The issues that matter to middle Australians

Eudunda.JPGLast night I attended a meeting in the town of Eudunda, located less than two hours’ drive from Adelaide.

Our Sydney readers might consider that a peak hour inner-city trek, but for South Australians, a couple of hours takes one well outside the city limits.

Eudunda is near the famous Barossa Valley wine region and is the birthplace of Australian author Colin Thiele.

It is also a haven of common sense.

Regional communities have such a practical sense of the fitness of things that they sometimes make the supposedly ‘informed inner-city elites’ seem even more out of touch. Last night was no exception.

At the local bowling club, a meal was shared by around 50 residents with a few interlopers like me. It was quintessential country catering: home cooked roast lamb with vegetables followed by pie, custard and ice cream.

Everyone pitched in to make the evening a success and a few dollars were raised for a good cause.

As one of two politicians in attendance, I was asked to say a few words. Never one to miss an opportunity, I spoke briefly about the current state of political affairs, framing my remarks around the principles that should be underpinning politics and political activism.

Scarcely a policy issue was touched until I sat down and had the opportunity to speak with some of the people one on one. This is where the divergence between the obsessive agenda of vocal minorities and the real world concerns of the rest becomes very clear.

The matters discussed were as practical and authentic as the fabulous meal; people wanted to talk about health care, the level of national debt, the opportunities for their children and the nature of Australian politics today.

Nary was a mention made of the three ‘Gs’ that seem to consume the political commentariat - green theory, global warming and gay marriage.

And yet, if you spent your day watching television or listening to ABC radio, you could easily be mistaken for thinking they were the only three matters anyone really cares about. Perhaps in Ultimo or Brunswick but not in Eudunda or thousands of other towns like it right across the country.

Therein lies the problem for politicians. If you don’t talk about what matters to middle Australia they feel left behind and unrepresented. However, if you do, then ‘our’ ABC and their ilk will suggest you are out of touch…or worse.

And this is why your local Member of Parliament is so important. The best of them work tirelessly to represent your interests without seeking public acclaim or the endorsement of the ABC talking heads. They simply get on with making a difference in a thousand small ways week after week.

In an equine parlance, they are work horses rather than show ponies and through the electoral process we all get a chance to back our favourite every three years.

However, as politics becomes more like ‘show business for ugly people’ than ever before, the hardworking local member is often relegated to second place behind the presidential-style leadership campaign. So much is invested in promoting the leader that the actual engine room of representative democracy can be forgotten.

But we cannot afford to ignore one of the most fundamental elements of our democracy. Just think about what’s at stake.

The Prime Minister is chosen as a result of the election of local MPs. Policy decisions are directed as a result of the election of your local MP and they are the person every individual voter is most likely to have influence with.

Put simply, your vote matters to your local member; after all, their current livelihood depends on it.

And that’s why we should all welcome the opportunity to render our verdict - not on some esoteric thought about whether we like the leader or not, but about the performance, the principles and values of our local representatives.

With a Federal election due this year, now is the best time to get in touch with your local candidates.

If you don’t already know, find out what they stand for, what they've done and what they intend to do. Look at their party platform and see how it sits with your values.

The answers might surprise you.

Surprised or not, at least you’ll be able to cast an informed ballot. After all, that’s the best way to influence the future direction of the country.

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  • commented 2016-04-14 16:40:29 +0930
    A ringing endorsement for democracy Cory, however democracy does need engagement.
    Instead of engagement, the majority of voters happily indulge in apathetic escapism helped in no small part by a dumbed-down, lefty-hijaked media more content to let its readership know about the latest scandal to befall a kitchen rules contestant or totally losing-it ‘blockette’. Three simple issues I point out to the bleating sheep that they ought to show more interest and concern for middle Australia BUT CURRENTLY NO POLITICAL PARTY IS ADDRESSING:
    1. Housing: The opening up of domestic residential housing market to high net-worth foreign investors has sharply driven up the values of housing, locking out young and middle aged would be first home buyers, at the same time as locking these people into a higher rent trap for which they will likely be paying the rest of their lives. (Australian Financial Review reported on Monday 21 March 2016 that a Washington based think tank estimated $139Billion USD was taken out of China annually for the decade up to 2013, with much of the money flowing into property markets in Canada. US and Australia. The rental yields from taxpaying locals then ‘wash’ the money on its return to China.)
    2. Education: From primary through to university, places in Australian education are increasingly open to children of wealthy foreign families. This places pressure on supply of places, increases competitiveness for Australian students and provides pathways to residence for intelligent and hard working foreign students (not a bad thing for Australia, but raises the education bar effectively locking a lot of Australian children and young adults out of the better prospects for their future).
    3. Jobs: Skilled migration, employer sponsored migration (457 visa and ENS visas for example) allow employers to pick experienced, qualified hard working foreign labour. Whilst this is good for the business, collectively over the entire Australian economy, it locks out many young, inexperienced or career changing Australians because it means employers do not need to take the time, investment and risk to train, educate and shape inexperienced locals into job positions. This effectively locks many Australian graduates and young and old workers alike from critical work experience.

