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Why I joined Australian Conservatives

By Lyle Shelton - posted Thursday, 8 February 2018


In just 12 months, Senator Cory Bernardi has founded a political movement that pundits in Canberra thought was impossible.

It's a movement that has engaged grassroots conservatives in a way no other party has for decades.

My Story

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I'm delighted to return to my home-state of Queensland to help build a political movement that I believe is indispensable to the future of this State and our nation.

It was here in Toowoomba, as a local councillor that I learned the power of grassroots campaigning.

And it was here in Toowoomba that I became restless to see a more just and compassionate society.

And now after more than a decade living in Canberra fighting for Christian truth and freedom, I can tell you that Canberra is broken.

But we conservatives believe in things that are worth fighting for.

The turning point

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Sadly, the major parties have abandoned so many of the virtues that made Australia great.

The major parties work very well for the power brokers in the winner's circle – but they aren't working for everyday Australians.

Few things opened my eyes to this more than the marriage campaign.

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This is an edited copy of the speech Lyle Shelton gave in Toowoomba when it was announced he was joining Australian Conservatives.



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Lyle Shelton is Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby based in Canberra.

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