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Why I joined Australian Conservatives

By Lyle Shelton - posted Thursday, 8 February 2018

Mum, dad and the kids should be encouraged to thrive. Encouraging this in no way diminishes single parents. All of us deep down aspire to give every kid the chance grow up with the love of his or her mum and dad, wherever possible. Public policy should unashamedly promote this aspiration.

Menzies knew that Marxist ideology, the same ideology which animates today's Green Rainbow social policy, was hell-bent on destroying the natural family.

He recognised this in 1946 when he said: "If you secure a copy of the Communist Manifesto and look at chapter 2 you will see how it embraces the abolition of the family; the abolition of what is called bourgeois marriage; the abolition of country and nationality."


Menzies was a man ahead of his time. We are seeing this ideology play out in our schools today.

When Liberals like party president Nick Greiner and Senator Dean Smith drape Sir Robert Menzies in the rainbow flag and co-opt him into their Green Rainbow social policy, they are trashing the foundations of Menzies' political movement.

This is one of the key reasons why we need the Australian Conservatives.

We must also speak for the voiceless. That is why I will always stand up for human rights for the unborn.

The third pillar is free enterprise. I want to be part of a political movement that is clear about free enterprise and the need for small government.

We are a party determined to deal with the inter-generational theft that is our unsustainable public debt.


Senator Bernardi's Private Senator's Bill to re-instate a debt ceiling and cap it at $600 billion will be a test of whether or not the major parties are serious about paying off the nation's credit card.

Government must also free our energy sector from the shackles of gesture politics. One of the best things government can do for free enterprise and economic prosperity is ensure our energy resources are not constrained by ideology.

Asia is building High Efficiency, Low Emissions coal-fired power stations.

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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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