Senator Cory Bernardi told The Australian newspaper today that it is unacceptable for schools and universities to enforce Islamic bans on boys and young men having to shake hands with girls and young women.
The senator said such handshake bans continued "the long march of creeping sharia through our institutions, such as academia, universities and even schools, warping our children’s minds to accept Dark Ages attitudes towards women."
"Self-styled women’s advocates remain silent on such misogyny because it is in Islam, not their preferred alternate religious targets"
Senator Bernardi has been a regular critic of the implementation of sharia law in Australia, saying there is only one legal system in Australia.
Read the full article from the Australian (subscribers only) by clicking here.
The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) improved productivity on Australian construction sites between 2005 and 2012. It drove down the costs to both taxpayers and business alike to build the infrastructure needed to provide jobs and services to the Australian people.
The Coalition have been right to try and restore the ABCC. Regrettably, even after taking that policy to the 2013 election, they needed a double-dissolution election in 2016 to get a Senate that would back the ABCC.
Even after the Coalition won the election, some of the Senate crossbench abandoned principle for politics.
There is a better way.
With a strong Australian Conservatives presence on the Senate crossbench, our nation will not be forced to accept an unaccountable and virtually lawless construction sector.
We, Australian Conservatives, will without hesitation support restoring the construction watchdog, the ABCC.
The Coalition wants to wind back the Gold Pass - but they haven't gone far enough.
There is a better way.
Australia's debt stands at $500 billion - that's $20,000 debt per man, woman and child.
Why would we reward the architects of this disaster?
The Coalition will introduce a Bill in the Senate to restrict Gold Pass access to any former Prime Minister.
Why would we reward those who, over the last 10 years, trashed the office of Prime Minister, turning it into a political Hunger Games?
Australian Conservatives :
- believes that only Prime Ministers who have served a minimum term of 4 years should qualify for the Gold Pass. In short, that means former Prime Ministers Howard, Hawke and Keating will retain Gold Pass access, but Australian Conservatives will cut off the Gold Pass for former Prime Ministers Rudd, Gillard or Abbott. Indeed, current and future Prime Ministers would only earn the Gold Pass if they serve for 4 years.
- will cull former PM office entitlements - Similarly, only former Prime Ministers who served the minimum 4 year term should get an office, staff and other entitlements currently given to all former Prime Ministers.
- will slash early access to politicians' pensions - Why should a former member of Parliament be able to start accessing their superannuation decades before every other Australian? Super should only be available at retirement age like the rest of us.
There are two significant developments that you need to know about today.
Firstly, with a heavy heart, I announced to the Senate this afternoon my resignation from the Liberal Party.
After more than 30 years of party membership, championing the values and principles which first attracted me to political involvement, I am now convinced there is a better way.
My commitment to creating stronger families, fostering free enterprise, limiting the size and scope of government and a strengthening civil society burns brighter than ever – but the change Australia desperately needs demands a different approach.
Over the past decade I have worked within the parliamentary Liberal Party to maintain the values and principles that built Australia. Regrettably, I don’t know anyone who can say our nation is better off now than it was ten years ago.
In fact, most Australians have lost faith in government and the political class…and who can blame them?
For many years I kept warning my colleagues that if we did not respond to the legitimate concerns of everyday Australians then the people would choose a different path. I am truly sorry that those warnings have been ignored by those who needed to hear them most.
Australians are desperate. The political duopoly no longer serves Australia well. Australians are voting for anything that sounds better.
Many are casting their lot with minor parties that are good at capturing headlines but offer very little in the way of principles, values or vision. We need to offer Australians a better way.
Our nation is mired in debt. It is strangled by bureaucracy and our essential freedoms are stifled by political correctness. And it is getting worse.
We simply cannot afford to abandon the Senate crossbench to big government protectionists. Australia needs and deserves a principled, stable and credible alternative for those seeking to restore hope to the people and faith in politics.
That’s why, last year, I founded Australian Conservatives – a movement committed to upholding the shared values of mainstream Australia.
The second significant development today is that I must now take the next step – a step I always hoped would be unnecessary, but it must be done.
Australian conservatives need a dedicated Senate voice to lead the restoration of our nation.
Australian Conservatives will stand up for the principles that have made Australia such a great place and which have been abandoned by the political class beholden to half-baked solutions, costly fads and the sound of their own voices.
