Uniting Australian Conservatives

 

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“It’s a disaster.”

They’re the words many conservatives use to begin their election analysis. And they’re right, 

when you consider the national interest and the possible implication of a hung parliament and an even more fragmented Senate.

Even though the results are not yet finalised, it looks unlikely that either party will be able to form government in their own right. In effect, we are right back where we were in 2010, with the party roles reversed. We shouldn’t really be surprised when the same chain of events took place during a popularly elected first term government.

In my youth I was told that the definition of madness was doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That axiom has borne out once again.

However, the votes have been cast and there isn’t much we can do about it now except learn from the experience. The Australian people have spoken and basically said that neither side of politics is doing a good enough job to secure their trust. Accordingly they have parked their vote with minor parties and independents.

As of writing, over 1.7 million votes were cast for right-of-centre or conservative parties rather than the Liberal Party. From my perspective, that was the Liberal base expressing their unhappiness with past events.

Irrespective of the final election result, the clear mission now is to bring people together for the good of the country. That is going to take the formalisation of a broad conservative movement to help change politics and to give common sense a united voice.

With that in mind, I’d ask all of you to read and consider my address to the National Press Club about this subject in 2014. You can do so at my website by clicking here. I hope you will agree that the words and sentiments are even more relevant today.

It’s more important than ever that we unite Australian Conservatives, who share many views, regardless of their party affiliation. If you believe in limited government, traditional values, defending our culture and heritage, lower taxes, a stronger nation, a stronger economy and plain old common sense, then you have a lot in common with millions of others.

Now is the time to gather together. You can help kick start the movement by going to www.conservatives.org.au and registering your interest.

It’s the next step in making sure our voice is never taken for granted again.

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  • commented 2016-10-14 10:46:51 +1030
    Political donations must be from the voters only and a maximum of $500 per person.

    We the public must maintain control of our politicians and the political system or we will end up in a US style system that does not matter left or right the politicians have been corrupted and the corporations will run the show.

    This can be seen by the cheap way that Sam was purchased and used for a couple of dollars. Just imagine what politicians will be prepared to do to this country and its people for a million dollars.
  • commented 2016-08-10 18:22:07 +0930
    I think is a great idea, Corey. Come out as conservatives and stop pretending to be liberals. Let the true liberals get on with the job of improving this country while the rest of you play among yourselves.
  • commented 2016-08-02 22:58:15 +0930
    The Australian People did warn that they would park there vote elsewhere rather than waste it , only some Prime Ministers listen, others are assured they know it all.
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  • commented 2016-07-27 10:25:13 +0930
    Hi Cory, I have been a Liberal supporter for over 40 years & it galled me in the extreme to vote for them this time round, particularly for the kid who helped stab Tony Abbott in the back ! Yes, Wyatt Roy …To say that the LNP has lost its way is to understate their position in the extreme. Far from standing up for the values that have made this nation great they are now helping Labor socialise our society to the point that those with conservative values no longer have a say or voice. Get this party up & running sooner rather than later & start your campaign for the next election so that the silent majority can reclaim this nation from those trying to destroy it .
  • commented 2016-07-13 10:09:27 +0930
    The AC questionnaire is a little obtuse, I thought.
    I don’t think Tony Abbott should be brought back as PM – too divisive in the public mind (even in the minds of some die-hard LibNat voters) and giving ammunition to the leftist media – surely a senior ministry would not go astray, though – and surely his capabilities could be utilised when & where needed?
    An articulate, capable person is needed to replace Turnbull – no doubt about it – but whom to choose? Who has the competence and experience and possible trust of the populace, to do the job – for all Australians (as well as for LibCons)?
    Perhaps AC needs to encourage other smaller (so called Right Wing) parties to enter into discussions to join the fold to enhance the appeal to a broader range of voters – because it is the voters who will determine the future success or failure – without them there is no point in pursuing the dream.
  • commented 2016-07-13 09:36:45 +0930
    first time in 30years I didn’t vote lnp because of turnbull to much like the greens from janet whyte
  • commented 2016-07-12 16:25:17 +0930
    Cory,

    what can be done about the changes to Constitutional Law which have allowed the inclusion of those who have allegiance to another power and laws, to hold a seat in Federal Parliament.

