Episode 60

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CORY BERNARDI: Hello everyone, it’s Cory Bernardi here. Welcome to another Weekly Dose of Common Sense podcast; I hope you had a fantastic Easter. I know I had a really good break, it was just terrific and now I’m back on the road visiting my great state of South Australia trying to promote Rikki Lambert who’s a fantastic candidate here, and Carl Teusner who’s on the ticket with Rikki. Hopefully we can get another Senator elected here just as we can all across the country. In the next few weeks I’ll be visiting many states as the time permits, helping our stand-out candidates or the candidates for the Australian Conservatives.

But, I hope you got a break as I did. One group of people didn’t take a break over Easter. No, it wasn’t the whinging, carping Greens; it was the international jihadists who wrecked more carnage, this time targeting worshippers in Sri Lanka. Hundreds were killed, but I wasn’t surprised by a lack of comment from the civilisation-hating, anti-Christian Greens Party. They said they were going to be out-and-about over Easter because they don’t respect religious holidays but they didn’t want to venture into condemning the Islamists. I didn’t hear their whiney voices blaming hate-speech from within the Islamic community, nor the reprehensible deeds of their prophet Mohammed who is considered the role model for all Muslims.

It wasn’t that long ago that these weak, weak souls couldn’t reach a microphone fast enough. They wanted to blame us, the Common Sense community, amoungst many, for the actions of a deraged lunatic who spent scarcely a month in Australia over the last three years and commited a reprehensible crime in Christchurch, New Zealand. But now, they choose to ignore the actions of the psycho Islamists pursuing a backwards and hate-filled agenda that actually eminates from medieval teachings that simply are not brought into the modern world.

Sure, let’s acknowledge it wasn’t on our doorstep – it happened in a land far away – but, these outrage activists pick and choose when to trigger their outrage and they just disappear when the problem doesn’t suit their anti-West agenda. And let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, their agenda is a very dangerous one. They have magic pudding economics that will send us all broke; they have an electricity policy that will take us back to the Dark Ages; their immigration policy will open our borders; their business policy will destroy the economy; their PC agenda will destroy your freedom of speech and take away your other freedoms; their education policy will produce political automotons rather than rational and considered thinkers; and these fringe-dwellers, these Green nutbags could hold the balance of power in the next Parliament to implement this warped agenda. It is very dangerous; we simply cannot afford it to happen.

Now, I know that most listeners to this blog wouldn’t be silly enough to vote Greens but I also know people are looking outside of the major parties; to take out an insurance policy, if you will, to protect them from poor government decisions and we know – whether it’s a blue team or the red team – they make decisions that are bad for all of us ... just look around.

Now, that insurance policy, of course, is best taken out in the Senate. No point having a minority government that’s going to be held captive to the whims of some radicals, but you need a principaled Senate. I’ve looked in the Senate in the last three years and I’ve seen many minor party Senators and independent Senators sell-out for a few baubles of politics. They’ve voted for policies that they’ve spent years railing against and it’s obvious they’ve either been bewitched by the government’s spin-doctors or they haven’t got a clue what they’re doing. It could also be that many of them don’t actually believe in anything so they have no core beliefs. That’s why, I guess, I started the Australian Conservatives; I saw this coming. I saw an increasing number of people were going to be disillusioned with major parties and they were going to cast their vote around looking for an alternative, and the alternatives that were on offer were not principaled, they weren’t motivated by prudent policy. They were generally just angry populists looking to create problems rather than offer solutions.

I don’t think that it is the country or our people. Whereas, the Australian Conservatives are different: we are highly principaled, all our Senate candidates are - we’re motivated by prudent policy.

Whilst this doesn’t grab the headlines that others do – or buy – it is surprising how many others do actually grab our policy agenda and then claim it as their own. And it’s not just minor parties, it’s the majors as well. That’s flattering, of course, it leads to one big problem: these policy magpies, as I call them, are simply demonstrating they haven’t got a clue what to do themselves; they don’t have the common sense filter or the credibility filter to come up with these solutions themselves.

It remindeds me of the sage words of my Year 8 school teacher, whom I shall not name - I’ve caught up with him a couple of times since then – but he used to tell me, “If you don’t know what you stand for, you’ll fall for anything,” and that’s exactly what we’ve got happening in the Senate now. Just as Australia can’t afford to give the balance of power to the intrasegence of the Greens – who do not have any common sense – we can’t afford to entrust it to unprincipaled opportunists who don’t really stand for anything, either. That’s why, for the sake of the nation, we need the Australian Conservatives to prevail at this election; they are the only political party dedicated to bringing common sense back to Canberra.

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CORY BERNARDI: In 2019, the week after the Easter weekend, that’s when this podcast is being recorded; also contains a very, very important date in the psyche of all Australians, and that of course, is ANZAC Day.

