Episode 65

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CORY BERNARDI: Hello everyone, this is Cory Bernardi. Welcome to another Weekly Dose of Common Sense podcast. We’ve got a brief podcast for you today because I’m out on the road again doing my podcast under a towel, hence the lack of sound quality. I’m on the road saying ‘thank you’ to a few people around the state for their efforts during the election, doing the ‘mop up’ - if you will - to find out what people think of the election result.

I’ve got to tell you, it’s pretty interesting. People are overwhelmingly happy. Even traditional Labor voters are happy. They didn’t like the radical agenda that Labor were putting forward and they liked Bill Shorten even less, so they’re giving ScoMo the benefit of the doubt and hoping that he does the right thing by the country. I’m optimistic that he will. Now, there’s no guarantees in politics - we know that - but I’m optimistic that he will.

But the big news (apart from the ministry being sworn in and all of that, and we’ll talk about that a bit later on – or at least one particular minister and the mighty job that he’s got and whether it’s going to make any difference or not) but history has been set.

We’re also going to have a big Your Say.

One of the things that people have been raising with me has been the new Leader of the Opposition, Albo – Anthony Albanese (or Al-ban-eez as some say, but it’s Al-ban-ay-ze). Anyway.

Anthony Albanese – Albo – is an inner-city, Tory-hater. He hates the Tories – wants to fight Tories all the time. He likes ‘spinning the discs’, drinking craft beer and being a bit trendy. He doesn’t have a shovel-bearded, hipster growth but he is everything that is actually the problem with the Labor Party. They’ve been catering to these inner-city elites and neglecting the blue-collar, working base. That was traditionally the preserve of the Labor Party; they were in it for the ‘working man’. Now they’re in it for the gentrified class in the inner-city suburbs where they want to talk about climate change rather than coal jobs; where they want to talk about identities and what you’re identifying as today rather than how you’re going to pay your electricity bill or whether your kids are going to have a chance at getting a decent job or how you’re going to pay your mortgage. It’s just – I think – a step backwards for Labor.

Now, the counter to this is that Anthony Albanese – or Albo – is really popular; he’s identified as ‘one of the people’ - but will that get him there? I don’t know that people want a popular Prime Minister. They want someone who’s going to go in and fight for them and not on the class warfare trail. Is Albo really going to diminish his credibility by say, “All the things I’ve championed for the last 20 years in politics, I’m going to ditch. I’m going to dump this climate change malarkey. I’m going to stop saying, ‘Let’s soak the rich to give to others’. We’re not going to engorge and empower the union movement or grow the public service beyond what it should be.” I just – it just doesn’t ring true to me.

Now, I could have this all wrong, but my gut feeling is Albo is a stop-gap leader for the Labor Party and whilst they may elect him now, at some point in time, someone else who is more palatable, who has more consistent framework, who is more contemporary in their thinking, will actually take the leadership on.

Now, I don’t know about that. I don’t know how Labor is going to work internally but by goodness, they’ve got a heck of a lot of stuff they need to work through because what they’ve done to themselves has really ... by losing this election – losing the unlosable election – is an extraordinary indictment on their processes. So collective are they - their groupthink is so strong that they were unprepared to countenance other opinions and that was summed up by Chris Bowen when he said, “If you don’t like our policies, don’t vote for us.” Well, a heck of a lot of people didn’t vote for you and that’s why you lost the election. That, plus the other symbolism.

Remember Penny Wong, you know ‘she who can do no wrong’? Except that she refused to shake Senator Birmingham’s hand. Now that, to me, was symbolic of how Labor treats with contempt those they disagree with. It was part of a mosaic – a fabric if you like – that said, “Labor is declaring war on anyone who dares to disagree” with them. That’s not the Australian way. If you like your freedoms, if you want to invest and protect your own future, if you want to say, “I want to hold my superannuation outside of an industry super fund. I want my franking credits. I want to treat people with courtesy and respect differing points of view. I’ll stick up for your religious freedom. I’ll stick up for freedoms full stop and just because you disagree with me doesn’t mean that you’re a hate-speaker and need to be shut down,” all of those things – if you believe them, you couldn’t vote for the Labor Party and I think that’s what it was in the end.

