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South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi

If You Like Sarah Palin, You’ll Absolutely Love Cory Bernardi

He’s not just a homophobic, Islamophobic, climate-change denying South Australian senator, he’s an ideological entrepreneur, importing the Tea Party’s ‘astroturf’ techniques and now training others in the faux-grassroots campaigns first cultivated by the American far right.


Gee, it's been a big week for the Tea Party. And not just in America, where the wingnuts who infiltrated the party of Lincoln now look set to lose what should be an unlosable election.

It's been a big week, too, for Cory Bernardi, the Antipodean standard-bearer for the values and tactics of the American far right.

He was forced to resign his post as parliamentary secretary to the Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, following his comments linking gay marriage to bestiality.

Bernardi was a victim not only of his own words, but of the circumstances of the time: an Opposition appearing increasingly ill-disciplined and a leader whose belligerence, negativity and social conservatism are costing him support in the electorate.

Bernardi's comments only underlined both problems. There was no question he had to go.

The more interesting question is why Abbott gave him the job in the first place.

And the answer to that is that Bernardi, 42, got the job because of his take-no-prisoners attitude. Indeed, it is in part because of Bernardi's uncompromising approach to politics that Abbott became leader of the Opposition.

The history goes like this:

Bernardi, the protégé of the South Australian hard-right power broker Nick Minchin, entered the Senate in May 2006 by way of a casual vacancy, when the moderate Senator Robert Hill left to take up a diplomatic appointment. He was returned at the 2007 election.

Under Malcolm Turnbull's leadership in 2008-9, Bernardi held a junior position as shadow parliamentary secretary for disabilities, carers and the voluntary sector. He was also a fierce factional warrior, intent on undermining a fellow South Australian "moderate" Liberal Christopher Pyne (yes, in today's Liberal Party, Pyne counts as moderate), by way of a particularly nasty dirt file.

Malcolm Turnbull told him he must stop and apologise to Pyne, or bear the consequences. Bernardi did not comply and as a result was sacked.

And so Bernardi, the homophobic, Islamophobic, climate-change-denying, free-market Christian fundamentalist, was free to busy himself marshalling support to replace Turnbull with a leader whose values he thought more acceptable: Tony Abbott.

When Turnbull was beaten, by one vote, in the party room, Bernardi's reward was the job as assistant to the leader.

This history highlights two things. One, why Malcolm Turnbull so floridly led the charge to have Bernardi dumped over his most recent comments. That's not to say Turnbull's reaction was in any way insincere, for he is genuinely progressive on gay issues. But it's fair to assume he found eloquence and satisfaction in the opportunity to damage the men who damaged him.

Two, it shows Bernardi — twice sacked but unbowed — is immune to party discipline. He won't pull his head in for anybody.

And so Bernardi … was free to busy himself marshalling support to replace Turnbull with a leader whose values he thought more acceptable: Tony Abbott.

And Tony Abbott has hardly suggested he do so. In comparison with the thundering denunciations by Turnbull and others, Abbott's response was rather meek. He conceded "many people" would find the comments repugnant, but his emphasis was not on the sentiments expressed so much as on the indiscipline Bernardi had shown by expressing them.

If such "freelancing" was to be done, it could be done from the backbench, Abbott said.

And you can bet it will be. For Cory Bernardi is now once more free of the constraints of front-bench solidarity. He lost a job title, that's all. He won't even lose any pay. A day after 'resigning' from the front bench on September 19, he blithely went off to the UK to meet with his ideological fellows over there.

Tony Abbott, on the other hand, was left here with a big mess. He has stirred up the wingnuts of the right. And those wingnuts are loud these days, in large part because Cory Bernardi, more than any other politician in the country, has helped them build a vast echo chamber of American design.

That echo chamber began reverberating immediately.

Within a day of his move to the backbench a new website, SupportCory.com, went up — the identities of those who registered it, of course, hidden behind a domain proxy in the United States. It features a picture of Bernardi standing resolutely in front of the Parliament House flagpole, and declares he had been "sacked for speaking the truth".

"Sign The Petition To Stand With Cory And His Fight For Traditional Values," it orders. (Meanwhile, some tech-savvy lout has claimed the domain SupportCorey.com, and redirected confused Bernardi boosters to the Australian Marriage Equality campaign page.)

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Former Alaskan Governor and Tea-Party Poster Girl, Sarah Palin

Menzies House, which sounds like a venerable Liberal Party institution but which is actually a website that was set up only a few years ago by Bernardi (and whose editor, Tim Andrews, has a background with the US Tea Party-affiliated Americans for Tax Reform and Charles Koch Institute), flew to his defence.

It ran an incendiary piece (right next to its links to Support Andrew Bolt, Close the Tent Embassy and Stop Gillard's Carbon Tax websites), complaining Bernardi had been "hung out to dry by his own party".