It was 25 April in 1915; that was the day that Australian and New Zealand soldiers were deployed in significant numbers, nine months into the First World War. It was around dawn of that day, that the ANZACS landed on Gallipoli Peninsula on a beach and place now known as ANZAC Cove. Of course, it wasn’t the planned landing place, it was less open and more defensible for the Turks. The ascent from the beach was steeper; the terrain was more rugged; the vegetation was thicker and the maps not actually suited; and within the first day ANZAC casualties numbered 2,000 men – either killed or wounded. But incredibly, their spirit, their courage, remained unbroken.

Over the entire eight-month campaign, Australia lost nearly 9,000 men. New Zealand lost nearly 3,000 men. The combined Allied losses numbered nearly 57,000 men – a very similar number to the Ottoman Turks. In the end, the Allies withdrew their forces to Egypt and the Ottoman Turks had a tough win, but this was to be their only win of the First World War. Conversely, the ANZAC fighting spirit, against all odds, had been born and defined our soldiers in future conflicts.

This is in many ways, a sacred day for our nation; and I don’t mean that in any profane way to those who are deeply religious. But, it is a day where we recognise the sacrifice that generations of servicemen and women have made for all of us; for freedom all around the world. We should be grateful for what they’ve done. We are grateful for what they’ve done, and we show that every day of the year but mostly, if we can turn out at the Dawn Service and give that moment of silence; to ease ourselves from our comfortable slumber, to remember every single freedom that we have today, has been fought for by those who have been entrusted with the welfare and safety of our nation.

I hope you will attend an ANZAC Dawn Service. Lest We Forget.

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CORY BERNARDI: Welcome back. This is the Common Sense podcast and you’re part of the Common Sense community, and we’re embroiled in an election and during elections we should be talking about policy because it should be front and centre. It shouldn’t be about personalities; it shouldn’t be able who can scream the loudest; it should be about who’s got decent policies. Now, I know there are many in the Conservative community who are deeply concerned about that ABC bias and yet they also love having their ABC available, and none more so than in regional communities.

Wherever I go - and right now I’m in South Australia – in regional communities around this great country, there are people who tell me they want to keep the ABC. So, our policy on the national broadcaster recognises the importance of the national broadcaster to many Australians, particularly those located in rural and remote communities. We also recognised that a diversified and financially sustainable media industry is important for all Australians, too. So, we’re going into sort of a half-way house: we want to merge the ABC and the SBS and we will require this new, merged broadcaster to strictly adhere to an enhanced charter where obligations are balanced and presentation of a diversity of views is paramount. And, we’re going to ensure that it puts a greater emphasis on rural and regional broadcasting and alleviating other important gaps in the commercial media coverage, simply because there are areas of market failure.

Now to flesh this out: the media sector in Australia and around the world, is undergoing significant disruption and national, taxpayer-funded broadcasting cannot be insulated from these changes. Things are changing; the ABC, the SBS need to change with it. So, we’ll merge them into a single, consolidated broadcaster, saving taxpayers over $1bn every year with the savings dedicated to debt reduction to fulfil one of the moral obligations that we have: not to live beyond our means.

And we’re going to make sure that the consolidated broadcaster will give greater rural and regional focus to ensure the few remaining gaps in the Australian media landscape are closed. That includes providing critical information during natural disasters and emergencies; we’re going to make sure the whole country is well covered in the event of national emergencies.

We want to ensure that there is balance on this merged broadcaster; so, we’ll reform the board arrangements and the charter of the current ABC and ensure that the consolidated broadcaster is truly impartial, unbiased and presents a diversity of views representative of the Australian nation, not just a full-on, lefty pile-on.

Australian Conservatives will also limit the consolidated broadcaster to two TV stations, covering news, current affairs, drama and entertainment.

We’ll limit the consolidated broadcaster to two radio stations available nationally, with local and national content.

There’s no need to have eight, taxpayer funded television stations in this country, and that’s what we have at the moment – mostly running a bunch of nonsense.

Further, the Australian Conservatives will also limit the provision of online services by the consolidated broadcaster to on-demand viewing of the local news, entertainment and current affairs programme produced by the broadcaster. They don’t need to be cannibalising the online content space because it makes our other media sectors unprofitable, and if they’re unprofitable they will not continue, and if they don’t continue the only broadcaster we have is going to be the national broadcaster ... and that’s not healthy.

In a budget context, this is going to save taxpayers over $1bn every, single year. That will be used to repay national debt; it will further strengthen the diversity of the media market by limiting the size and scope and reach of government-funded broadcasting. It is a policy consistent with the interest of this country, consistent with our vision for a smaller, leaner government, and consistent with our desire to start paying back the debt that rash governments have so rapidly accrued over the last decade-or-so.