    A man can not serve two masters and the very idea is preposterous.

    This needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency and in crucial in protection Australia;s Nation Security.
  • commented 2016-07-12 12:27:14 +0930
    Hi Corey, I have registered my interest in your Australian Conservatives movement and will certainly be keen to be actively involved if it is a movement to help to bring more conservative minded candidates up for Liberal Party nomination and to work to get such candidates nominated to stand at the next Federal Election and then to mobilise support to help those candidates across the line and into the parliament.

    I would not be interested if the movement becomes a separate political party as I do not believe that we can afford to further splinter the Non-Labour/Non-Greens vote.

    My vote had to be cast for the Ballarat seat and while I still voted for the Liberal Party candidate I felt that I was wasting my time due to the very poor last ten days or so of the Coalition campaign. I had expected that in those final days of the campaign there would have been a solid full-on assault to rebut the Medi-scare Labour campaign as well as Labour/Union links etc, but it didn’t come…..there was so much to work with. All that Catherine King, Labour’s Ballarat sitting member and Shadow Health Minister had to do was place newspaper adds simply showing her image with Labour’s “Save Medicare” message…. It stood out…No bullet list of items for readers to have to read through. Surely, when Catherine King is up for re-election at the next election, she should be a prime target as “Labour’s Shadow Health Minister” who lied about the Coalition’s health policy”.

    As with any large group, political or otherwise, there will always be people with differing views on some matters and this is where having a democratic mindset is important. I refer to a previous entry on this site by Stephen Gethin where Stephen advocated that the conservatives in the coalition put a list of “demands” on the table as the price for unity in the LNP.

    This list included that: ‘The “gay marriage” policy returns to “no vote, no plebiscite”. Plebiscite is a mistake, we will lose.’

    “We” will lose Stephen? Who is “we”? Do you consider that you are speaking for all conservative minded people? I fully support your right to have your own views on each and every matter, but I do not believe you have the right to demand that all people should not have the right to vote on something because you are convinced that the vote will not go “your way”. You may or may not have religious beliefs that are part of your opposition to a plebiscite on this matter. I am totally non-religious, but I totally respect everybody’s right to embrace a religion if they need it or want it. In respect of the Plebiscite, why not let everybody have a vote on the matter. When the question is put I would like it to have three response choices : “YES” or “NO” or “I DON’T CARE” … because Stephen "I DON’T CARE” …. Let the people who do care one way or the other decide the matter.
  • commented 2016-07-11 18:03:33 +0930
    Dear Cory, I’ve completed and returned your list of subjects that are important to me but I’m afraid I’m not sure what you mean by “limited government”. Please would you or one of your colleagues be kind enough to explain. Kindest regards, Mandy. WA
  • commented 2016-07-11 08:26:34 +0930
    Bill Billy makes sense. It’s hard to believe that the best a nation of 300 million people can come up with is Donald Trump. By the same token, it’s hard to understand that the best our nation of 25 million people can produce is Malcolm Turnbull.
    Still, the danger is splintering. The votes Pauline Hansen gained were the Liberal/ National parties’ losses. (Nothing against Pauline. If the Greens and ABC hate her that much, she must be doing something right.)
    How do conservatives present a more united front? I’m not sure, but will be interested to hear the ideas of others.
    I really like the idea of presenting an alternative to Get Up!
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  • commented 2016-07-10 21:23:45 +0930
    Uniting the Conservatives is a world wide problem. All Parties including the LIb Party are no longer representative enough. You cannot get people to join and contribute and participate in conventional party structures. So there are NOT enough members to make the Party have anywhere near the 2% of local area population in local “branches”. The Grass roots are informed but NOT INFORMING! The 2 WAY STREET has gone. But keep up the good work and find a common policy among all these conservative parties.
  • commented 2016-07-10 10:20:26 +0930
    Robert, your opening comments remind me of that expression about “calling a spade a spade, not a shovel”. You and I, among so many of our Aussie population, have strong memories of those times as told to us by our parents and other family members. I had two uncles who fought during the second world war – one who fought and died in an Asian prison (he lost two legs), and another who fought in New Guinea and survived but suffered many years thereafter recovering from malaria and “shell shock”. I have a photograph of him – he was then a young man on leave from his military training prior to being sent to war – and now keep that photograph inside the book published “The Purple Devils” by Syd Trigellis-Smith about our Aussie soldiers who served in New Guinea. It’s a book that really should be read by the current younger generations of Australia. In those times, the enemy was without our Australian borders; not now, the enemy is within our country, already positioned to fight our traditional beliefs and rights – and they are increasing rapidly in numbers as they have opportunity to infiltrate our country by stealth from within to impose their demands upon our own way of life.