People weren’t enamoured particularly with the Liberals; they were impressed with Scott Morrison but he was the least risky alternative and I think they’ve chosen wisely, quite frankly. Every time he errs, I’ll be reminding him. Every time he does well, I’ll remind him about that, too. So, don’t worry about it, listeners – I’ve got your back for the next three years at least, and I’m pleased to have you onboard.

Let me know what you think. We love your feedback: cory@corybernardi.com.

We’re going to get into Your Say a little bit later in the podcast but before then, I’m going to come back and we’re going to talk about a little piece of history that was made 19 years ago; see what difference has occurred since then and tie it into some history that was made just yesterday.

Stick with us.

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CORY BERNARDI: After last week where I ran through all those dates through international history – because I’d discovered a new website – a lot of people said, “What a great idea! I’d like to know more about it but I also want it to have an Australian flavour.” So, just briefly, here is what happened on 28 May in Australian history:

In 1814, Governor Macquarie offered a free pardon to absconded Tasmanian convicts - except for murderers.

In 2000, 250,000 people walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the People’s Walk for Reconciliation during Corroboree 2000 – I’m going to come back to that in a second.

In 2010, The Australian newspaper becomes Australia’s first newspaper to launch an iPad, digital edition. Well, hasn’t that changed your life?

But tell me, what changed when 250,000 people walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a Walk for Reconciliation? Have Aboriginal or Indigenous health outcomes improved since then? Nope. Is there a lower rate of domestic violence in Aboriginal communities? Nope. What about sexual abuse of children? Nope. Substance abuse? Nope. Have you closed the gap? Nope. Did it make people feel good about themselves? Oh, that’s right – it did. It made them feel virtuous, “Look at me! Yes! I’m doing something!” It’s like clicking a Facebook like; you’re not really making any difference at all but you’re demonstrating how moral you are. And, we’re back to the same cycle, now.

We were told a national apology to Indigenous people would change everything. It didn’t change anything at all. We’ve still got the same problems we did then. We’re told that if we have an Aboriginal voice in parliament – a parallel parliament (that’s what they’re pushing now) to be consulted on legislation – it would change everything. No it won’t; it will divide it. If you want an Aboriginal voice in parliament, elect more Aboriginal people to the parliament. We’ve got people there, already.

In fact, just yesterday, the first Aboriginal was sworn in as the Indigenous Affairs Minister – first time in history.

Now, the question is: Is he going to make any difference? I doubt it – I seriously doubt it. Not because he’s not a good guy but because not much can make a difference in this space until you confront reality.

And the reality is this: Throwing money at a problem of community dislocation, of lack of jobs, people who are dependant on welfare, is going to only create and foster a bigger problem. That’s what has happened. As soon as people can get something for nothing, more and more people want to join that bandwagon. You have to have – we have to have, because it’s a national crisis – an approach to it that is going to ensure people take responsibility for themselves. You have to respect yourself before you can expect others to respect you and if you continue to drink or take drugs or smoke cigarettes or neglect the most basic of human pursuits to protect your well-being and your health, then it’s not going to get better; it’s going to get worse.

I’m sick to death of the Greens and all of these other lefty do-gooders trying to pretend that there is this ‘noble savage’ happening out there because it’s not. Kids are dying. Kids are being born with syphilis. The only place that syphilis exists in this country for anyone under, I think, 20, is in Aboriginal communities. It’s just appalling.

The incarceration rates are terrible because crime is endemic, but that’s not our fault. Well, it is our fault, actually, because we’re giving people money for nothing; we’re paying them to do nothing and people, when they’ve got nothing to do, create trouble – they look for things to do. I know that myself because when I was Parliamentary Secretary to Tony Abbott, he gave me nothing to do and I just always created trouble. Anyway ... it’s human nature.