That’s the Australian Conservative policy agenda, I hope you’ll support it and I hope you’ll share it with your friends. I’ll be back.

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CORY BERNARDI: Hello everyone, you’re listening to the Common Sense podcast. I’m Cory Bernardi and it’s time for Your Say.

I haven’t got a crop of emails here, it’s been a bit quieter, I have to say, because of the Easter weekend and I hope you’ve all had a good break.

But Michael’s teed-off, he says, “Thanks for the podcast, it’s my favourite podcast of the week. You’ve covered Senate preferences before but it might be worth mentioning that people’s votes could be wasted if they don’t preference properly. Obviously, everyone should put Australian Conservatives as Number 1 but they also need to number 2 to 6 as well. If they don’t preference one of the major parties in their top six, their vote might expire. I know you have no love for the Liberals, and neither do I, but they’re a lot better than Labor or the Greens. It might be worth encouraging people to put the Liberals at Number 6 or at least above Labor and the Greens.”

Well Michael, actually, you make a really good point: a vote just for the Australian Conservatives is a valid vote, like it is for any other party. But the difference is, there are no party-directed preferences any more. If you number one to three or one to six or one to twelve, then your vote is valid; it will flow on and on and on until there are no more preferences. So, ultimately it would be better if you land with the Liberals – that would be my choice over the major parties. If you want to go through the minor parties of your choice, but if you don’t and you don’t preference Labor or the Greens well, you won’t be delivering a vote to them, either.

So, my personal view is: you should choose those parties who most align with your values and, I think you’re probably right in this case, you should end up somewhere with the Liberals. But then again, I’m a tribal sort of traditional liberal, but I realise that the current Liberal Party is not the party that I joined.

Anyway, that’s why we started the Australian Conservatives.

Julia says, “I’ve got two questions about how to vote for the upcoming election. I really support your party and largely agree with your policies. Firstly, how do I find out if you have a representative running in my seat? I live in Queensland.”

Well Julia, we do have a representative running in your seat in the Senate; it covers the entire state. Our Lead Candidate there is Lyle Shelton, we have Joanna Lindgren and Kate Horan who are running on the ticket as well. So, every Queenslander can vote for the Australian Conservatives in the Senate.

Julia says, “Secondly, I understand you won’t have the numbers to win government overall, so I want to support the LNP to win but obviously more conservative reps is ideal. How will you work out your preferences if I put the Conservative Party first on my ballot paper?”

Julia, once again: we’re not running in the Lower House, you are running the Senate. You can vote for your LNP candidate in your local seat and do whatever you want on that ballot paper because we’re not contesting it, but when it comes to the Senate we’re asking you to Vote 1 for Australian Conservatives.

We’ve got a ‘thank you’ here from Louis. “I read with interest in the AFR – the financial review, that is – you oppose Labor’s retiree tax. As retirees, we’ll be significantly impacted by Labor’s policy. My wife and I would like to personally thank you for your support in this matter.” That’s a nice change, Louis. Thank you. Not from you, mate, I’m pleased, but someone actually read where our policy is rather than bother to just write in and say, “Why aren’t you doing more?” Good on you.

Well, Israel Folau caused a bit of a stink last week – as my blog referred to – and it’s generated a bit of conversation as well.

We’ve got Alan who says, “We’d love to hear all you conservatives speak up in Parliament loud and clear that you support Issy, but I suppose hell might freeze over before that happens.” Alan, I’m not sure what to say about this. You don’t read my blog clearly, you don’t pay any attention, you just send emails and complain. Yeah, hell might freeze over before you inform yourself before you send me emails like this ... and Parliament’s not sitting either, Alan.

Mark says, “I don’t totally agree. Please review your statement that there’s nothing wrong with his statement. Israel actually stated, ‘God’s plan for gay people is hell.’ Actually, that’s not at all true. The bible does not ever state that hell was created for mankind,” and on and on and on we’d go. Well Mark, I’m not going to tell you that he didn’t say, “God’s plan for gay people is hell,” he mentioned a list of behaviours that are considered sinful and have traditionally been barriers to entry to Heaven, so let’s be a bit specific.

But, why would people who don’t believe in religion, that don’t believe in a book which talks about sins - which talks about behaviours that they don’t believe are sinful, that they might end up going to a place that they don’t believe in in the first place – why would they get upset about this? Why are atheists, agnostics and people who deny the Christian version of the world getting so upset about a Christian having beliefs? They don’t believe in them. It’s just bizarre, it’s just weird as far as I’m concerned. I just think he’s allowed to say what he wants. You don’t have to agree with it – not everyone does by any stretch – but I don’t think he’s said anything terribly bad.