Australian Conservatives is a movement for all Australians who share our values and believe there is a better way.
Now I know that many readers will celebrate this decision and others will be disappointed by it. That is perfectly understandable but I want to assure you all that I have not taken this step lightly.
The easy option would be to just go with the status quo…but I didn’t get into public life to take the easy path. I didn’t get into public life to be somebody but to do something.
Now is the time we all need to do something.
If you share my vision that there is a better way, you can join the Australian Conservative movement via our new website at www.conservatives.org.au
Senator for South Australia Cory Bernardi launched Australian Conservatives today in the Senate.
Australian Conservatives is a movement to unite conservatives, oppose personality politics and restore principled policy-making in the Senate.
In a speech to the Senate at 12:30pm, Senator Bernardi said there was a better way for Australia.
The Senator resigned from the Liberal Party this morning and will now sit on the Senate crossbench.
Senator Bernardi said the door was open to the millions of Australians who support limited government, personal responsibility, free enterprise, civil society and conservative principles to join the Australian Conservatives movement. You can do that today following the Get Involved and Donate links on this page.
MALCOLM Turnbull’s nightmare start to his make-or-break year is about to get a whole lot worse. The Prime Minister now faces a split in the Liberal Party as early as this week. The high-profile Senator Cory Bernardi is almost certain to quit the Liberals and start his own conservative party.
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Liberal senator Cory Bernardi to rock first day of Parliament by resigning from the Turnbull government
Cory Bernardi is set to upend centre-right politics in Australia and announce on Tuesday that he is resigning from the Liberal Party to head his own conservative movement in a stunning move that will rock the Turnbull government as Parliament returns for the new political year.
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2016 has been the year of the underdog in many ways.
On the sporting field, we witnessed the first AFL premiership for the Western Bulldogs since 1954, and first ever premierships to Cronulla Sharks in the NRL and Leicester City in the English Premier League.
Politically, we witnessed the rejuvenation of right-of-centre politics, with the historic Brexit vote in the UK and the Trump election victory in the US. France and Holland seem set to follow in 2017, with conservative candidates leading in the polls.
Here in Australia, however, conservatives could be forgiven for feeling a little short-changed by the political establishment.
From radical gender ideology in schools to talk of an emissions trading scheme, and from the blocked same-sex marriage plebiscite to the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change, 2016 has certainly been a frustrating year.
To add insult to injury, Cabinet ignored widespread calls for 18C reform – despite its overwhelming support from the Coalition backbench, almost all cross-bench Senators, and the general public.
Complaint lodged against war monument
The latest 18C complaint is yet another example of why the Racial Discrimination Act needs reform.
Advocacy group Australia-Japan Community Network has lodged a complaint against a WW2 monument, claiming it “offends” and “insults” Japanese people.
The monument reflects on the plight of the 200,000 women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army.
We need to stand united against this latest threat to our history, values and freedom of speech.
Senator Cory Bernardi’s 18C petition has over 25,000 signatures to date, but more are needed! If you haven’t yet signed it, please do so here.
Set for a massive 2017
Time has flown by since July, when we first put out the call to join our Australian Conservatives movement.
Over 60,000 Australians have now signed up to our mailing list, despite the fact we have been operating with modest staff numbers and a bare bones website up to this point.
This is all set to change in 2017.
Our new state-of-the-art website is almost ready to go, and we will be launching it early next year, along with a number of important campaigns. Please watch this space for further updates.
In the meantime, our office will close on Thursday, December 22 for the Christmas and New Year period, and will re-open in late January. Please be aware that we will not respond to emails during this time.
On behalf of the team at Australian Conservatives, we wish you and your family a joyful, safe and blessed Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.
Only a week after denying the Australian people their democratic vote on same-sex marriage by blocking the Government’s plebiscite bill, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has launched a nefarious attack on our freedom of speech.
Seemingly unable to allow genuine debate over reforming Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, Labor is resorting to name-calling and accusations – as they did during the plebiscite debate.
Their latest petition calls for 20,000 signatures to reject “Hate speech, racism and bigotry, and changing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.”
This is, quite simply, intolerance masquerading as tolerance. The ALP is unashamedly turning freedom of speech into a political football. And while there can be no winners of this game, respect and common sense are set to be the real losers.
On Tuesday, Labor’s newest senator, Kimberley Kitching, effectively broke ranks with her party, implying that the 2011 racial discrimination case against conservative columnist Andrew Bolt was a Labor stitch-up.