    Middle Australia SHOULD be concerned. The political establishment SHOULD be aware of these creeping issues. The media SHOULD be actively encouraging debate on each of these issues. Conservatives in particular SHOULD be shouting these issues from the rooftops, but it seems none of this is happening.
  • commented 2016-04-13 17:36:48 +0930
    Hi Cory. Agree with everything you represent except euthanasia. Why did it take Ross Greenwood and a caller to his talkback radio program to uncover the Gillard TWU legislation? Where is the professionalism of the conservative senate aswell as the cross bench who are now only waking up? Amounst all the rubbish in the political circus, I expect a professional job when it comes to peoples lively hoods with politicans looking at all the facts of any bill, rather than a joke of a sitting last month which included monty python extracks and pyjamas being worn. I dont expect you personally to be on top of all details, but why wasnt the relevant minister? Im a fan and keep up the great work.
  • commented 2016-04-09 15:49:15 +0930
    G’day Cory,

    I went to an LNP Branch function last night and was completely underwhelmed. The only people who bothered to talk to us was a 16 y.o budding Wyatt Roy and an old dairy farmer fm Wagga (who was a pretty gd bloke btw). Jeremy Hansen was boasting he was out in the electorate campaigning, however couldn’t/wouldn’t explain to me, a fellow soldier, how the LNP is any different fm labor/greens. Very disappointing. Some there were more interested in blaming TA then actually fighting for Australia. They complained about Union corruption, but when it comes to standing up for sml business, truckies or free enterprise – go mysteriously missing? Seems to me they are only focussed on getting re-elected rather than doing anything for AS. Too scared of the media/unions to explain to people what is in the National Interest, as TA did – bloody cowards! If they think TA is the problem then we are truely stuffed. If they can’t convince me, a long term LNP member, and someone who has served his Country, then how do they expect to convince other Australians to vote for them? Very frustrated. Trav.
  • commented 2016-04-07 17:41:58 +0930
    A number of these comments from disappointed conservatives can further generate greater discontent harming our ability to win this election. Do we want a huge socialist, union loving Shorten as PM with more Greens alongside him? Have people forgotten that Abbott didn’t “win” in ‘13, Rudd lost, many in the electorate didn’t like Abbott, he was great for us as Opp. Ldr., but became dysfunctional, was seen to break promises, couldn’t sell a dubious first Budget, unable to take us all along with his story. What we have now is either the chance to win and the opportunity at least, to have legislated our Conservative Agenda, or the Unions take over and we will be out until at least 2022. So buckle up, we may not all be happy with what we have, but the alternative…………..? And those Conservatives either wanting to form another Party or voting elsewhere, will guarantee that little Union thug becoming PM. So Turnbull or Shorten A bit pink or blazing RED!!!
  • commented 2016-04-07 16:57:57 +0930
    I drive a truck in Far North Queensland and unfortunately at times all I can get on the radio is the Australian Bullshit Company. Recently they interviewed a gender fluid “thing”. Today they spoke to a mum and her son who used to be a girl. Your dead right about the media. I think your off the money regarding the election though. In my opinion, although we vote for our local member, we do it with the knowledge of who will become PM. In most cases the local member will toe the party line in order to maintain their employment. Turnbull might be a clever man but I think he’s a p—-k. Please tell me what he had Julie Bishop doing in the UN last December? I don’t want my country to become part of some new world order. As a devoted Liberal voter, I won’t be voting for the bastard!!!
  • commented 2016-04-07 16:23:18 +0930
    Thank you once again MP Bernardi for your insightful words.
  • commented 2016-04-07 13:01:03 +0930
    Dear Cory, the reality seems to be that people do not vote for the local member, but for the political party via the local member. My local member, David Coleman, is useless when it comes to matters affecting the country. I have written to him about various concerns without getting responses. Our federal member of parliament is more concerned about the activities of the “Green Army” in the local park, and a round-about in the suburb. The man is a joke! Why would I vote for him? As far as I am concerned he does not represent me in parliament.
  • commented 2016-04-07 12:03:44 +0930
    Well said Cory. I appreciate your ability and willingness to look beyond the restriction of a camera lens and understand what the real people of Australia are thinking. You may not represent my state (Qld) but you do represent my world view! Thank you.
  • commented 2016-04-06 22:05:05 +0930
    No big words but your comments ring true like one in a 1000. Jim Kendall son of Roy the late senator.
  • commented 2016-04-06 19:23:53 +0930
    I for one do appreciate your efforts to act as a cohesive force for conservative members and maintain the policies of the party of which I remain, hesitatingly, a member.