    We in Australia have been blessed by not having experienced war conditions on our own soil. If there is war in the near future, we may not be so fortunate to survive. We need to wake up, and be prepared to protect the beliefs and truths that we hold near to the heart.
  • commented 2016-07-09 15:47:15 +0930
    We have to get rid of ‘political correctness’ and call a spade a spade, not a shovel. My father fought in New Guinea to halt the threat of Japan invading Australia. Now I’m in a fight to halt the bigger danger of Islam invading this country. Japan was a direct threat, Islam is already here as an indirect threat as it is infiltrating all aspects of our society, universities, food products, politics, councils and even our armed forces. Mohammed told his followers to fight to the last man to conquer the world under his ‘dreamed up’ Islam and to destroy democracy and all other belief systems. Until Muslims denounce and remove the hatred, bigotry, violence and dualism from the undemocratic Koran I will continue to oppose them.
  • commented 2016-07-09 14:13:48 +0930
    I was appalled when Mr Turnbull was made leader of the Liberals. I was then bound to fulfil a promise made long ago that if he were ever leader I would put Labor ahead of Liberal on my ballot paper. That hurt, but it did feel good to make that protest vote. I have read The Conservative Revolution and hope that we can help make Australia a better place by having governments that believe in common sense and decency.
  • commented 2016-07-09 09:52:35 +0930
    Cory, I have followed you for quite a while, as representing an alternative to the current hopeless diversity-loving cuckservative we have in Turnbull, and even to some extent Abbott, who invited a number of Syrians into Australia for no apparent reason. For what it’s worth, my father is a long-time Liberal donor, and I donated myself for the first time last state election. I voted One Nation this Federal election. I was surprised to learn that a close friend did as well, and so did his former boss, also a Liberal donor. We only voted Senate, because we had no House option, but I assure you they would have gotten first preference from me in the House as well. I would place Liberal above Labor, Greens, and the other multicult-loving micro-parties.

    I have yet to see a statement regarding a net migration target, and that would be the one thing holding me back from embracing the Australian Conservatives (the net migration target should be as close as possible to zero, with a possible exception for ethnic British or Jewish migration). Frankly, we conserve nothing if we give away the country. I much prefer the Australia of my youth, where we could be proud of Australia as a British colony, and where we could vote along ideological lines instead of ethnic lines as we do today. I liked it better when we did not need airport security because we had no Muslims. And even when we did have airport security, I liked it better when there weren’t Muslims manning the security. I liked it when we could be proud instead of apologizing all the time. Even then, we only learned about the Crusades and not the Muslim invasions of Europe that gave rise to them. I liked it better when we had one ABC instead of two SBSes.

    The Liberal party, or at least the politicians of the right, who want to represent the assimilated white Australia, need to internalize this graph:

    http://www.abc.net.au/elections/federal/2010/guide/demographics.htm

    Importing non-English speaking people, and practically non-white people, as we are doing, is a losing strategy especially if they land in your electorate. The same is true in the USA. Non-white people feel safest when the white percentage of the vote is under 50%, as by then they have control of the country. They will practically never be majority Liberal voters. Non-white countries, as a rule, do not allow immigration of those outside the main races/ethnicities in their countries. So why should we?

    I am calling a spade a spade, because I believe that one of the best ways to combat PC is to deliberately ignore PC and not care about the “racist” epithet. Don’t play the games by the rules of the leftists.

    I manage a business, and frankly while I know that immigration lowers labour costs, I also realize that when everyone has access to cheap labour, the profit is driven down accordingly so no one is better off. I also think having that prioritizing an extra dollar over country marks one as a traitor. I realize this view may be old fashioned, but public opinion is changing all across the Anglosphere, and other white countries as well.

