Tackling the real issues at hand

ice.jpgThis missive is being written around a campfire in regional South Australia whilst enjoying the serenity and majesty of the Australian outback.

Experiencing ‘remoteness’ - what I would describe as the removal from things we often take for granted - is fantastic for the soul and for providing perspective.

Whilst I am working within my electorate, I only have sporadic access to the internet and must rely on ABC radio for my daily news. Luckily I can adeptly apply my political filter to what comes across the airwaves and ignore the rest!

The week began with a wonderful commemoration of ANZAC Day. I can’t readily explain why this day takes on a different complexion in remote communities. Perhaps because it’s genuinely a community event - a happening that takes an entire town out of their cosy nests to stop and reflect on those who have given more than we ever will.

Regional communities also display a practical application of common sense that gives me cause for optimism. Despite the media saturation of certain issues, they are met with a healthy level of scepticism by the quintessential Australian realists.

I am yet to enter a pub, community meeting or casual chat in a shop where some of the populist issues pushed by the press gallery feature prominently.

For the record, on this tour and every one before, not one person has raised transgender issues with me.

Instead, they tell me how worried they are about foreign investment - particularly in agricultural land - and what politicians are doing to our country. They think national debt is a modern form of servitude and that their lives are not relevant to Australia’s political leadership.

One chap today, who volunteers as the leader of the local AA chapter, told me in graphic detail about the destructive impact of the drug ice on his community. One poignant story involved a young father who actually celebrated being imprisoned as a means of dealing with his addiction, knowing his young family would be better off with him locked away.

We talked about the progression of mind-numbing substances across community acceptance; what began with alcohol morphed into marijuana use and onward through a range of opiates, pills and other synthetics.

His take was that until people are made to feel responsible for themselves and ‘empowered’ they will proceed down a path that eventually requires others to pick up the pieces.

Society is now picking up the pieces of the indulgent leftist approach and culture of the past 70 years.

Our governments are broke or at least running unsustainable deficits, built around social engineering programs. We have diminished the importance of family to redefine it to mean almost anything and for every human failing, a new medical diagnosis (requiring a government subsidy) seems to be found.

It’s clear to me that a day of reckoning approaches. The public discontent with politics, the economy and our civil society is building to a crescendo. The final gong will eventually be felt, perhaps not at this next election but I sense the warning signs will be there for all to see.

It’s time we started to heed them.

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  • commented 2016-06-22 15:35:47 +0930
    The public discontent with politics etc may be building to a crescendo, but there has to be a plan for what to do next.

    If the Westminster style of parliamentary democracy isn’t cutting it in this age of constant change and new technology, what form of government will work?

    Maybe it’s time for Senator Bernardi to write a blog on “a better system of government to replace the existing one”.
  • commented 2016-05-05 03:07:32 +0930
    Cory, unlike some politicians, I have utmost respect for you , because I know you have good morals and you tell it as it is…keep going mate…you will get my vote no doubt.
  • commented 2016-05-04 11:29:18 +0930
    Why oh why is Corey not Prime minister rather than Tweedledee or Tweedeldum ???
    Bryan & Beverly Mulholland.
  • commented 2016-05-03 11:09:42 +0930
    lf we want to see something different in Australia let’s all do something radically different as a nation.

    LET’S ALL VOTE FOR MINOR PARTIES THAT ARE COMMON SENSE BASED!
  • commented 2016-05-02 15:44:31 +0930
    What is driving Australia to the precipice of ruin at the hands of a political class so heavily infected with the cancer of the progressive left? A coalition of Greens/Labour/Left-leaning cross-benchers/confused leftist LIberals are insanely blithering their way to a federal election where practically ZERO sensible policies are being proposed and, far worse, the real problems confronting our nation are being ignored or they are trying so stupid that they cant see them??? What is going on Cory? You are an oasis of common sense in desert of sheer madness and a wilderness of utter cluelessness!!!
    It is lamentable that all the attention given in the media and public comment by our politicians about Donald Trump is overwhelmingly negative, and so many people are failing to ask why so many ordinary Americans are voting for him. The issues there are very similar to the issues we face here: Growing public and private debt; falling standards of living; increasingly unaffordable housing (for buyers and renters but not for an endless trail of high net worth foreign buyers); uncontrollable islamic radicalisation; escalating youth unemployment and the list goes on. Conservative commentators are right when they say it will probably take a major financial catastrophe in Australia to flush out the rot of left wing fanaticism and its myriad of socially progressive/social engineering projects and to see sensible conservative/nation building philosophies put in place amongst our political classes. We can only hope that common sense will prevail before that day comes.
  • commented 2016-04-30 21:14:36 +0930
    lf we want to see something different in Australia, let’s all do something radically different that we haven’t done before as a nation!