Lillian: “While you have my vote this time around, I do not agree with your statement with regard to Israel Folau. We’re each entitled to our own religious beliefs – agreed. However, Israel should not push his belief and religious sentiments on others.” Okay, Lillian. He didn’t; he put a social media post out. It’s his social media account; he’s allowed to put on it what he wants within the bounds of the law. Just like you’re allowed to say what you think is true. You’re not pushing your beliefs on anyone else, but you can put on your Facebook page or your Twitter page, you can put your thoughts on there. He’s allowed to.

“However, we have enough of this with Islamic faith and Sharia Law which should be outlawed in this country.” Oh, okay. So, we’ll outlaw Sharia Law – which it is – we’ll outlaw Islam and then another group of people will want to outlaw Christianity. See the principle you’ve got here?

Religious belief is a state of mind; it is a belief system. You really want to outlaw belief systems? Seems a bit weird to me.

“To each his own is a personal thing. Bringing his sport club into religion is wrong.” Well, he didn’t. “I wish you good luck in the coming election.” Thank you, Lillian. I appreciate that but I’m going to have to disagree with you on this, I really am, I’m sorry. But, other people might agree with you. Let me know: send me an email at cory@corybernardi.com.

David says, “Unless one is deaf, blind, or dumb, it is blatantly obvious that coming up to election time the government of the day use public purse to fund advertising, promoting itself at no expense to themselves. This is so whether the government of the day is Labor or Liberal. I find this practice disgraceful and give further weight to why we have little respect to politicians.” Yes, you’re quite right, David. “However,” he goes on, “what really made my blood boil this past week is that the Victorian state government has been using Victorian taxpayer money for TV ads effectively promoting federal Labor. It may surprise Dan Andrews, but half of Victoria does not vote Labor,” and so on and so on and so on.

We’ll, I have to agree with you. I think Dan Andrews is a disgrace, quite frankly, but the normal rules seem not to apply, there.

John says, “Paul Murray did a Pub Test from Launceston with most of the Senate candidates except your party. Was your party not invited? The Greens and Labor did not front,” and so on and so on and so on. Well, the short answer is: I don’t think we were invited, to be honest. I received a text message from Justin Stringer down there, and Nigel Frame who are running for the Senate for the Australian Conservatives saying, “Why weren’t be part of this,” and I’ll be taking it up with Paul Murray when I’m on there on Thursday night. So, I don’t have an answer to that but I wish we were invited.

Paul says, “Jobseekers: it seems ridiculous that young adults do not have access to employment agencies if their parents earn over a certain amount. It would appear that only those from a low-income family should be funded under the current scheme. You cannot access job seeker’s...” he does not receive any funding to place him with an employer. A job/Centrelink office cannot assist and he’s left out in the cold with regards to employment opportunities.

Well, this is a really good point. I don’t know that much about it, Paul, but I will find out in the new Parliament and hopefully we can fix any anomaly in that system.

Paabo: “How come the Australian government waste money on women studies on gender pay gap? Both males and females get paid the same amount for each hour worked. I require to know what the salaries of these women for wasting our taxes in this biased report,” so on and so on and so on.

I don’t know why they do this stuff, either. In fact, I do: it’s done to deliver a certain narrative, and the narrative is that we need to be identifying people by gender – not that gender matters anymore, of course, according to the same people – to say how disadvantaged individuals are. But you’re right, this issue is that people do get paid the same amount per hour if they’re on that sort of system, but there are other groups of people who are on salaries who get paid differently. And they’re trying to identify that where men and women are working in the same job doing the same roles, they get paid different amounts. Now, people will find whatever evidence of that they want. I look at female tennis players and say, “They get paid the same amount and they play less tennis than the men in the grand slams.” Doesn’t seem fair to me, but of course, that would be sexist.

Frank, I’m going to finish on this because Frank has taken me to task. Frank says, “Please get progressive out of your lexicon. The left is not progressive, usually the opposite. Call them what they are: socialists, communists, world-government totalitarians, not progressives. This word has been bastardised. You think of another word in this category.” I think you make a very good point, Frank: they are regressive and I apologise for referring to them in the terms that I did. I will never utter that world again, or at least, I hope not.

You can remind me, and you can have your say on this podcast by sending me an email: cory@corybernardi.com

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CORY BERNARDI: Well folks, that’s it for another episode of the Common Sense podcast. Thank you so much for tuning in, I always love hearing from you and I’m so pleased to measure the stats that say this podcast is going further, being heard by more, and that means the Common Sense message is getting out there.

I’m out and about too, doing this recording from under a towel just like last week. Next week, I should be back in the studio where we will be able to, hopefully, get some interesting callers coming through and we’ll have a bit of a chat with them as well, so it won’t be just my voice going out to you.

We’ve got to grow our Common Sense community, you’re a big part of it. Thanks for tuning in and I look forward to having a chat with you again next week on the Weekly Dose of Common Sense podcast.

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