    This is feedback I would like to submit with regard to Parliament as a whole. Australia has in general been controlled for many years by those in power in a manner to benefit themselves.They have been supported by too many who sought only to gain greater benefits for themselves or fulfill personal ambitions. It is my perception that the standards for aspiring politicians are very lax. Further, the performances of many in Parliament over recent years have set new lows. These people have wrecked our economy in the process. But, failures and betrayers of Australia that they are, they have been rewarded in the extreme. Not only that and with no sense of shame they have asked for more. I would like to see the Committee reviewing parliamentary entitlements make commonsense recommendations based on those facts. I will of course not be holding my breath waiting for such expectations to appear.The only people to blame are the majority of voters followed closed by those that abused the power of Office. Of late we have seen another PM betrayed. The betrayer simply lacks the leadership skills he claimed in order to gain a personal ambtion of grandeur. If that is not bad enough we have a mental juvenile running at his heels not unlike a mascot. I believe it is time a set of standards were put in place for those aspiring to represent other Australians in the Australian Parliament. Such Standards need to reflect a. a high level of maturity, b. a demonstrated level of integrity, C. a demonstrated dedication to Australia and the Australian people, d. a sound level of experience in a productive or service sector of Australian society

    To incorporate such a set of standards it would hopefully see a return of honour to those serving in Parliament. Right now the title of “Honorable Member” is as hollow as the PM’s recently plagiarised slogan. Some suggestions; All aspiring politicians must- 1. have reached brain maturity age as determined by world scientific standards. 2. be holder of an Australian Passport for minimum 10 years, or, 6 years for those having served 6 years in the ADF and gained " Qualifying Service". 3. not have held dual citizenship for 10 years prior to seeking nomination. 4. not hold assets in any form in another country other than through an Australian Registered company. 5. declare ALL assets within one month on acceptance of nomination for election. 6. Not have been found guilty of any offence by any legally constituted Committee of Review, Tribunal,or Australian Court of Law. 7. accept that all Oaths required prior to holding office will be on the Constitution of Australia only.
  • commented 2016-04-06 18:29:01 +0930
    Cory,I am disgusted with the direction Mr Turnbull is taking us.Unfortunately it would seem that the majority of Liberal MPs are too weak to stand up to this Left leaning man.I will be voting Liberal (a waste of time as once again the weak in the Party leadership have allowed a faction based around race to take control) in the House of Reps but will be giving my Upper House vote to The Australian Libert Alliance.They talk like the old Liberal Party and I can only hope they too are not dominated by BS.Continue your good work Regards Graham Daley.
  • commented 2016-04-06 18:06:37 +0930
    Tax & Australian’s Owning Australia – not the elite

    The Panama Papers have helped in showing the level of corruption in our society and now the ASIC is persuing ANZ and Westpac CBA with its rorts in Financial Planning ( but not for the customer or the insured) – there has to be a Royal Commission into the banking / financial sector as was for the Unions

    We need a debit tax or a Tobin tax in Australia and we need to take back control of the supply of money from the Banks This is a copy of my email and the prime ministers response

    From: Turnbull, Malcolm (MP) [mailto:Malcolm.Turnbull.MP@aph.gov.au]
    Sent: 4 June 2014 5:33 PM
    To: Chris Wells
    Subject: RE: A Suggested Budget Initiative – Tobin Tax

    Dear Chris

    Thanks for taking the time to send me such a detailed email – rightly or wrongly I don’t think the Tobin Tax will ever get up, it would need to be universal or near universal and the big money centres would never support it.