    LET’S ALL VOTE FOR MINOR PARTIES THAT ARE COMMON SENSE BASED!
  • commented 2016-04-30 09:23:26 +0930
    Aaah, Cory – a campfire, a hot plate, succulent steaks, a cold beer or two (or perhaps that should be wine, given it is S.A.), good company to yarn with, a swag to lay back upon and the wide firmament to gaze up at – and to feel as one with nature.
    What more could one ask?
    Perhaps reaching the destination on two wheels, riding free?
    Not much different to the way life was, working out in the bush in the early 60’s – except we had tents instead of swags, no refrigeration, carbide lamps for lighting – and we reckoned we were well off. We did, however, often wonder what the rest of the country was doing and if they thought they were hard done by.
    Keep working towards a better future for this country – so far I suspect you are making a difference (notwithstanding the output from talking heads, that we have to suffer unwillingly on the off chance that we might actually receive some real ‘news’).
    My eldest lad emits lotsa giggles when I direct harsh words towards the TV and hit the channel change (or ‘off’ button) on the remote.
    Thank goodness for the NBN fixed wireless broadband up here in rural C.Q.
  • commented 2016-04-29 20:10:33 +0930
    Cory – I look at the drug issues – Standard problem, Poor policing and the most pathetic courts, very few penalties if any, serious offenders and multiple offenders given bail time and time again and community based orders ( a nothing penalty ) by our left wing PC Green appointed judges and magistrates. Would the federal government consider changing the laws regarding the way judges are appointed and dismissed and their terms of performance used to access their suitability for appointments and dismissal nationally. As the current system is so totally out of date and so far removed from community expectations, and most likely developed by judges and lawyers to please their empires. This is why we have such poor court standards when it does not matter as they have a job for life, irrespective how bad their performance is. Have a chat with Turnball – instead of wasting millions and billions on Green scams, endless appointments of more do nothing public servants, more office rentals / renovations to accommodate them, SSM etc spend some funding and build more jails in every state. Basic Concrete and Steel nothing flash, just basic jails – It will create jobs and protect the community.
  • commented 2016-04-29 14:26:30 +0930
    If I might suggest a “pop-culture” analogy of what is happening today – you are in a zombie movie but you are not infected.
    For you, the average person, finding out what caused the zombie outbreak is not most critical, rather than fighting for the survival of your family – oh and taking out as many zombies as possible.
    Obviously in this movie the zombies are the cult of useful-idiot, libtard, cultural-marxists who want open borders, transgender bathrooms, the end of the family and the end of the west in a “race to the bottom.”
    Of course, what caused the zombie infection is important, because it can thereby be curtailed, a cure found etc
    But at this point, it is a fight for survival and we must support people like Cory Bernardi and FIGHT for our heritage and our culture.
    As to the cause, it arose from the devious cleverness of the left, that their message was embedded in “cool” rock and roll culture and IT AROSE FROM OUR OWN COMPLACENCY.
    The fact of the matter is that the left won the battle for western academia in the 1950/60s such that they are staffed by radicalised progressive libtards.
    Arguably the only acceptable social role option open to university educated kids to adopt is “social justice warrior”.
    They don’t tell the kids that socialism killed 100 million people in the 20th century – they gloss over that bit.
    And the social engineers who run the leftists and who seek total technocratic control of this planet know full well that western people are altruistic.
    Just look how much money Australians contributed after the Tsunami to people of a different nationality, culture and race that we will never even see.
    They exploit our altruism to pathological levels.
    And the left wants to give away what our ancestors worked and died for – without our consent!
    There is clearly a war on Christianity and western values.
    We are taught to be ashamed of the accomplishments of our ancestors and we are riddled with “white-guilt”.
    SA’s own Department for Communities and Social Inclusion routinely churns out anti-male, anti-family propaganda like there’s no tomorrow.
    Government and mainstream media are infected with a radical, leftist slant.
    Public opinion is steered and nudged using via social media which employs groupthink and political correctness to “cry-bully” non-compliant free-thinkers.
    The whole sick cult is monitored by a volunteer army of pathetic yet fanatical SJWs – the like of whom attacked Mr Bernardi’s office recently.
    The fanaticism is so wild that one sometimes wonders if there is a demonic force behind it.
    But there is also good news – people are sick of the anti-family, anti-Christian, cultural-marxist pornography peddled by the left.
    In addition to troopers like Cory Bernardi, Professor Darrell Hamamoto, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, Richard Spencer (look them up), the Jungian “shadow” of the sick leftist cult approaches.
    The “Alt Right” is growing world-wide and will shift the Overton window to the right (if it doesn’t smash it).
    As evidenced by Donald Trump’s massive popularity, there is massive existing dissatisfaction with the deceptive, PC, mainstream narrative.
    Keep up the great work Corey and to all the non-infected out there – we will prevail because we are in the right.
    And remember, life is meant to be enjoyed – mocking humourless libtards is more fun than shooting zombies in a FPS game.
    Prestoz
  • commented 2016-04-29 11:01:10 +0930
    Thank you Cory for your commonsense. You have our full support. If ever you decide to start the Conservative/Commonsense Party of Australia I would be more than happy to promote your ideas.
  • commented 2016-04-28 23:34:56 +0930
    Reading about our deficit reminds me, in a round about way, of Kevin Rudd’s response on Q&A to a question asked about his stance on gay marriage. He pointed out the bible’s acceptance of slavery. Thinking about our present condition, I would say that although we have ‘freedom’ we are probably greater slaves than those of bible times. At least they had guaranteed food and lodging. And they had one day to themselves a week. Now the average worker no longer knows if he/she can earn a full weeks wage because more companies are employing casual workers. Workers in the service industry are called on to work through public holidays,nights and weekends. Sure they are making lots of money but they have no personal life. I’m sounding a bit like a socialist here, but I support democratic prosperity. However if that prosperity is not hooked up to integrity and honesty, it will be like a train on a collision course with no-one at the controls, because everyone is looking after their own interests.
  • commented 2016-04-28 19:58:06 +0930
    I came here in 1966 as a tourist and found this:

