Like what you've read?

On Line Opinion is the only Australian site where you get all sides of the story. We don't
charge, but we need your support. Here�s how you can help.

  • Advertise

    We have a monthly audience of 70,000 and advertising packages from $200 a month.

  • Volunteer

    We always need commissioning editors and sub-editors.

  • Contribute

    Got something to say? Submit an essay.

 The National Forum   Donate   Your Account   On Line Opinion   Forum   Blogs   Polling   About   
On Line Opinion logo ON LINE OPINION - Australia's e-journal of social and political debate


On Line Opinion is a not-for-profit publication and relies on the generosity of its sponsors, editors and contributors. If you would like to help, contact us.


RSS 2.0

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


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


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.

  1. Pages:
  2. Page 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. 6
  8. 7
  9. All

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

Discuss in our Forums

See what other readers are saying about this article!

Click here to read & post comments.

15 posts so far.

Share this:
reddit this reddit thisbookmark with Del.icio.usdigg thisseed newsvineSeed NewsvineStumbleUpon StumbleUponsubmit to propellerkwoff it

About the Author

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

Other articles by this Author

All articles by Lyle Shelton

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Photo of Lyle Shelton
Article Tools
Comment 15 comments
Print Printable version
Subscribe Subscribe
Email Email a friend

About Us Search Discuss Feedback Legals Privacy