Here in Australia with some of the world's largest coal reserves we are shutting down coal-fired power stations and paying some of the world's highest power prices.
How did it come to this?
The fourth pillar of conservativism is freedom.
When you can be dragged before a government commission and fined for simply insulting or offending someone, that is not freedom.
When parents are told they are bigots for questioning "safe schools" gender fluid ideology in their children's classroom, that is not freedom – that is oppression.
When you are called a hater by the Green Rainbow Left for simply for believing that marriage is between one man and one woman, that is not rational debate. That is bullying designed to intimidate people into silence.
When an Archbishop is dragged before a government commission for teaching Catholics Catholic teaching on marriage, that is not freedom, that is totalitarianism.
And when a Liberal National government fails to prevent this ever happening again, it is clear even they are a government paralysed by political correctness. The water is in the boat and it is time for a better way.
If we continue to allow elite thought control to dominate what can and can't be said in debates about public policy, then we are committing intellectual suicide as a nation.
Australia is better than that.
A constructive alternative
Unlike other new parties, Australian Conservatives is neither popularist nor a party of protest.
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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