious form of lying. Good on you Cory for standing up for us little people.
  • commented 2016-06-24 22:50:06 +0930
    Cory, thank you for being one of the few voices of reason and courage. I am so grateful that you are strong enough to put yourself out there, to weather the abuse that flies you way, whether it be from the feckless opposition, the complicit media, or your weak leader. It was a disgrace how he threw you under the bus this week, just to maintain his own (spiralling downward) popularity with the leftists. I completely agree with you that our country deserves better and that we need “political and community leadership that won’t meekly surrender to the voices who shout the loudest”. Thankfully we have you to represent us. Unfortunately with malcolm turnbull, we don’t get that. I am so disgusted with him (and that the Liberals voted Tony Abbott out and replaced him with turnbull). Keep up the good work.
  • commented 2016-06-24 19:59:23 +0930
    To Deborah Perks:
    You say it so well " Turnbull is a spineless and an enormous coward".

    I saw him respond to the question regarding Sen Bernardi on Q+A, it made me sit up…surely I thought Turnbull would say that he supports individual beliefs, ……surely he would back a member of his party to make his own (Bernardi’s) point.
    But what happened he slid like a snake, seeking to be conformist to the sleazy argument of all those who want SSM legalised.

    Understand Deborah there is a GOD I have no doubt that there is a power and a presence that transcends anything we mortals can comprehend….I have experienced same, in a way that others could not believe.
    I am not a good christian I understand some of my foibles…not all but enough to make me realise that GOD sees it all. Scripture states clearly that the Lord allows free will to all mankind….BUT there is a limit and woe be tied when man’s foolishness will be bought to account.
    Marriage is a decree from GOD it is not mans prerogative to mess with something as iron clad that it is.
    Idiots like Shorten and Wong are seen as the embarrassments that they are.
    As many others have said on this site….it is time for honest leaders to take the helm.
    This election will yield I am sure a significant increase in the number of small independent identities.
    It will scare the pants of the Liberals, Labor and the pathetic GREENS.

    The likes of Leyonhjelm, Muir, Lazarus, and others have shown that they do make a contribution to the country they serve, Turnbull will get a shock when he realises that the ‘dumb electorate’ are disenchanted with the way things are going.

  • commented 2016-06-24 17:41:44 +0930
    Well said, Cory. Many blessings for election day.
  • commented 2016-06-24 15:26:39 +0930
    Good work Cory on fighting for Tony’s comeback, Turnbull’s past crimes need to be exposed and he needs to be kicked to the curb. The cats don’t forget what you’ve done Malcolm! https://glocalpundit.com/2016/06/24/turnbull-scratched-by-calls-for-cat-murder-justice/
  • commented 2016-06-24 15:14:46 +0930
    Dear Cory
    We really appreciate your courage and strength to talk the talk and walk the walk.
    Unlike many other politicians (and journalists), you are a gentleman with principles. I You should become the Prime Minister in the next government if the Liberals win. Otherwise, you should seriously consider forming your own party with other like minded honest politicians. Hope all politicians can learn a lesson from the UK referendum on EU. People have stopped listening to both Conservatives and Labor!
  • commented 2016-06-24 15:06:17 +0930
    A great article Cory, reminding us all of how hypocritical so many of our politicians are and how easily and quickly they have changed their positions on same sex marriage to suit political correctness and their personal agendas. Turnbull is the classic case in point. He stumbled with his words when answering Tony Jones’s interruptive question. All he could get out was some lie about rebuking you. How pathetic did he look! I hope YOU will have some “stern” words to Turnbull, when you meet. I will vote for the LNP candidate in Kingston because he is new and had nothing to do with Abbott’s knifing and I will put you as my number 1 vote, below the line, on the Senate paper. I am eagerly waiting for you to form your own Conservative Party which encompasses Christian values, the nuclear family, sensible and honest policies and which will give a voice to a large number of people who have become disillusioned with mainstream politics and political correctness.
  • commented 2016-06-24 12:42:49 +0930
    I completely agree Corey, Orwell would be proud of this mob, Malcolm Turnbull is as much to blame as the Safe Schools Communists, he’s freezing free speech just like he froze his ex girlfriend Fiona Watson’s poor cat. #kittygate
  • commented 2016-06-24 08:46:43 +0930
    To Lachlan R Dale.