    No crime to speak of
    No need to lock doors and/or windows
    No need to lock cars
    Safe to go for a walk at night
    Plenty of parking everywhere, including the CBD
    No traffic problems
    Highest standard of living/quality of life
    Friendly and trusting people
    No ethnic gettoes
    No racial tensions
    Affordable housing in inner city suburbs
    Cheap local seafood and meat
    Big middle class, some rich, little poverty
    REAL low unemployment
    Simple Income Tax Assessment Act
    Little to no government interference with our lives
    Governments didn’t hand out money to buy votes
    No “society owes me a living”mentality
    Governments’ annual budgets didn’t make headlines
    100% cover by Private Health Insurance
    Seafood at the local pub/club was Australian
    We lived in a country not an economy.

    We had none of the problems Central Europe had.
    Comparing Australia of today with the country back then one can only arrive at one conclusion:
    Governments/politicians at all levels have failed miserably to serve the people who voted for them. They have failed to maintain our quality of life!
    The real tragedy is that our former “leaders” seem to be proud of their “achievements”, the media, wit few exceptions, revers them, and the taxpayer fund their undeserved life-long pensions and other perks.
    I feel sorry for the current and future generations who will never know how great this place once was.
  • commented 2016-04-28 18:05:06 +0930
    Public Banks

    For the 12th consecutive year, the head of the Bank of North Dakota reported record net income to the nation’s only state-owned bank to state officials.

    Eric Hardmeyer, president of Bank of North Dakota, provided the North Dakota Industrial Commission with the bank’s final 2015 annual report on Wednesday. For 2015, the bank reported about $130.7 million in net income, cruising past the $111 million reported for 2014.

    “This was a record-setting year for the Bank of North Dakota,” Hardmeyer said. “A lot of growth over the past 10 years.”