    Long story short, it’s the net migration rate Cory. Everything else is just window dressing. No change on net migration and country of origin, and Australian Conservatives will be just another useless cuckservative Liberal alternative like ALA. We are the silent majority because we lose our jobs if we say something in public, or we risk our businesses, but we are legion.

    If this post resonates, some of the best sites/books to learn more are:
    breitbart.com
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/
    isteve.blogspot.com (search for “Classic” and read each one)
    The Bell Curve – Murray and Herrnstein
  • commented 2016-07-08 21:19:56 +0930
    I like many fellow Australian’s are disappointed in the way Turnbull and Co are leading the Liberal Party down an almost left winged path… I was also very disappointed with the backstabbing of Abbott , we’d seen the outcomes of the Labor party doing this and I thought the Liberal party was better than that…but, it’s my belief that there was a bigger player dealing the cards that put old mate Turnbull at the reigns… and the reason is because Tony wouldn’t sign the “Paris agreement”….this in turn was the biggest left-wing sell out of all time setting the liberal party down a slippery path to socialism, the very core belief that is polar opposite to the values held by the liberal party of old. Now that proves why a good many of us where and are pissed off with both sides of politics for not listening to the people, for not running the bigger issues past us, and both sides of politics were shown this in the election by the results of the independents…but listening to Shorten, they ran a brilliant campaign (WTF…coming second in a 2 horse race is coming last) and listening to Christopher Pyne saying that the Libs are an Election winning machine has outraged me….they haven’t learnt the lessons that the people dealt them via way of voting (WTF…Turnbull is on bended knee to get independents support to potentially get across the line after he’d verbalised recently, that he wanted independents removed from the senate.) The Libs need to get back to the “Old Core values” and fast.. This country needs to run by real leadership that cares for the Australian way of life, we need to stop pandering to minorities and treat everyone equally…at the moment white anglo males are very much at the bottom of the heap, and we are sick of it…WAKE UP BEFORE WE DONT HAVE AUSTRALIAN VALUES ANY MORE.
  • commented 2016-07-08 21:12:02 +0930
    Thanks for facilitating a forum for conservative opinion and hopefully this will develop into a force for driving the public agenda back to the centre/right rather than the left driven agenda we are in at the moment.

    May I respectfully suggest that a catchy name for the organisation is needed.