"Why? Because he had the guts to tell the truth, and his PC political mates were too chicken and too spineless to back him up," it thundered.

This surely sets some kind of precedent. Has Tony Abbott ever been condemned before for being politically correct?

Jim Wallace, of the Australian Christian Lobby, the man who courted controversy recently by suggesting homosexuality was a greater health hazard than smoking, went on TV to say Bernardi's words had been misrepresented.

Well, all this might have been expected, for Bernardi is perhaps the Australian politician best connected to manifold manifestations of the far right of politics, not only in this country but internationally. And he is not just a networker — he's an ideological entrepreneur, setting up franchise organisations as he goes.

Bernardi's most important connections are with the Tea Party movement in the US.

“Sign The Petition To Stand With Cory And His Fight For Traditional Values.”

He has assiduously fostered links with the same right-wing think tanks, funders, vested interests and propagandists who underpin that movement in America. He has absorbed their techniques and is in turn training others in their ways.

Let's go to a few examples, easily found by looking at Bernardi's entries in the register of senators' interests, filed with the Parliament.

Like this item, declared in the section which requires the disclosure of any sponsored travel and hospitality worth $300 or more:

"Accommodation provided by the Heartland Institute 30/9/10 and 1/10/10." This Chicago-based conservative/libertarian outfit promotes itself as "the world's most prominent think tank" promoting climate-change scepticism.

The institute spends millions every year funding fringe scientists and others, including some in this country, to produce work denying human involvement in global warming. Bernardi has twice been a speaker at its conferences.

In association with an equivalent think tank in Australia, the Institute of Public Affairs, the Heartland Institute has involved itself in the setting up and funding front "environment" groups devoted to denying climate change and opposing alternative energy. Bernardi has spoken for them too.

A little further into Bernardi's declarations for the register, in the section relating to organisations to which he makes donations or in which he is an office holder, he records the Catholic Church, the Liberal Party and then a few more obscure organisations, including the Conservative Leadership Foundation (CLF).

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South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi

The Senator is both chairman and founder of the CLF, which claims to be a "non-partisan education and training organisation".

One way it educates and trains is by sponsoring young conservatives to go to the US to be instructed in techniques for running effective political campaigns.

The lucky winner of the CLF's 2011 conservative essay competition, who got a week of training with the Tea Party-affiliated US Leadership Institute in Washington, was one James Paterson, the communications director of the Institute of Public Affairs.

The CLF website boasts its own domestic "leadership and development courses" as well, offering "seminars and workshops that address specific topics including campaign development, online activism and media training."

Not to mention a book club which will send texts written by "the best thinkers in Australia and around the world."

We'll come back to the CLF shortly, but let's now go back to the Senators' interests register, which also records Bernardi as a board member of Tears of the Oppressed, an organisation devoted to protecting Christian minorities from oppression in majority non-Christian (read Muslim) countries.

See, Cory Bernardi has a big problem with Islam.

Back in February last year he earned rebuke from Abbott for his denunciation of Islam as a “totalitarian political and religious ideology”.

Back in February last year he earned rebuke from Abbott for his denunciation of Islam as a "totalitarian political and religious ideology".

Bernardi's Christian fundamentalist view of the world makes no distinction between the minority of violent, radical Islamists and the Islamic majority; as he said in one radio interview at the time, "Islam itself is the problem".

Thus the Senator offered help in arranging a visit to Australia by the extremist anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders; the man who has compared the Koran to Adolf Hitler's biography Mein Kampf, and who is on the Movement Alert List, is now awaiting a visa to give two speeches in Australia in October.

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Controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders

Thus he condemned the government for flying survivors of the Christmas Island refugee boat disaster to Sydney to attend the funerals of those who died.

Bernardi's Islamophobia extends beyond the ugly to the ridiculous: he rails on his personal website that "many Australians now unknowingly consume Halal slaughtered livestock."

It's just not kosher, according to Cory.

But we shouldn't scoff; this is serious. Bernardi is changing the Australian political landscape with his imported American-right methods.

Bernardi is changing the Australian political landscape with his imported American-right methods.

As Sally Neighbour wrote in her piece on him in January this year — the best yet done on the man:

"Inspired by the tactics of the Tea Party, Bernardi established the Conservative Leadership Foundation in 2009, which in turn set up the Conservative Action Network (CANdo) that Bernardi likens to 'a Facebook for conservatives'. CANdo rallied dozens of like-minded groups and thousands of individuals to join an orchestrated 'grassroots' campaign — also known as 'astroturfing' — against the ETS [emissions-trading scheme]. Their efforts persuaded Liberal MPs to revolt against Turnbull, killing the ETS and propelling Abbott into leadership."

