Senator Cory Bernardi came to Queensland last week to hold a series of meetings and interviews. I attended the Brisbane meeting on the 18th which was attended by 450+ people. Bernardi’s speech outlined the themes common to his vision and discussed in his book, ‘The Conservative Revolution’. The fundamental beliefs would be naturally understood by most Australians as common sense and are the underlying principles of liberal western democracy; people’s personal faith, the importance of family, a government that lives within its means and free enterprise.
The speech was well received with notable applause when he spoke about the abundance of green, red and blue tape holding business back and unnecessary duplication through government levels.
The crowd was a diverse mix of ages with the many young people in attendance challenging the consistently pushed media line that Labor and The Greens own the minds of the young. Continue reading
If it feels like you’re doing the Time Warp again, it’s because you are.
Our nominally conservative parties have been stuck in the castle with Frank N. Furter and seduced until they know the steps to the song without fail. While in power and bringing down the budget ‘it’s just a jump to the left’ and as we’ve seen in the LNP Queensland Convention while you’re in opposition, ‘and then a step to the right’, as they touch on the hot button issues that they think will bring back the fast leaking conservative vote. Continue reading
The ancient Greeks often used the art form of storytelling, using fables or parables to get a point across. One of the most worthy of telling is the punishment meted out to King Sisyphus by Zeus for his hubris in thinking that he was cleverer than the gods. He is the famous character that was condemned to the Underworld for eternity and punished forevermore by rolling a boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll down to the bottom every time his task was nearly complete. The futility of the work was the true nature of the punishment and not the physical demands. Most people can handle hard physical labour and derive satisfaction from the results but futility is an unbearable torture.
And it is that key word, ‘futility’; no end, no relief, no success, no meaning.
Senator Cory Bernardi has set about the task of uniting the conservatives of Australia into a single political force, an incredible important task. But has he taken upon himself the task of Sisyphus? Continue reading