    Suggestions from other members of the group?
  • commented 2016-07-08 07:04:21 +0930
    The media narrative will be that the new Government is a lame duck, waiting to get smashed in 2019, à la Gillard-Rudd in 2013, which will become self-fulfilling. To avoid that outcome we need to rapidly develop our own, strong counter narrative. This must consist of economic reform policies that the average voter can clearly understand will improve their chances of getting (or keeping) a job. If we do this, we will deflect attention away from Labor/media demands that we move to the left on sodomy and other socially destructive issues.
  • commented 2016-07-08 06:58:01 +0930
    This group needs its own Facebook page and Twitter account.
  • commented 2016-07-08 05:59:25 +0930
    IF Malcolm Turnbull remains leader (which I am not advocating) the Right must put certain demands on the table as the price of unity:
    1 T Abbott, E Abetz and C Bernardi (and any other fired conservatives) return to the Front Bench, esp in lower house, otherwise conservative leadership succession potential is doomed for a generation.
    2 No move left on climate, sexual politics or anything else. The “gay marriage” policy returns to “no vote, no plebiscite”. Plebiscite is a mistake, we will lose. We divert left media SSM pressure with strong economic agenda. “Safe Schools” is fully scrapped and Labor States forced to comply.
    3 Senator Paterson gets Education, the key front in the culture war. Birmingham is fighting for the left. It is critical to our future to deradicalise the universities. Unis are training left voters. Force them to allow diversity of thought as the price of continued funding. (Expose academic lunacy to public scrutiny to get people onside.)
    5 Incentivise/pressure Sinodinos to quit and try and get P Credlin in the Senate (strong, cons woman, on her OWN merit). Fire Martin Parkinson.
    6 Appointment of judges, commissioners etc requires conservative faction approval: e.g. Turnbull recently appointed a left, gender industry hack as Sex Discrimination Comm’r.
  • commented 2016-07-08 03:48:21 +0930
    Great to be part of your new movement Cory. I am a horribly disillusioned Liberal supporter who didn’t vote for them this time for the first time in my life. My family and many friends feel the same and did the same. I’m not sure that the Liberals had a lot going for them but Tony Abbott tried hard. The problem is that he had a total dysfunctional senate and internal white anting and disloyalty from within. Turnbull and Bishop leaked from cabinet undermining Tony. The one thing they did have going for them at that stage was that they would “never” do what Labor did and get rid of a sitting PM. They did it and lost me and many others accordingly. Disloyalty and treachery can never be rewarded otherwise we’re all finished. I cannot see a way forward for the Liberal party and there’s not with Turnbull there. He’s a self serving narcisist in the Rudd mould. He operated the same in his business life. If he is the leader for the next election no matter whether it’s 3 months, one year or 3 years the Liberals will get smashed. Worse though that surely many ministers must have got a scare but not so apparently as they are in total denial.
    Let’s get this country moving again and I believe that this movement is the beginning.
  • commented 2016-07-07 22:44:32 +0930
    Dear Cory,
    Don’t dream it, do it!
    You are a great statesman in the mould of John Howard and Tony Abbott!
    “Le sens commun n’est pas si commun.”
    P.S. How’s the view up there?
  • commented 2016-07-07 22:14:46 +0930
    Great to see the word conservative at last in politics. I’m an ex Liberal party member, contributor, volunteer and scrutineer, now with ALA. I and many more are very interested in the following:
    a. Do you support the current “Liberal” party polcy of superannuation caps on the money saved by aspirational voters from their OWN incomes?
    b. What is your policy on the “human rights” commission and the abolition of the HRC?
    c. Where do you stand on the rights of properly checked law abiding Australian citizens to own a gun?
    d. What is the policy on containing the obscene pay, allowances and perks and pension schemes for politicians and public “servants”?
  • commented 2016-07-07 20:43:23 +0930
    A couple of months ago I went and joined the ALA. I did this because I couldn’t see Cory’s Australian Conservative Party getting up any time soon (to use a colloquialism). Cory’s statement: ‘It’s more important than ever that we unite Australian Conservatives, who share many views, regardless of their party affiliation’ is altogether too vague, too intangible to be able to pin anything onto. One of the problems with a good many organisations, in this day and age, is inadequate communication with the ‘grass roots’ part.
    So, some questions: how do you propose to ‘unite Australian Conservatives’, without actually forming a party?
    What do you mean by ‘formalisation of a broad conservative movement to help change politics’, again, without actually forming a new party?
    Tonight I heard Christopher Pine enunciate how wonderful his own campaign had been, regurgitating the Turnbull spin about the economy, superannuation etc, the very aspects that Andrew Hastie consigned to the rubbish bin. I heard Scott Morrison, too, voicing confidence on the Liberal Party, its campaign and its future, when all the evidence points to the opposite. We, of Middle Australia, don’t mind if you say ‘I really haven’t a clue’, if you don’t know, rather than avoiding the question, Shorten style, and pointing the finger anywhere but oneself. Ask Shorten how his campaign is going, he’ll tell you everything that is wrong with the Coalition campaign. Ask him about the Medicare campaign and he’ll slither onto some totally unrelated topic. This all creates the mother of all frustrations in people and Pauline’s One Nation accepted them all with open arms, and then gives a totally down to earth, end of campaign speech, telling the nation what she intends to achieve, despite the considerable threat to her own person, as she announces her intention to do something about creeping Islamisation.
    I am not about to transfer to Pauline’s One Nation, nor leave ALA, despite our disappointing results, but I yearn for straight talking.
    I’m suffering from a throat and chest infection, and feel I may have been a little more negative than I ought to have been, so forgive me. I shall continue to write my readers’ comments in The Australian and The Quadrant magazine and hope to give voice to the ‘silent majority’.
  • commented 2016-07-07 20:20:44 +0930
    I am interested in being a member as I am very disillusioned with the LNP
  • commented 2016-07-07 20:18:22 +0930
    Happy to jump on board Cory. The liberal party has been infected with socialism. Time to rid the country of it once more. The fight for freedom never ends.
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