You will no doubt be surprised to learn CANdo lists as its "National Council of Patrons" Hugh Morgan and Alan Jones. CANdo promotes fear and suspicion: of government, of unions, of the nanny state, of gays, of refugees, of alleged plans to steal our property, our freedom of speech.

Its multiple websites do this through a mix of misrepresentation and wild hyperbole. To cite an example of the former, wind farms represent a government attempt to effectively steal our property rights. To cite an example of the latter, Gina Rinehart is a "great Australian patriot" intent on rescuing Fairfax media from the "vegan, bicycle-riding, inner city elites" which have taken it over.

We could go on detailing the long list of associations between Bernardi and the ever-expanding web of organisations with which he is in one way or another associated. Truly, you can spend hours following the links around the country and the world.

But the point is surely made: Cory Bernardi is the archetype of a modern US-style conservative. From astroturf to God, in attitude and technique, he is the whole Tea Party package.

He's Sarah Palin, without the lipstick.

And he's now gone rogue.

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46 comments on this story
by Jason Boudville

Mike Seccombe you summed him up in a five word tragedy, "He's Sarah Palin, without the lipstick".

September 21, 2012 @ 5:14pm
by Grant

I don't know why these nut-jobs attach themselves to the free market. The market is the primary driver of the social change they despise. And the freer the market is, the more rapidly this change will move.

People like Bernardi are masochists. Or idiots. Or both.

September 21, 2012 @ 6:20pm
by al

Nice piece, thanks Mike. Let's hope Tina Fey does a good Cory Bernardi.

September 21, 2012 @ 6:22pm
by Julie Wallace

Where have I been? I feel like I really haven't been paying attention! I find it amazing that this man has so much power. I don't personally know anyone like Cory Bernardi, he doesn't resemble, in the slightest, any of my friends or any of the most conservative members of my family. And yet there he is, representing us. What is the quote, "All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing". And obviously I've been doing nothing, a lot of us have been doing nothing, if this sicko can put on a suit and be considered respectable. I feel ashamed, and angry and scared if Tony Abbott is going to be our next Prime Minister and will be taking counsel from his good mate Cory.

September 21, 2012 @ 8:16pm
by Craig

Cory Bernardi is also a International Delegate of ALEC American Legislative Exchange Council. Why is an Australian Politician involved with an American Lobby Group? ALEC is supported by the National Rifle Association, Family Research Council, Heritage Foundation and three corporate donors. Now ALEC is very vocal in the opposition of Tobacco Plain Packaging in Australia.

September 22, 2012 @ 11:11am
by Peter Franklin

And I thought Abbott was on the extreme right.

September 22, 2012 @ 11:36am
by Richard Ure

It will be interesting to see if he keeps the same position on the Liberal How to Vote card the next time he is up for election. Odds anyone?

September 22, 2012 @ 5:58pm
by Jean

It's appalling that this creature was able to get the senate seat vacated by Robert Hill. How on earth? Australians are in for a terrible future if the Liberals are elected next year. Thank you Mike for this article - I'm going to share it with as many people as I can.

September 22, 2012 @ 6:41pm
by Chris Grady

Jason, you're right, but your counting needs some attnetion!

September 22, 2012 @ 8:45pm
by Rob

There is a facile argument advanced in favour of gay marriage - namely that people who love each other should be able to get married. This is by its nature a self-determined status and amounts to an argument that anyone who wants to get married should be able to. If gay marriage is allowed on the basis of this argument, it is clear that polygamy should also be allowed and, to take the argument to its facile extreme, someone into bestiality should be able to marry the object of their attention. Indeed someone of robust ego should be able to marry themselves. This is a facile response to a facile argument but it does not actually link bestiality to homosexuality as has so breathlessly been claimed by a media increasingly willing to generate its own headlines. Does this mean I support Cory Bernardi - not on your life. But I am fed up with bandwagon journalism.

September 23, 2012 @ 7:22am
by Marcus Finch

Cory needs help.

The Liberal Party needs to slowly back away from this guy, hands outspread and uttering calming noises.

September 24, 2012 @ 11:05am
by Michelle

I actually, physically shuddered on reading this article.

Generally, I merely dismiss the right in politics believing that I have the right to vote their policies aside at the polling booth and never think on the matter much beyond that. There are genuinely *nice* people in Liberal/National Party politics but I can easily trump their often, dodgy policies by voting left.

However, Cory Bernardi truly frightens me. He is way more shrewd than Palin could ever be. Too power-hungry. Too ultra right wing. Too cunning.

My vote - and yours - just got way, way more important!

September 24, 2012 @ 1:15pm
by Alistair Campbell

Like Richard I wonder about Bernardi's place on the Liberal Senate ticket. Why do I get an impression that the Liberal side of the Senate is the place to find some of the most unpleasant political operatives who wouldn't survive more than a term in the House of Representatives.