But honestly, since 2000, it’s been 19 years since 250,000 people walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge ... hasn’t changed a thing. Surely, if we’re going to learn something from history, it’s that we shouldn’t repeat it. Virtue signalling does not work. We need to confront the whole, cold, hard facts and recognise that what we’ve been doing is failing. Failing a whole generation, a whole community of people, and so we can’t keep that up.

Let me know what you think. Send me an email: cory@corybernardi.com.

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CORY BERNARDI: Thanks for staying with us. This is your Weekly Dose of Common Sense and it’s time for Your Say; the most popular segment of the podcast. It’s where we canvass your views and I give you my responses and you are then free to tell me where I’m going right or wrong.

One email that I received a couple of weeks ago, which I’ve overlooked and I shouldn’t have. You may recall, if you’re a regular listener, that I received a heads-up from someone inside the Australian Taxation Office about their diversity celebrations and how they encouraged everyone to celebrate Ramadan. Well, I’ve got another email.

He says, “After my previous contribution, things were all quiet on the diversity front at the ATO for a whole three days until last Friday, the attached splash screen popped up during the login process.” Now, listeners, this is a rainbow with some justice scales and it says, “Justice and protection for all. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. A worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities.” That’s your tax office at work.

Anyway, he continues. He says, “It’s getting beyond a joke. One moment it’s celebration of Ramadan, then next it’s a celebration of sexual and gender diversities. These are two things that seem at the polar opposite ends of the spectrum and yet another example of the divisive and damaging nature of identity politics. How about a celebration of actually effectively and efficiently administering the Tax Act?”

The email goes on, and I’m not going to mention the chap’s name, but this is actually a very important point: What is our public service doing getting engaged in this stuff? What about asking people to do their jobs and just doing it properly?

Sharon says, “Hi Cory. It’s just a venting email, really. It’s a sad day when your work organisation wants you to dress in rainbow colours and celebrate and support the LGBTI movement against their challenges and terrible discrimination they cop. What the ... ? Isn’t it the other way around?” Ha, Sharon. You know what? You’re actually kind of right; it is the other way around, now. Ask Israel Folau.

It just seems crazy that we’re picking up all this stuff and we’ve got to celebrate diversity everywhere or protect cultures or protect values except our own - the ones that have built us and founded us. It’s just mind-numbingly stupid. I only hope the Morrison Government wakes up to it all.

Greg says, “I donated to and voted for the Conservatives.” Thank you. “While I’m just as bothered by the results of the election as you, the fact is our expectations were probably set too high. We’re building a party from scratch – that takes time,” and so on.

Brian says the same, “For the campaign, I distributed pamphlets. I made two observations: Some people mistook us for the Conservative National Party; the Senate form had just ‘1’ on it for the Conservative Party. Some thought they could just put a ‘1’ and nothing else. I think it should have had ‘1 to 6’ indicated.” All right. Let’s go for the first thing:

Greg, yes, we are trying to build a party from scratch. Extraordinarily, I’ve received hundreds of emails from people who say, “Oh, I voted for you second or third but I voted for such-and-such first because I didn’t want to risk a Labor government.” Now, these are party members – these are people that we’ve spoken to repeatedly about why we were only running in the Senate and it is no risk. If our own party members, if members of the public who have been voting for 40 years do not understand the voting system – I cannot help them. Yes, I’m disappointed, but disappointed that people who say they support us vote for us second. Crazy.

Brian’s point about the Conservative National Party: I think you’re right and that’s why we objected to it to the AEC. But of course, the AEC registered the Conservative National Party, anyway.

And, number 2 point, Brian: The Senate form had just ‘1’ on it for the Conservative Party. “Some people thought they could just put a ‘1’ in and nothing else.” Well, Brian, they could and if they did it’s still a valid vote and we would have seen that registered. We just didn’t get enough of them.

