Every Parliament Needs One

Thus begins a journey of a thousand miles—with a single step.

You may recall back here I introduced you to David Leyonhjelm, newly-elected Australian Federal Senator from New South Wales, representing the Liberal Democratic Party, Australia’s primary Libertarian political party. Having taken his seat on 1 July, yesterday he gave his maiden speech to the Senate. Dare we hope it presages a revolution, in Australia at least?

Here, without further commentary from me, is the text of that speech, reproduced in full. You can access the original transcript in the Australian Hansard. Readers of LibertyGibbert overseas, read it and envy us… Continue reading

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The Threshold Is Reached

GoostmanJust a brief post today to mark a milestone in the history of mankind.

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UKIP Storm To Victory

As Nigel Farage remarked at a press conference on Sunday evening, the only surprise is that it didn’t happen earlier.

Warm congratulations to all UKIP members, supporters and voters. Your efforts have resulted in a watershed in British and European history. Fed up with the business-as-usual refrain from the three main parties, which resemble one another more closely with every passing year, Britons have voted to take their homeland back, make their own laws once more and trade with the world as they see fit, not how they are told to by a foreign overlord.

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Greasing Wheels, Greasing Palms

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell resigns, 16 April 2014

So now, it’s the conservatives’ turn.

This site over the last few years has been unapologetically scathing about systemic, entrenched corruption within the Australian Labor Party. Financial irregularities surrounding the Australian Workers’ Union, particularly in Victoria and Western Australia, have embroiled federal ministers, including a former Prime Minister. Misuse of union funds by two former bosses of the Health Services Union have now resulted in jail terms. And now, the upcoming Royal Commission into “registered organisations” (that is, trade unions), headed by Chief Commissioner, former High Court Justice Dyson Heydon, threatens to uncover a veritable mountain range of sleaze, stretching back over decades.

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A Slap On The Wrist

Thomson sentencedTwelve months. With nine of them suspended. What a bloody joke.

At long, long last, corrupt former union official and Labor MHR Craig Thomson, the man onto whose vote the Gillard government clung by its fingernails, was today sentenced in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. He will spend a dozen weeks in a country-club minimum-security facility, then be set free. Instead of the ten years in Her Majesty’s Iron Motel, which his crimes self-evidently warranted. And which he would undoubtedly have got, had he been a nobody with no influence.

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A Plea For Tasmania

Tasmania goes to the polls tomorrow to elect a state government. And never has a state election here been of greater importance.

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Not Right

I feel like a bit of a semantic quibble today. It concerns the term “right-wing”.

As most of you are probably already aware, the terms “left-wing” and “right-wing” have their origins in the États Généraux, the old French Legislative Assembly, back in the days of the Revolution of the late 18th century. The revolutionaries, or republicans, generally of the Third Estate, sat on the left of the Chair, while the monarchists, clerics and other traditionalists were on the right. As I understand it, to prevent debate being interrupted, the more extreme one’s views, generally the further from the chair one was seated; hence centre-right, far-right, and so on.

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