    Regards

    Malcolm Turnbull

    From: Chris Wells [mailto:cwells@cfw.net.au]
    Sent: Wednesday, 21 May 2014 5:42 PM
    To: Turnbull, Malcolm (MP)
    Cc: Hockey, Joe (MP); Joyce, Barnaby (MP); Abbott, Tony (MP)
    Subject: A Suggested Budget Initiative – Tobin Tax

    Dear Malcolm.
    Thank you for your newsletter.
    A very simple tax and a tax the does not kill the old, the retired, and the less unfortunate. We are no longer a Christian country but a mean cold heartless society and this is lead form the top down.
    Tobin tax, suggested by Nobel Laureate economist James Tobin, was originally defined as a tax on all spot conversions of one currency into another. The tax is intended to put a penalty on short-term financial round-trip excursions into another currency.
    Tobin suggested his currency transaction tax in 1972 in his Janeway Lectures at Princeton, shortly after the Bretton Woods system of monetary management ended in 1971.1 Prior to 1971, one of the chief features of the Bretton Woods system was an obligation for each country to adopt a monetary policy that maintained the exchange rate of its currency within a fixed value—plus or minus one percent—in terms of gold. Then, on August 15, 1971, United States President Richard Nixon announced that the United States dollar would no longer be convertible to gold, effectively ending the system. This action created the situation whereby the U.S. dollar became the sole backing of currencies and a reserve currency for the member states of the Bretton Woods system, leading the system to collapse in the face of increasing financial strain in that same year. In that context, Tobin suggested a new system for international currency stability, and proposed that such a system include an international charge on foreign-exchange transactions.
    In 2001, in another context, just after “the nineties’ crises in Mexico, Southeast Asia and Russia,”2 which included the 1994 economic crisis in Mexico, the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, and the 1998 Russian financial crisis, Tobin summarized his idea:
    The tax on foreign exchange transactions was devised to cushion exchange rate fluctuations. The idea is very simple: at each exchange of a currency into another a small tax would be levied – let’s say, 0.5% of the volume of the transaction. This dissuades speculators as many investors invest their money in foreign exchange on a very short-term basis. If this money is suddenly withdrawn, countries have to drastically increase interest rates for their currency to still be attractive. But high interest is often disastrous for a national economy, as the nineties’ crises in Mexico, Southeast Asia and Russia have proven. My tax would return some margin of manoeuvre to issuing banks in small countries and would be a measure of opposition to the dictate of the financial markets.3[4

    A final quote but not mine

    Unbalanced minds cannot balance budgets

    Regards

    Chris Wells

    Note the reply

    It would need to be universal or near universal and the big money centres would never support it.

    So if you think you have any democracy in this country heaven help you – THE BIG MONEY CENTRES say what goes

    Or a debit tax as suggested by The Australian Sovereignty Party – of which I am not a member

    The Australian Sovereignty Party has an astonishing plan to completely overhaul and revolutionise the Australian economy as we know it. This will be accomplished by implementing our well-researched, logical, statistically verifiable, incontestable, incredibly fair and simple tax and monetary policy that will bring wealth and prosperity within easy reach of all Australians. This is a plan that will cause jobs to abound, manufacturing to return to our shores, and will allow individuals, families and businesses to flourish unlike any former time in history.
    Our current oppressive tax system is overly complex and favours the ultra-rich and transnational corporations at the expense of ordinary citizens. The federal, state and local governments are subjugating the people with an estimated 125 different taxes, fees, levies and rates which in total rake in approximately $430 Billion in revenue, which is apportioned to the 3 levels of government and then used to fund everything from welfare, to education, health care, defence, infrastructure and other services.
    The Australian Sovereignty Party, if elected, CAN AND WILL ABOLISH ALL EXISTING TAXES except for import customs and excise duties/tariffs. That means; no more personal income tax, no more GST, no more payroll tax, company tax, capital gains tax, no more council rates, car registration fees, land taxes, stamp duties, NO MORE TAXES! No more BAS statements, tax returns, tax compliance, paperwork, no more headaches, ALL GONE!

