Together conservatives can take the fight to the Left

PH_canberra.jpgThe 45th Parliament has started with a bang.

Today I will introduce a Bill to reform section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by removing the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’ from the list of offences. This hurt-feelings test has been misused and abused to shut down differing opinions in taxpayer-funded lawfare.

The Bill was signed by 20 Senators including seven crossbenchers and, with one exception, all the Liberal backbench. These modest and sensible reforms have been supported by a cross-section of political and social commentators including Warren Mundine, Julian Burnside QC, journalist David Marr, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.

The numbers aren’t currently there to pass the amendments through the Parliament but I am hopeful the government and some more crossbenchers will see the merit of these very modest reforms.

I have also lodged a petition signed by over 15,000 Australians asking the government to support the Bill. If you haven’t already done so, you can add your name here. Such a show of strength illustrates the power of conservatives when brought together for a common cause.

The appetite for strengthening the Conservative voice in public life is only growing; the Australian Conservatives movement (which was launched in July) has now signed up over 60,000 people, with more adding their names every day.

The movement’s first steps have scared the left-wing Getup!, who have gone to their membership base seeking funds to counter our formative influence. Dr Jennifer Oriel recently had an extraordinary column in The Australian detailing the sinister funding model the political left utilise to pursue their aims.

Oriel writes:

In perhaps the biggest political scandal since WikiLeaks, a group of hackers has dumped hundreds of files exposing the influence of socialist billionaire George Soros on Western politics.

The files show Soros has established a transnational network that pressures governments to adopt high immigration targets and porous border policies that could pose a challenge to legitimate state sovereignty. His Open Society Foundations target individuals who criticise ­Islamism and seek to influence the outcome of national elections by undermining Right-leaning politicians. The Australian arm of the Soros network is GetUp!.

GetUp! was established by ­activists Jeremy Heimans and David Madden with funding from Soros…

…GetUp! has engaged in an ­effective reframing of politics by rebranding conservatives as the hard Right while recasting the Left as moderate or progressive. Many sections of the media have uncritically adopted GetUp!’s rhetoric, which effectively divides the Coalition by aligning conservatives falsely with a range of hard-Right views that they abhor.

…Documents uncovered by Soros leaks reveal a pattern of funding for programs that prosecute porous borders, mass immigration into the Wes­t nations from Islamist regions, and overt campaigns against dissenters.

Such a determined and well-funded effort to subvert mainstream values and national sovereignty by the agents of international billionaires should concern us all.

Quite clearly we need to make the Australian Conservative movement even stronger and better resourced than originally anticipated. We need your commitment, your ideas and your support if we are to effectively counter our well established opponents.

The Bill I’m introducing today shows how effective conservatives can be when we work together. We united those with many different views under the common bond of freedom of speech and common sense. Although we are just commencing our campaign to restore confidence in our body politic and conservatism as the foundation for progress, it is a good beginning.

The months ahead should see us complete the base we need to create future success but we should be under no illusion as to the battle we face. Our rivals are better funded and have institutional support. We will beat them through the actions and contributions of tens of thousands of people who see a better way forward for our country.

Your support has been critical to get us to where we are and will be critical to our future.


  • commented 2016-09-07 21:06:15 +0930
    Bernardi, you haven’t been rebranded as the hard Right. You are the hard right.
  • commented 2016-09-07 15:39:45 +0930
    Keep up the good work Corey
  • commented 2016-09-05 07:30:08 +0930
    Cory, your conservative values from a 1950s era are beyond that of the shallow ideological views, which the LNP is currently attempting to pursue. I find that what you represent is entirely out of touch with social norms and as a result I am somewhat perplexed…no shocked at how you have been re-elected to represent the good people of South Australia in the Senate. I recommend some reflective thought by you is required (indeed imperative) and that rather that spinning the plebiscite debate and blaming the Labor party if it (the plebiscite) doesn’t receive the required numbers in both houses that you simply advocate that as opposed to wasting a minimum of $160m on a populist vote that you argue for a conscience vote and pass a bill, particularly in the lower house. This issue is not political, but due to politicians it has become so. You lecture the likes of Jacqui Lambie on dignity and the moral high ground – don’t be contradictory and more importantly don’t be a hypocrite. Time to step it up and evolve, and if not one can only presume that you don’t have a conscience. I could vote for the LNP, but not whilst you and your ilk are enshrined in their values and what they represent. You talk about conservatives taking the fight to the Left yet your core objective also represents a fight within the LNP, that is against your own party. What does this mean? Malcolm has no chance with you and your ilk, and it truly is the time to break away from the LNP and form a Conservative party. In this regard I have my doubts that you will ever follow through as I truly believe that you lack the desire and support to do so.
  • commented 2016-09-02 08:36:23 +0930
    Lies have short legs, the truth eventually catches up L
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  • commented 2016-09-01 15:35:51 +0930
    Thanks for all your hard work Cory!
  • commented 2016-09-01 07:05:23 +0930
    Smash the Sorosistas and the grievance industry.
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  • commented 2016-08-31 17:38:25 +0930
    Thank you Cory for making a stand re our freedom of speech.
    I am disappointed that Malcolm Turnbull has no regard for this issue.
    Good luck & keep up the fight .
    As time go’s by I have no doubt more & more will get behind you .
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  • commented 2016-08-31 15:14:23 +0930
    casue its the right thing to do for australia we must not lose who we are for the sake of a pc bullshit
  • commented 2016-08-31 15:07:19 +0930
    This is the time when we must act to stop the further demise of Australia and remove Islam from our shores completely for it is no good for anyone not even its followers