    In 2004, when the streak of consecutive years of record income began, income was at approximately $34.2 million.

    Total bank assets for 2015 totaled about $7.41 billion, up slightly from the $7.22 billion reported in 2014.

    Loans reached new heights in 2015 at $4.34 billion, up from nearly $3.9 billion the previous year. The largest chunk of the increase came from student and business loans.

    Bank deposits were also up slightly in 2015 at $5.8 billion, up from $5.73 billion the previous year.

    Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who sits on the three-member Industrial Commission, pointed out that in 2006 deposits were at $1.62 billion.

    “It’s incredible what’s happened to our deposits,” Goehring said.

    Hardmeyer told the commission 2016 is already off to a strong start, delivering the bank’s first quarter 2016 report after completing his presentation of the annual report.

    “We’re on course for another record-setting year. They continue to look good,” Hardmeyer said of the numbers.

    Net income for the first quarter of 2016 was at $37.5 million. This was compared to $34.5 million in the first quarter of 2015.

    Hardmeyer also updated the commission on the Farm Financial Stability Loan Program.

    The commission authorized the bank to begin offering the program beginning Dec. 1. Up to $300 million is available for farmers statewide who need to replenish their working capital or restructure existing debts in order to allow for cash flow relief.

    The program will run through June 30 or until all the funds are lent. Eligible borrowers must be North Dakota farmers able to prove a cash flow shortage in 2014 or 2015. Borrowers also must prove they can repay and have an operating line of credit for the 2016 crop year approved.

    Through the end of March there had been 276 loans approved totaling $124 million. Hardmeyer said he expects the program to top out at about $150 million.

    “We overshot on that area,” Hardmeyer said.

    The bank is authorized to participate in up to 75 percent in either loans for livestock and equipment or real estate loans. The loans are capped at $1.5 million for a real estate loan and $750,000 for livestock and equipment loans.

    Under the program interest rates can be variable or fixed. For those choosing variable interest rates the interest rate would be set at 1 percent below the Bank of North Dakota’s base rate, which is 3.25 percent. For those choosing fixed rates they would be locked in at 3.75 percent for five years.