    The Debit Tax!
    So how then do we generate the revenue required to fund all the necessary services? It is easy! The Australian Sovereignty Party will introduce a single Debit Tax at a flat rate of 2% – this will replace all current taxes. This Debit Tax will be applied equally to everyone without exception! This debit transaction tax works by taxing your spending, not your earnings. In other words, no tax is paid on the receipt of any money, only a flat tax of 2% is levied on all payments made.
    The following is an example of how it works:
    1). A business pays you a weekly wage of $1,000. When that business processed the wages through the Australian payments system (in this case via direct entry payments), a 2% debit tax was automatically applied, so the total cost to the employer payment would be $1,020 ($1,000 transferred to the employee for wages + $20 as an automatically processed 2% debit tax immediately collected by the government).
    2). You then keep your $1,000 weekly wage, no further income tax is applied.
    3). You have your weekly mortgage payment of $400 automatically debited from your account; the cost to you is $408 ($400 transferred to the bank + $8 automatically debited as tax).
    4). You pay your utilities bill of $150 by using BPAY, the total cost to you is $153.
    5). You head down to the supermarket and purchases $200 worth of groceries, and take out $100 as cash; total cost to you is $306.
    6). You then head out for a fancy dinner with your better half, the cost of the meals plus wine came to $74. You decide to pay with cash. No debit tax is applied to your cash payment, as the cash you took out at the supermarket already had the 2% debit tax applied to it.
    If you spent your entire weekly wages of $1,000.00, you would have only paid a maximum of $20 in taxes, that is all, just $20! Compare that to the current $183 in tax that you would pay if your weekly earnings were $1000.
    Should you decide to save $200 each week, and spend the rest, then you would only be paying $16 a week in taxes. However, if after saving for 2 years you decide to purchase a new $20,000 car using your cash savings, you will then pay a total of $20,400 ($20k for the car, plus $400 collected as tax). So inevitably everyone, including savers, end up paying the 2% Debit Tax.
    If the above example sounds very simple, it is because it is simple!
    How? Because the tax is automatically applied through the Australian payments system that includes direct entry payments, cheque processing, credit and debit card payments, EFTPOS payments, payments made through the high value clearance system, etc. There is no need for any account keeping, tax compliance, tax returns, BAS statements or any other paperwork. It is all processed automatically and efficiently. Easy!
    How is it we can generate sufficient revenue through only this 2% Debit Tax?
    According to the Federal Treasury, the Reserve Bank of Australia, and APCA (Australian Payments Clearing Association), in the financial year 2014 to 2015 there were over $50 Trillion dollars processed through the Australian payments system (outgoings, not incomings).
    You do the maths. 2% of $50 trillion = $1 Trillion! That is two and a half times the amount currently collected by over 125 different taxes!
    Since at least $15 trillion worth of transactions currently being processed through the “high value clearing system” is of a speculative nature (ie; currency trading etc), we expect the overall value of these transactions to be reduced as large banks and investors will be dissuaded from marginal speculative trading. Also, large businesses may seek to reduce their transaction levels via sideways and vertical integration, and so the total value of business transactions may decline.
    However, due to the incredible stimulus effect this policy will have on the broader economy, we expect that the value of retail payments in particular will rise. Thus, based on our actuarial modelling, we expect that a 2% debit transaction tax will conservatively generate in in excess of $750 billion in revenue.
    In addition to this $750+ billion in tax revenue, the government through the RBA will have access to an additional $120 plus Billion every year to spend on infrastructure. This money is created by the RBA to account for the private banks wiping off the digital money they created out of thin air and lent into circulation via their ledger entry scam, which we will put a stop to.
    As all existing loans are repaid to the private banks, the banks wipe off the principle portion of the money they created out of thin air. In order to help keep the inflation rate at zero by keeping the broad money supply at the same level, per head of population, the RBA has to recreate this digital money, transfer it into the consolidated government revenue fund, and then spent into circulation by building infrastructure. (Please read our Monetary Policy for more details).
    The End Result!
    By combining over $750 billion collected through the 2% Debit Tax, an additional $120+ billion via our monetary policy, $20 billion approx. collected in Customs and Excise duties (which can be adjusted to reverse the outflow of jobs from Australia to countries that use slave labour and destroy their environment), and $20 billion approx. collected via other non-taxation revenues, an elected ASP government (Stewardship) will have access to more than $910 Billion with which to “run” the country. That is more than DOUBLE the current revenue collected through 125 federal, state and local oppressive taxes. We challenge any academic to disprove these figures!
    So, when the Australian Sovereignty Party promises 100% free high quality health care (free means no Medicare levy), we can afford it. When we promise to abolish all toll roads and vehicle registration costs, yet still provide 1st class infrastructure, we can afford it. When we say that we can considerably increase the living conditions of senior Australians who rely on the pension, we can afford it.
    When The Australian Sovereignty Party promises that we can build a world class high speed rail network to connect all major Australian cities, we can afford it. When we say that we will significantly increase funding to roll out residential solar (combining locally developed and manufactured grid-connected battery systems that can store excess power generated), we can afford it. When we say that we can TRIPLE the size and capability of our defence forces, WE CAN AFFORD IT! The ASP does not make empty promises, we can do it, we will do it and, WE CAN AFFORD IT!

