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