Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has commended former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson after he delivered a rousing and ominous speech to a gathering of religious educators in Parliament House last week.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports, Mr Anderson dared speak the name of a spectre which is often invoked but rarely acknowledged: the culture war. He said 'We are absolutely in a new culture war' and 'Religious freedom' is next on the liberal agenda.
"We’re living in the age of enormous cultural disharmony," he told his audience of principals, lobbyists and MPs. There is a "battle in our culture" between a classic version of freedom and the "latter day, politically correct" incarnation, he said, and "they can't both win".
Hubris had replaced modesty in Australia, Anderson lamented. "The dominant cultural ethos seems to have changed enormously ... there’s an enormous smugness now in the public debate and an enormous price to pay if you dare to disagree."
Senator Bernardi told Ben Fordham on Sky News he agrees with John Anderson that only one side can win this culture war.
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