    So if someone who has the balls to implement a Tobin tax or a debit tax because they are not controlled by the BIG UNIONS , BIG BANKS, BIG CORPORATIONS etc then we would not have all this rubbish about revenue etc.
  • commented 2016-04-06 17:41:29 +0930
    Interesting comments and for the most part i agree with you. I live in the seat of Wakefield which for those who don’t know is very strong Labor. I have spoken to Nick Champion my local member about the gay marriage vote some time ago. I told him that I didn’t believe in gay marriage and he told me that he didn’t care what I thought, and that he would be voting for the bill anyway. So much for hardworking local member!! It might be OK in a swinging seat but in a safe seat they don’t give a damn!! What are your hardworking colleagues in the senate doing? What about David Fawcett .He lost Wakefield and then the Libs give him a job as a senator,jobs for the boys? Vote Liberal? you must be kidding. I am very disappointed with Turnbull as far i can see he is a gutless wonder. He would sell his soul to the Devil if he thought it would get him more votes,no different than Shorten. The other problem is that too many people believe what they see in the media. Until people start thinking for themselves, nothing will change in this country!!
  • commented 2016-04-06 17:06:39 +0930
    Hi Cory
    I saw you interview with Rowan Dean the other night and I must say you both were brilliant. You both said exactly what nobody wants to admit is happening. Thank you to both of you and please keep up the good work. There are many of us who support you.

