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.