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.