    Kind Regards
    Michelle Roper
  • commented 2016-04-06 16:19:34 +0930
    Corey, thankyou for your work. It shouldn’t be this way, but you’re a brave man given the aggression of the so called left wing and the derision of much of the media toward those who opt to disagree with their viewpoint and agenda.
    In my small city, the people I come across share my concerns about the creeping sharia, the covert halal certification practice and the political push and pandering to muslims in this country. I also think for the most part, many people are just struggling to make ends meet, yet our govt continues to throw money at asylum seekers and non working immigrants, and at overseas countries, while increasingly telling Australian tax payers that they can’t afford pension increases, can’t afforrd education and hospitals, can’t afford housing for young families, can’t supply enough water to the Australian people and are running short of arable land due to increased population.
    So I guess that covers three concerns of mine. Slow the rampant immigration, stop throwing money to countries like Indonesia, and stop sharia creep.
  • commented 2016-04-06 15:58:06 +0930
    Sorry Cory, how does it work? He supports Gay n Lesbians, as well as supports Islam that threatens death to the Gay n Lesbians? A fence sitting traitor to Australia? Islam murder and slavery as your reward on one side! (see Koran) Liberty and democracy with reward for effort and patriotism on the other side! Vote Bill’s Lab’s, The Corrupt Union Party and their partners in crimes against this country, the Greens, along with Mal’s and his 54 traitors all out at this next election! Put them all DEAD LAST and vote for Australian Liberty Alliance, CDP, Rise Up Australia Party – Groom, One Nation Political Party. all much better choices than the crooks we have! Come on Australian’s, show some balls!
  • commented 2016-04-06 15:45:28 +0930
    Very timely comment Corey seeing that I’m now in the electorate of Gilmore, no longer in Eden Monaro. I should get to know my local member. I must say though, I do not like Turnbull and would have voted for Abbott even though I noted the dysfunctionality of his office – better to vote for a govt of incompetents than a govt of idiots. Though with Turnbull, I don’t know. My vote may have to go to the idiots :-(
  • commented 2016-04-06 15:44:16 +0930
    Having read your post, Cory, and the numerous responses to it, including Ron Read’s double portion (!), I realize the same thoughts have been echoed many times over: We desperately need a true Conservative Party to fill in the gap left when Turnbull took over and took several steps to the left. And who better to lead such a party than Cory Bernardi. He is articulate, well informed, is not sidetracked by secondary issues, and has clarity of thought.
  • commented 2016-04-06 15:10:44 +0930
    I agree Cory. Every time I discuss issues, people ask me why are we spending $1,300,000,000 on the ABC. It pushes a left wing agenda such as gay marriage, open borders etc.It is not a professional news service.The money could be used to fund hospitals, schools and pay down the debt. The government never looks at it and it appears to be a sacred cow.
    My local member never returns correspondence or phone calls. However, my new member is Tony Abbott so fingers crossed.
    Well done, you are a shining light.
  • commented 2016-04-06 15:00:14 +0930
    For the most part, the comments I read on this site re-iterate clearly that Australian needs a ‘Conservative Party’and we are all dreaming if we believe the Liberal/National Coalition will change to fit our needs. With 3 year election cycles at best, there is no chance of this ever happening. The popular vote is jus too important. We can sit around and hope that some one or some group will establish a conservative movement, but that would be acknowledging ‘wishful thinking’ at best. Either we do something or nothing will ever happen. Rember there are just three types of people in this world – Those who make it happen – Those who watch it happen – and those who never do anything and wake up one day and say “By golly, what happened”? Where are we??
  • commented 2016-04-06 15:00:12 +0930
    For the most part, the comments I read on this site re-iterate clearly that Australian needs a ‘Conservative Party’and we are all dreaming if we believe the Liberal/National Coalition will change to fit our needs. With 3 year election cycles at best, there is no chance of this ever happening. The popular vote is jus too important. We can sit around and hope that some one or some group will establish a conservative movement, but that would be acknowledging ‘wishful thinking’ at best. Either we do something or nothing will ever happen. Rember there are just three types of people in this world – Those who make it happen – Those who watch it happen – and those who never do anything and wake up one day and say “By golly, what happened”? Where are we??
  • commented 2016-04-06 15:00:10 +0930
    For the most part, the comments I read on this site re-iterate clearly that Australian needs a ‘Conservative Party’and we are all dreaming if we believe the Liberal/National Coalition will change to fit our needs. With 3 year election cycles at best, there is no chance of this ever happening. The popular vote is jus too important. We can sit around and hope that some one or some group will establish a conservative movement, but that would be acknowledging ‘wishful thinking’ at best. Either we do something or nothing will ever happen. Rember there are just three types of people in this world – Those who make it happen – Those who watch it happen – and those who never do anything and wake up one day and say “By golly, what happened”? Where are we??
  • commented 2016-04-06 15:00:09 +0930
    For the most part, the comments I read on this site re-iterate clearly that Australian needs a ‘Conservative Party’and we are all dreaming if we believe the Liberal/National Coalition will change to fit our needs. With 3 year election cycles at best, there is no chance of this ever happening. The popular vote is jus too important. We can sit around and hope that some one or some group will establish a conservative movement, but that would be acknowledging ‘wishful thinking’ at best. Either we do something or nothing will ever happen. Rember there are just three types of people in this world – Those who make it happen – Those who watch it happen – and those who never do anything and wake up one day and say “By golly, what happened”? Where are we??
  • commented 2016-04-06 14:34:01 +0930
    I get called a delusional Conservative but I will explain my position.
    A democratic elected representative of my choosing must be an honest individual, and of good character. I believe Malcolm Turnbull does not fit that description. If Turnbull is elected to Parliament there will be no way to remove him from power, he will have a mandate to rule. He will not get that mandate from me. I know the labor Party is full of criminals that’s why I don’t usually vote for them, but please, what is the point of replacing one set of criminals with another set of criminals. I can honestly say it’s not that I despise Turnbull, spite is not the reason but I feel he must be removed, but I can see absolutely no other way. The disgrace of this situation is not of the Australian’s choosing. We the people had the sense to elect Abbott an honest man of good character to our Parliament. The Liberal Party removed him from power, not the people. I believe in the Westminster system of Parliament, not Twitter. Unfortunately for the Liberals they have forgotten that we the people have the right to remove them. It’s a very sad day for Australia. I will be voting Labor and will encourage and put my argument to as many conservatives as I can, if you can tell me of an alternative way to remove Turnbull from Parliament please let me know as I really don’t want Labor in power.
  • commented 2016-04-06 14:27:18 +0930
    Most candidates are all the same, they don’t know what the important things are they just support the party line and with the LNP / ALP & Toxic Greens being what they are IS the reason Australia is in such a mess today. We need honest solutions to fix the economy and we don’t have to reinvent the wheel to do so.
    We Urgently need bank regulation with Glass-Steagall bank separation legislation , We need a National Bank of Public Credit to fund infrastructure and building of infrastructure should be separate from the Budget . Also PPP’s (Private, Public, and Partnerships) are insane this was dreamed up by Fascists and are no good for the country and the whole mentality on infrastructure has been corrupted over the decades.
    Today infrastructure can be used to rebuild our economy and Industry (but we have to reverse a lot of legislation put in place by Keating & Howard who both served foreign masters not us)

    Cory speaks up on same sex Marriage as he can see how floored the model they are trying to introduce is and the problems it will cause.