Ann-Maree says, “I just want to say, ‘don’t give up’, ‘your party is still young’, and ‘keep both the major parties honest’. I voted for you both state and federal elections. You’re going to be my ‘Number 1’ on the white paper. I didn’t have a candidate but I’m thankful for your whole party; they want the same things I do for this country.”

Well, you’re absolutely right and I thank you for your vote and I thank you for your support.

Amanda says, “Thanks for putting the Australian Conservatives forward as a choice for the Senate in Queensland.” We got your first preference. Thank you, Amanda.

Brayden: “The podcast is great. Keep it up. What lessons have you learned coming into the last election? How would you have approached it differently? What would consider in the future?” Well, Brayden, there’s plenty of lessons. One is ... aha ... well ... I-I-I’m struggling for words here because no matter how much we do and how much we say and how much information we provide, it’s not enough. People don’t pay attention.

I’ve also learned - quite frankly - that anything between one election and the start of another one really goes unnoticed by the vast majority of people. The number of people who would contact us and say, “What’s your stance on Safe Schools,” or, “What’s your stance on immigration,” or, “What’s your stance on such-and-such,” and these people have been receiving our emails and the podcasts and all the information we’ve been sending out for at least a year. It just says to me that people don’t listen, they don’t want to pay attention until the election is there.

So, the only thing you can do is save up as much money as you can and run in an election campaign and try and promote it as far and wide as you can and try and get some volunteers. Because we got a lot of emails as well, Brayden, from people who said, “Why wasn’t there someone on this booth? If you had of asked me I would have done it.” When you do remind them that they were asked many times and didn’t respond ... it kind of is frustrating. But anyway, Brayden, we’ll keep going; it’s all we can do. The country needs us.

Elizabeth says she “... voted for the Australian Conservatives” Thank you. And she says that “... if there was no Australian Conservative Party, the LNP would not have changed direction to the Turnbull Government. I’m no longer a member of the LNP and will not vote for the because of Turnbull’s and Queensland’s support of same-sex marriage.” Well, thank you, Elizabeth. You know, I do comfort myself – or console myself – sometimes by thinking, “The Australian Conservatives were born because the Liberal Party was heading in entirely the wrong direction and if we didn’t recruit the tens of thousands of members, if we didn’t have some momentum and threaten this status quo maybe – just maybe – the Liberal Party wouldn’t have changed direction. So, perhaps we’ve done something good for the country.” I hope so, anyway. It gives me some comfort.

Graham says, “Thank you for your and your team’s energetic efforts in presenting yourselves for election. Sorry things didn’t pan out as hoped. Your voice is needed in parliament. In my small way, I encourage you to continue your excellent work and contribution to find better ways to make our wonderful country shine as an example to the world and that our democracy is functioning properly.” Well, thank you very much, Graham, I will do just that.

Janet says, “We appreciated you being there.” Gee, this is like a sympathy corner for Cory, but it shouldn’t be because Australian Conservatives is a people’s party.

“If there was a box,” Janet writes, “We could honestly tick, as a decent party, never mind how well or not well you did, we appreciated you being there. Would like you to be there for the next election.”

Jo says, “Detecting a note of despondency in your weekly message. Mate, I’ve been looking at the AEC’s site and there’s no tangible results coming under the line,” and so on and so on. Look, Jo, I’m not despondent. Well, I’m frustrated, but in the end the people voted; they’d made their decisions. But, c’mon, we’ve got to be frank. The Stoners’ Party got more votes than us. The Vegan Party got more votes than us. Our own supporters would say, “Oh, we put you Number 2 or Number 3 because we wanted to support Scott Morrison,” or, “We wanted to support Pauline Hanson.” Well, gee. Really? What’s the point of being a member of a political party if you don’t vote for them?

