For Lyle Shelton, it was a homecoming. He had, finally, escaped the capital – a place of empty suits and shallow promises. The Saturday Paper reports he told the crowd in Toowoomba, Queensland, that “after more than a decade living in Canberra, fighting for truth and freedom, I can tell you that Canberra is broken”.
For the latter half of that decade, Shelton had been managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, and, for much of 2017, the near-ubiquitous face of the “No” campaign.
Now, in his hometown, he was announcing his alignment with Senator Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party – as its new head of communications. The Saturday Paper claimed Mr Shelton would be the party’s Senate candidate at the next election.
It was the best way to recapture a lost Australia, he said. The country of his childhood had been ceded to the “Green rainbow left”.
“This is not the Australia I grew up in but I believe that there are things in life worth fighting for."
“We need people that are going to get at the coalface of politics. They’re going to get themselves into parliament to make a difference, to fight without fear or favour for the things that matter,” he said.
Senator Bernardi said of his recruit. “Here is a man who lives his principles every single day, not only in the
public sphere but in his private life as well.”