    (Reach Nick Smith at 701-250-8255 or 701-223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.
  • commented 2016-04-28 15:37:23 +0930
    I would really like a good objective investigative journalist to find out how this tsunami of LGBT activists, who are a VERY small minority in our Western populations, have the power and the considerable money needed to finance their apparent intended destruction of values/ family/ freedom of speech.
    It has been obvious for some time that it’s a coordinated attack in the Western societies.
    I want to know who, why, how and how they’re achieving so much support from moral free zones like big companies and a no. of politicians.
  • commented 2016-04-28 13:41:50 +0930
    The intended destruction of marriage and therefore the family structure is a fulfilment of Psalm 2:1-3, nations and rulers trying to break free from the bonds of God and of Christ. Read Psalm 2:4-12 for the response from heaven.
    Thank you Cory for doing what you do. We bless you in Jesus name.
  • commented 2016-04-28 12:02:26 +0930
    God is no longer considered relevant. Marriage is what we decide it will be. Women have the right to terminate the life of their babies. There is NO fear of God or judgment. God’s Word, like God, is irrelevant and yet fulfilled prophecy demonstrates God knows the future. The events unfolding in our day are foretold in scripture. God is judging nations and it will escalate further as they despise God’s ways and laws. The Safe Schools programme, gay marriage and lawful abortion will eventually bring God’s judgment on this nation.
  • commented 2016-04-28 08:49:22 +0930
    We need you Cory to outflank Sen Xenephon. He did more work than publicly known, behind the scenes early last year, to ensure the Govt took corrective action for ship building here in Adelaide. Please do the same for us to take back this Australian Ice Breaking Ship planned to be built in Europe, for it to be built here in SA. What can you do Cory for this to happen? And be bold, some outspokenness on this in the media, as you do, is the way to go. There has been no media attention on this, let’s build this new ship here, it can be done, just ask them at Osborne as I have, we CAN DO IT!!
    It’s great that you are our Conservative Beacon and it keeps the Govt on it’s toes re Conservative values, but this is our chance for you to be one step ahead of Sen Xenephon!!!
  • commented 2016-04-28 08:10:14 +0930
    Great read. I will pray because it seems our countries leaders can’t seem to get it right, but God can guide them if they listen. So friends remember to pray.
  • commented 2016-04-28 07:59:30 +0930
    Real leaders offer real solutions.
  • commented 2016-04-28 06:08:09 +0930
    Corey, thank you very much for your words. The problems you raise need to be addressed urgently throughout our nation. Chris Parsons
  • commented 2016-04-28 00:05:10 +0930
    Tell our country brothers there is no need to worry about the gay/transgender scene here in the Adelaide CBD. Council has signed off around $90k of their ratepayers’ money on proceeding with the gay rainbow pathway in Light Sq. I think they think it says something, although I am not really sure what. I think Council believes it will be a tourist magnet, once again I am not really quite sure why. I am sure that if it costs $90k to paint and given the lightness of some of the colours, it will cost ratepayers some $90k every year just to maintain it from wear and tear and fading, not to mention that it would be illogical to expect it to receive special exemption from the local militia (graffiti vandals). Now we will need some memorial for transgender people. No disrespect intended to gay or transgender people but, Adelaide City Council, please don’t cry poor all the time and perhaps consider trying to operate your budget like it was money from your own pockets!
  • commented 2016-04-27 23:11:37 +0930
    " In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit." Judges 21/25 (mine): In this days the nations have no leader (all pudding); everyone does as he sees fit.
  • commented 2016-04-27 22:33:03 +0930
    While I sympathize with those whose lives ICE has affected and even more with farmer’s land being stolen by banks for foreign interests, the real issue at hand is the separation of government from the people…where the lure and law of the UN by far outweigh any need of it’s own population. Palling up to the scam of UN and their string of insidious, so-called treaties or partnerships amplifies the fact that we have essentially lost our country…the only way to get it back via an honest, elected leader.
  • commented 2016-04-27 21:14:55 +0930
    Peter Rogers, I am one of those disenchanted Liberal voters. After what Malcolm did to Tony and Malcolm’s dithering since then, the Liberal Party has lost me.
  • commented 2016-04-27 21:14:55 +0930
    Peter Rogers, I am one of those disenchanted Liberal voters. After what Malcolm did to Tony and Malcolm’s dithering since then, the Liberal Party has lost me.
  • commented 2016-04-27 21:06:54 +0930
    After four + decades (I am a slow learner) I think I have at last figured it out. The Liberal Party looks after the well to do and the Labor Party looks after the not so well to do. The workers/achievers in the middle are footing the bill.
  • commented 2016-04-27 21:06:13 +0930
    I am 79 years of age and have been a Liberal supporter and later a member since I became of voting age. I am deeply concerned that Mr Turnbull will loose this election for us.

    Since retirement I spend all my time working on election campaigns, both State and Federal. I am well known in my area as well as my commitment to the Party. You would be shocked if you could hear the feed back I am receiving regarding Mr Turnbull. Lord Waffle Wentworth as many call him.

    Turnbull said that Tony was not capable of providing economic guidance that the country needs. What has he done?

    He also said that poll after poll shows that people have made up their mind about Tony.

    Poll after poll is not any better for our fearless leader.

    Tony’s only fault was that he was to honest and told it like it was and some people do not like the truth.
  • commented 2016-04-27 20:31:52 +0930
    More common sense. Thanks Cory. You are always worth a read. it may be time to start your own party
  • commented 2016-04-27 19:59:49 +0930
    @ronald Rowlands
    Oh Boy, I came to this Country from a 3rd world Country in part because of the ANZACS, and their part in WW1 and WW2 against tyranny.
    If it wasn’t for Winston Churchill (I know I know, and all his mistakes as human being he was) and his stand in WW2, as well as the British Empire’s stand, we would be living 1000 years of obscurity and death. That is the image of the British Empire I have, good or not so good, it created Australia and I feel that I have absolutely NO right to destroy its legacy. The only image of the British Empire that ALWAYS crosses my mind is Churchill’s radio transmission in the darkest hours of WW2.
  • commented 2016-04-27 19:56:05 +0930
    The more disenchanted, disinterested voters are out there, the more easier the polititions can do their deals and sell our land.

    Let’s take our power back and be part of a great solution…..it’s called common sense.
    Let’s do things out of common sence.