She told The Bolt Report that the judge in the case, Justice Mordecai Bromberg, was an ALP factional player who actively sought preselection for the former federal seat of Burke in 2001.
“Obviously he would have had some views about you, and perhaps he was not the best person to hear your case,” she told Bolt.
Enough is enough of the Left’s duplicitous tactics and intolerance.
We have seen some promising developments toward reforming Section 18C in recent weeks.
The ridiculous case against three QUT students who spoke out some three years ago after being asked to leave an unsigned Indigenous computer lab was finally thrown out of court.
And the equally ridiculous case against cartoonist Bill Leak looks set to be dropped, after both solicited parties indicated they no longer want to pursue legal action.
Indications also point towards the Prime Minister softening his stance, with the announcement of an inquiry in the Racial Discrimination Act to determine whether it places “unreasonable limits on free speech”.
Labor’s petition, then, is a desperate attempt to stall momentum and place a roadblock on any legislative reform.
We cannot allow this to happen.
We must redouble our efforts to ensure free speech is protected and Labor’s divisive and intolerant tactics are exposed.
In collaboration with the Institute for Public Affairs and Senator Cory Bernardi, we’re joining forces to send a strong message for freedom of speech.
Senator Cory Bernardi has already collected 22,000 signatures on his petition, demanding the terms “offend” and “insult” be removed from Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. But we feel we can do much better that that.
If you haven’t yet signed, please add your name here.
If you have, forward this email to friends and family, or share the page on Facebook, Twitter or other social-media channels. Let’s get as many people on board as we can!
The fight for freedom of speech is still very much alive. Together, we can stand up to the Left and make a real difference.
The past month has repeatedly demonstrated why there is a need for Australian Conservatives to have a united voice. The assaults on our freedoms, the intransigence of our politics and the globally coordinated action of the political left serve as a warning to us all.
We are grateful for the suggestions from many of you, proposing ideas for the AC movement and seeking further information about how the AC plans are developing.
Some of you have also been in touch about a group with a similar domain name (ours is www.conservatives.org.au) seeking membership of a political party. It is important to know that this group is in no way affiliated or associated with the AC movement.
While we have tried to respond to as many of your emails as possible, our small team is working tirelessly behind the scenes to lay the foundations for 2017. This is set to be a very important year for our movement.
With everything that’s going on in need of a strong conservative voice, the extended startup phase of AC must be a little frustrating. We perfectly understand that, but it is important to get the foundations right if we are to create a movement that will grow into a considerable force.
Our website architects have finished the initial design, and are now working on making it operational on our IT platform. We are still on schedule to have it completed by the end of the year.
We also don’t want to over-extend our limited resources. Even at our current level of operation, the establishment costs and personnel costs are significant.
Australian Conservatives’ humble beginnings were as an initiative of the CLF, in response to the lack of representation of conservative issues in the public sphere. We are grateful for what the CLF (and many of you who have assisted them) have provided in getting us to this stage, but from next year AC will be going it alone. We will still be based at CLF House, in Adelaide, where we enjoy rent-free space and amenities, but our challenge will be to fund ongoing staff and activism programs.
If even a fraction of our tens of thousands of supporters regularly give as little as $9 per month, the AC movement will thrive and prosper for years to come.
If you’d like to be part of that pledge, you can do so here.
Growing support for 18C reform
Finally, it seems that the AC initiative to support reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is starting to catch on. The misuse of this section is becoming apparent to the media, politicians and the public alike. Even the Human Rights Commissioner thinks it could do with some reform.
Our petition to the Senate and the Bill that Senator Bernardi introduced on the first day of parliament seem to have got the ball rolling.
There are now two things that stand in the way of reform: the Government and the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT). It might be an opportune time to let them know how you feel about this vital protection of free speech and urge them to support the proposed changes. The NXT’s contact details are:
You can also contact Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, urging him to support the proposed changes to 18C. Click here to send him this important message. Additionally, get in touch with your local MP. You can find their contact details here.
A recent news poll shows a majority of Australians support 18C reform. If you’d like some more information about the detail of the reform we are proposing, you can find out here. The reforms have already gathered significant support in the Senate, particularly after the plight of the QUT students hit the media. You can find out more about their case here.
Thanks again for your support. We have a long way to go to counter the forces against us, but for the sake of the country we can never give up.