Leanne says, “I managed to give a couple of hours-or-so to an otherwise unmanned booth in my area on election day.” Thank you, Leanne. “Never done anything like that before.” Excellent. That’s really wonderful. Thank you. “Also noted the LNP were preferencing the Australian Conservatives last on their how-to-votes. What is going on, there? Would have thought they would have put you second.”

Well, we weren’t running in Lower House seats and so, you know, we’re of no value to them. But ultimately, look, unless you get a big enough primary vote it makes no difference with the preferences. Our primary vote was so far off-the-mark - I think we got about 1% in Queensland. So, no matter how many preferences come our way, it wouldn’t have made any difference.

Raymond: “I just enjoyed listening to your Weekly Dose of Common Sense podcast.” Thank you. He’s “... a founding member of the AC,” and he “... volunteered in South Australian booths on most of election day.” That’s fantastic. “The feeling I got was that with Labor offering socialism, no one wanted to risk a vote for us and wanted to ensure the Coalition were returned.” See, this is the point, Raymond: We were running in the Senate. It wouldn’t have made any difference. They could have voted for whomever they wanted and then supported us in the Senate, and that’s very, very frustrating. Anyway, it goes on and on.

Look, I really appreciate the effort you’re doing, Raymond. To all the people who volunteered and contributed: It is a labour of love, politics, and it doesn’t exist without volunteers. So, ‘thank you’ to everyone.

Rohan was another one of our volunteers. He was “... out on Saturday distributing how-to-vote cards in the Senate. I detected the main problem is that people just do not know about us as there is a lack of mainstream media coverage.”

Well, you’re right, there. It’s true. A lot of people don’t know about us and of course they contact me all the time, saying I’ve got to be on TV more or do more, whatever. It doesn’t matter - people don’t really pay attention. Yes, they know Pauline Hanson, as you point out; that’s because she’s been around for 20 years and she makes all sorts of statements that get headlines that I don’t agree with. I’m not prepared to compromise myself, I’m not going to contradict myself, I try not to by saying one thing one day and then saying something the next day. I try not to say stupid things; I fail at that, too, sometimes. But, anyway. We keep working at it, we keep reminding people there is a better way.

Herma says, “Disappointing the AC did not get any new members. There were too many small parties competing for votes. For the AC for being clear for what it stands for, I’m proud to be a member.” Thank you.

Rob says, “To clarify, I voted in support of Jonno Crabtree on Saturday.” That’s in Western Australia – great candidate. “No luck, but the overall result including what happened within the Liberal Party, is such an enormous relief. I’m a farmer and the lack of rain doesn’t matter at the moment, given the weekend result. My concern is, can you continue to make a difference for us? Can you continue to survive, electorally?” Well, that’s a question – that’s really a giant question, Rob.

You know, I can continue to make a difference in the Senate, I can continue to try and build the party and shape it up for the next election - it’s just that how we’re going to do that in the most effective was we can. I think it’s important.

Thelma says, “Like most people, I was terrified of the prospect of Labor winning – no reflection on you.” Thelma, I presuming you didn’t vote for us and you voted for the LNP because you didn’t understand we were running only in the Senate or you don’t understand the difference between the Senate and the House of Representatives. I don’t know - I don’t know what you understand or not, but you’ve made your choice. Thank you.

Jan says the same: “I think people were very frightened by Labor and gave their vote to the Liberals. All other parties – other than the main two – suffered.” Not really. The vegans went up. The dopers went up. One Nation went up. Clive Palmer went up. We went up. The Greens went up. Anyway, and voting for us wouldn’t have made any difference to the government but I’ve said that several times already.

Kathryn, an Australian Conservatives member, and she says, “The cards encouraged people to place a ‘1’ in the Australian Conservatives’ box and a picture with ‘1’ in Box O and then all other boxes left blank. I’m concerned that people didn’t see the extra-small writing and simply looked at the large picture of the only ‘1’ box. Is it possible that people who wanted to vote may have filled out invalid ballot papers because of these how-to-vote cards?”