    Cory was talking about food , The food production is going to be a problem in years to come ,Family Farmers are the backbone of any countries food production and we have gone from over 120,000 family farmers to less than 40,000 (this is hidden by counting Hobby Farmers that don’t even produce enough to feed themselves)
    Then we have the Murray Darling Food basin where the Government (LNP/ALP) are turning water into a commodity and farmers now have to compete against speculators in buying water.

    Then they have mucked around with the Water flow ( if we had Governments like we have had over the last 50 years there would not have been a Snowy Mountain Scheme and even back then they had to outsmart the opposition to build it so the likes of Menzies could not stop it)
    Now we urgently need the Clarence River Scheme built to consolidate the flow in the Darling & Murray river so farmers and the communities that depend on those 2 great rivers will always have sufficient water.
    I am pleased to see the CEC is running Senate Candidates in all states we need Fresh blood and people who understand the above policies that have been kept from you with a Media Blackout on the CEC for the last 20 years.
  • commented 2016-04-06 14:15:35 +0930
    I am confused. I no longer know what the Liberal party stands for. I feel that PM Turnbull has changed direction but I am unsure (not really) as he has never stated in the past 6 months what the Liberal party policies are these days. Maybe it will be clearer nearer election day.
  • commented 2016-04-06 14:11:37 +0930
    Cory, the problem as I see it is that conservatives are looking for a safe place to park their vote, even if they are angry about the way the current Leader of the Libs back-grounded and undermined Abbott to engineer his coup. Unfortunately for the Libs it would appear (and for me this is the case) that far too few believe that voting for a Turnbull led government in the upcoming election is a safe place to park their vote. And I guess the main causes for concern are that they don’t believe he will be true to his word to stand up for those issues that true conservatives support that he doesn’t, nor will those who put him in place as Leader, so many of whom are openly supportive of policies not supported by your base. So we are in a quandary, how do we vote, especially in those electorates where the Nats can’t field a candidate due to the ridiculous ban on three cornered contests, and even then do we truly want to reward the bastardy and disloyalty of those members who supported the coup? All this before you take into account Turnbull’s performance since achieving that which he so desired and believes is his right to have.

    Unfortunately for the Libs, and for the Nation I believe you are about to be given an object lesson in the consequences of pandering to those who were never going to vote for you anyway, and for changing a Leader supported by your base for one who we that same base were most active in getting ousted when he was opposition Leader and replaced by one we could truly and actively get behind.

    I for one, can’t and won’t reward treachery, nor do I believe that a Turnbull led Coalition will stick to it’s promise of a Gay Marriage Plebiscite, and that through the backdoor we will continue to see billions of our taxes supporting Green issues and more pandering to the UN and Human Rights agenda supported by Turnbull at a cost to our National sovereignty and well being.

    At least in The Senate we have viable alternatives (Family First, ALA etc) to vote for so as not to reward those Senators in our state who conspired with or supported Turnbull, but for the lower house why vote for a soft left and possibly a stronger left wing (if he gets a mandate through re-election) Turnbull led Government. Better to vote Labor, Independent or No Suitable Candidate Standing, let the country suffer the government it deserves and give the Liberal Party a chance for a clean out and rebuild that can reconnect with its’ base. Failing that the formation or consolidation of a viable party to represent true conservative values.
  • commented 2016-04-06 14:06:44 +0930
    Good on you Cory,
    I would say it is all media trying to brainwash and social engineer people in Australia.
    Thanks again for standing up for what is right. Bill
  • commented 2016-04-06 14:06:15 +0930
    “The best of them work tirelessly to represent your interests without seeking public acclaim or the endorsement of the ABC talking heads. They simply get on with making a difference in a thousand small ways week after week.”

    Yes, but what are those small ways? That is a mystery to most of us.
  • commented 2016-04-06 13:47:18 +0930
    Like the great US Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tip O’Neil said many times “All politics is local”.

    I am still awaiting replies to my correspondence to you, by the way!!