    MOST??? Australians find your ( Cory’s ) views offensive”

    I think you did your head count in a gay bar.
  • commented 2016-06-24 08:40:32 +0930
    Any bets on how soon some clown declares they want to marry their dog?

    Trust me if it hasn’t happened already ITIS COMING!!!!
  • commented 2016-06-23 21:47:08 +0930
    Most people are not homophobic at all, even those that don’t agree with gay marriage. They simply believe that marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman in the most natural sexual context. This whole sexual debate is quite disturbing. There is way too much focus on queer behaviours and sexual fantasies. As a society we lose our way, we become shallow and self serving when that is chosen as an all important focus. Instead we should be having mature important debates about how to look after our homeless, and care for our elderly. All I can say is thank goodness there are still some Politicians who are prepared to stick their hands up for the rest of us…and risk the nastiness that ensues. Thank you Cory. I do hope that this Country will have that plebiscite. It is the only fair way to make a decision about something which will have far reaching consequences for the next generation. (not that this generation seems to care)
  • commented 2016-06-23 20:33:10 +0930
    Well done Cory. Please keep fighting for our real values. the last two paragraphs are particularly good. You got my number one vote under the line, Anne was number two .then Bob Day etc. You are also in my prayers each day. Henry Dalton
  • commented 2016-06-23 19:22:20 +0930
    I couldn’t agree more Cori, thank you for your constant work to keep Australia sane.
  • commented 2016-06-23 18:02:58 +0930
    “… redefining marriage to include same-sex couples will only lead to further calls for other changes down the track. It’s the lived experience overseas and we’d be foolish to think it wouldn’t happen here too.”

    This is a poor argument anyway (“If we let blacks and women vote, then are we eventually going to let criminals, plants and aliens vote??”), but can you provide strong evidence for this pal? It seems strange that you’d make such a claim without giving references in a piece accusing the opposition of lacking them.

    Here is you from 2008 by the way:

    “Is it fair that same-sex couples be treated the same as married couples? I say no … It is offensive in that it seeks to make the treatment in Commonwealth law of same-sex couples as virtually identical to that of married couples … I suspect that, as much of the same-sex literature suggests, the ultimate goal of the same-sex lobby is indeed to destroy marriage by defining it out of existence. And we in this place are being asked to contribute to the demise.”

    Your opposition to providing same sex couples the ability to marriage is ignorant and bigoted. Most Australians find your views offensive. If you want to argue whether this constitutes a legitimate phobia I think you’ve missed the point.
  • commented 2016-06-23 17:54:55 +0930
    Oh Cory, I think you should be P.M mate but I have to wonder (again) why you aren’t an independent?
  • commented 2016-06-23 17:48:49 +0930
    Why do we continue to expect those with irrational beliefs in improbable, supernatural gods to act ethically, morally and rationally, when they are clearly not up to it?
  • commented 2016-06-23 17:11:39 +0930
    Donald Mcpherson. It is not ‘only’ ministers of the church who are meant to be true to God. It is everyone.
    Homosexual/transgender can not marry because it is not ‘marriage’. Let us remember what the definition of marriage is. It is between man and woman.
    They want to redefine a meaning. Just like they ruined the word ‘gay’ and the spirit of the ‘rainbow’.
    The LGTBXYZ clan are about destroying all that is good. They ‘do’ attack Christian’s who do not approve of their ways, and believe me they will not stop until they see good people of the church are put in prison. – Believe me this will happen!
    No, I am not personally against homosexuals. But I am against them enforcing a ‘new’ ideology on the world.
  • commented 2016-06-23 17:07:34 +0930
    I saw Bernardi’s SSM debate against Wong. Suffice to say, both ‘homophobe’ and ‘bigot’ are fully applicable.

    Also, Cory’s not the only one with a blog to use as a soapbox.

  • commented 2016-06-23 16:33:20 +0930
    I believe that with Gay marriage that there are 2 issues that should be addressed. Firstly , in this day and age Gay marriage in some form should go ahead . The Gay community should have the right to publicly commit to a union between two consenting adults , and have that relationship recognised by law as giving the individuals rights and obligations equal to heterosexual marriage . Secondly , that at this time it is against the teachings of the bible and such no church or minister who follows the Lord , should be forced to perform a Gay Marriage or to be prosecuted in criminal or civil courts for failing to perform a Gay Marriage.The minister or the church is following the word of God and must remain true to God.