Well, the short answer is: A vote just in the box ‘1’ is a valid vote notwithstanding anything anyone else says, it is a valid vote.

Peter says, “Are you going undertake and analysis of why we didn’t do better?” Well, Peter, that’s what we’re doing, now.

Graeme: “The federal election result was certainly a shot in the arm for the country.” Hear, hear. “But, I was disappointed, like all AC members, in our result. I stood a pre-poll for days, walked the streets with flyers until my feet hurt and tried to drain every drip of conservativism I could from voters.” That’s excellent. I like that. “But your latest podcast offers no indication as to where to from here - no guidance.” Well, that’s because we’re reviewing it. As I said in the last week’s podcast and in my email to members, we’re tyring to cut the costs for the party initially so that we are viable and sustainable going forward, and then we will review how our operations will continue into the future. So, anyway, that’s where we are.

He says, “I think our members really need urgently, some guidance as to where you see things from here.” Well, I don’t know what more I can give. We’re undertaking a review - it doesn’t happen immediately and we’ve got to get things back to an even keel before we can make any decisions. But thank you.

Conservative Confusion: Gee, there’s a theme in this, isn’t there? Joe: “To what extent do you think there may have been some confusion in the electorate between us and the Conservative National Party?” I really don’t know. I don’t think they should have been able to call themselves the ‘Conservative National Party’, but the AEC Commissioner did that.

Jennie says, “A big issue I had was people thinking we were Fraser Anning’s Conservatives Party. Someone even called me a fascist.” Yep, okay. That reinforces the previous one.

Mark, “Take heart. May I make two observations? It had two ‘Conservative’ parties with Fraser also calling himself ‘Conservative’. This confused others, as well. I tried to encourage others but I know they were confused.” Well, there we are; that reinforces it. You should contact the Electoral Commission.

Lyle – not the Lyle Shelton – but, Lyle says, “There’s been a lot of talk on Facebook pages about AEC counting fraud, especially in the Senate. Do you think that this should be investigated?” Um ... I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything about that and I’m not sure about ... I think the AEC has been relatively clean in recent years. I have no evidence to the contrary, so if you have evidence, perhaps supply it.

Robyn says, “I think now the vengeful Turnbull and some of his lefty mates are no longer in Coalition ranks, it’s time for you to negotiate your way back to the Coalition.” Thank you, Robyn. Not happening.

“For the first time I can recall,” this is from Phil, “I saw my dad in a t-shirt on the weekend: an Australian Conservatives one.” Yay! “I heard it suggested that it maybe it’s time for you re-join the Libs.” No, thank you.

John says the same thing: “Are you going back to the Libs?” No.

Duncan: “I’m a paid-up member of One Nation and helped you on your journey. I watched you on Paul Murray last night. Simple fact is, the advent of a Labor government of a Shorten type was frightening to those who would normally vote for you. We went back in droves, only in-part because of Morrison.” See, this is the point, Duncan: You’re a member of One Nation, you support the Australian Conservatives and you voted for the Liberal Party. Okay ... fair enough.

Jon says, “I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Liberal voter in South Australia. Put you second on the ballot paper. I believe you have a lot to offer but you’re on a road to nowhere.” All right. Thanks for that. “Please consider re-joining the Liberals,” he says. No, thank you.

Neil says the same. We’ll move on.

Don – Don’s got a different take. He says, “I’m a fanatical listener to your podcast from Melbourne.” Good on you, Don. Thank you, I appreciate it. “I write to ask you if there is a chance we can get rid of the bi-weekly or whatever-they-appear polls? If a party has won government for three years, who cares about their relative popularity? Who pays for them? What use are they? Keep up the great work. I look forward to listening to your next podcast.” You know what, Don? You make a really good point.

Who does care about the polls? Politicians do, that’s the first thing. The media do because this is what it does: it generates media interest and the media want change, they want excuses and things to talk about, they want to be able to justify the internal machinations of politics, but can you stop them from publishing them? The answer is: No. I mean, it’s a bit coercive. It would be unwise for them to continue given they’re such duds, and some of them may decide to do that. But they pay for them – they might use that as a cost saving. I can tell you whatever blank out they do won’t last long. Someone else will come up with some other polls because that’s the thing that creates the media cycle or continues to do it.

Roger says, “On a recent ABC Q&A broadcast,” you shouldn’t watch this, Roger! I’m telling you; you shouldn’t watch. Anyway, “... Tanya Plibersek and at least one other panellist did not the atmospheric carbon dioxide level. How can a political party have climate change as a major platform which covers carbon emissions, renewable energies and so-forth, without prominent party leaders knowing the level of CO2 which they blame for global warming?”

Well, Roger, you make a reasonable point, but politicians seldom know much about what they’re talking about. They just drink the Kool-Aid and get the talking points and go out and repeat them. And you know I know how much carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere and I know that it’s not driving climate change.

Sebastian, a South Australian student: “... Year 12 student writing a report about the ethics of live animal export industry. I’m just wondering if you could include your views on your weekly podcast?” Well, Sebastian. Briefly, it’s an important economic industry. No one wants to see animals distressed and dying on these journeys, and so there’s got to be a better way in which it can be dealt with, but do I support a blanket prohibition on it? The answer is: No. I think there’s a more effective way in which we can improve the lot of the animals as they go off to feed other nations.

John: “Indeed, Cory, it’s disappointing, the results of last Saturday. As you say, we don’t have Labor and a few of the hangers-on.” Yeah. “We’ve been having a troublesome time with our local council. We’ve consequently built a forum called ‘Council Watch’.” Good for you. Google ‘council watch’, people, if you’re interested.

Firearms: Jason says, “Thank you for your efforts. You’re my first pick,” yay, “And I feel confident it will stay that way for the next election. I apologise if you’ve answered this question before: Do you think Australian’s have the right to own firearms to use for self-defence?” Well, the short answer is: As a licenced gun owner, no. I don’t think there’s any need to change our laws, to be honest. I just don’t see it.

Janette says, “Can you bring attention to the Morrison Government the fact that Christian genocide is happening worldwide?” Well, he knows that - we’ve said it many times.

Bruce says, “While Scott did win and win well, he did oppose a Royal Commission into the banks and reject Glass-Steagall; a means to save deposits from bail-in. Given the Royal Commission hearings, this election should have been all about Glass-Steagall and the banks.” Okay, this is about a divestment process in America – a separation process called The Glass-Steagall Act. Yeah, okay. We’ve had a Royal Commission into the banks; it wasn’t very effective. It highlighted a whole bunch of malfeasance but hasn’t proposed too much. So, we’re going to move along, there.

Ian says, “Wow! We dodged a bullet in the federal election! Proud to help the AC.” Thank you. “I’ve written and attached a short article on a subject which you might want to speak about in an upcoming podcast. It’s called ‘Who are the Fabians?’” Well, the Fabians ... we should cover that, actually, in depth. I haven’t got time now, but that’s a very good idea. Next week, we’re going to talk about the Fabian Society – the mythical Fabian Society – even though it’s not a myth, it’s true and it’s couched as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

So, stay tuned for next week’s podcast and keep your emails coming, we’ll try and get through them next week: cory@corybernardi.com.

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CORY BERNARDI: Well, folks, that’s all we’ve got time for on this episode of your Weekly Dose of Common Sense. I love bringing it to you, even from under a towel on a cold winter’s day – it’s not winter – an autumn’s day in regional South Australia but it’s part of how I like to communicate and I love hearing from you so keep your feedback coming in: cory@corybernardi.com .

We’ll try and diversify away from election stuff next week but whatever is on your chest you can unload by sending me an email. I look forward to discussing it next week.

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