September 24, 2012 @ 1:49pm
by David

I believe that the attempt to link Senator Bernardi's beastiality remarks to homosexuality and gay marriage is purely a beat up.

After viewing the video it is obvious that Senator Bernardi is using the beastiality remark as a worst case rhetorical argument. Far from being a fan of Senator Bernardi's right-wing views I think that this type of opportunistic journalism is well below the bar that readers of The Global Mail expect.

Senator Bernardi was ushered in through the Senate's back door. It seems to be the favored path for politicians of this ilk. Senator Simon Birmingham also came in through the same back door as well, although Birmingham has demonstrated a certain level of political cunning that I doubt will result him attaining Bernardi's infamy.

September 24, 2012 @ 6:16pm
by Daniel

Frightening on first view, but almost understandable on further reading. Great, he can be reported, that's what we stand for. But as you go down the list, it shows some sadness, he has no real idea after the slogans.Not an expert by any means but living in Asia in over 30 countries over 25 years you see and hear the demagogues. We have a great advantage in Australia in allowing the ratbags to be heard, but we have an obligation to shout them down, too.

We must publicise extreme views. Again, that's what we stand for, but thanks Mike for allowing us to comment and rebut.

September 25, 2012 @ 1:37am
by geoffrey stallmann

why he hired him in the 1st place? i guess for a similar reason gillard hired the loser john mctiernan?...now theres negativity for you....

September 25, 2012 @ 7:05am
by Lesley Ann

This was an excellent piece of information on a very scary person. Is it good to be so discriminatory on any one group, I don't think I knew anything about this man before he revelled in his own crap. I am really interested in knowing more, of course I mean by that - what has this man got on Tony Abbott and how long before this man gets rid of Tony?

September 25, 2012 @ 3:29pm
by Pete Moran

It's great catching up with the real Cory Bernardi - what a shocker.

Nicely done.

I do kind-of-agree with the Halal thing however. If it's so magical / meaningful for Islam, isn't my belief that I don't want to eat it the same religious assertion?

Pastafarians don't eat Halal Bolognese.

September 26, 2012 @ 7:18pm
by mrm

Wonderful article.
So glad to see this unsuitable person to be in government at any level written about exactly as he is and does.

October 23, 2012 @ 5:52pm
by North Bourke

I have never heard of Mike Seccombe but he has probably never heard of me.
I had absolutely no problem with the initial comments made by Bernardi. They made sense to any thinking person who did not have an axe to grind. Marriage is between a man and a woman - sorry.
You can muck rake as much as you like.
I like Malcolm Turnbull as a person but he got it absolutely wrong supporting a tax that had no other outcome than being a wasteful tax.
I believe in global warming and cooling. Can man do anything about it - NO.
I think you should be having a good look at Mike Seecombe rather than Cory Bernardi.
With "pieces" like this you will go the way of The Sydney Morning Herald.

February 9, 2013 @ 10:23am
by Jeremy

I always thought Bernardi was just an idiot - but it is clear he is more dangerous than that. In the current political world, zealousness can not only cover various inadequacies but may in fact be a valuable asset to those like Abbot driven primarily by ambition.

February 9, 2013 @ 10:35am
by Glenda

Expect to see more use of the highly developed right wing lexicon as the year progresses. Perhaps a regular update would be very helpful

February 9, 2013 @ 11:16am
by Shane

This man is one that really gets under my skin and that gets to me. That Australia could produce and have a man like this in politics linked to the top is more than scary it is dangerous. But I suppose he would be happy with that knowing he has succeeded in getting the better of people. The only hope is that he is exposed to the wider public in all his glorious self and will do down in a screaming heap, taking the Liberal party with him.

February 9, 2013 @ 11:32am
by Julie Ho

So it is true that Tony Abbott will do anything - "whatever it takes" - to get into a position of power. Notice I did not say position of leadership, as we have heard no policies and nothing but negativity from this man. Easy to be a conservative as they just advocate More Of The Same. More difficult to make changes and reforms based on new knowledge, because by definition there will always be a variety of views about what and how to make change. But come the election Australian voters will surely remember that what they have is really pretty good, and deep down they don't want the excessively unequal style of The American Way that is seeping into politics, education and commerce.

February 9, 2013 @ 12:12pm
by HRH

He looks like a Scientologist. Creepy.

February 9, 2013 @ 5:42pm
by john ocallaghan

This story reinforces the famous line by Keating all those years ago,]]]mmm. now let me try to remember,i think is was something about unrepresentative swill.

February 10, 2013 @ 8:23pm
by sherry stumm

It is interesting that people like this will do and say anything to be noticed. I am sure Bernadi is intent on not sinking to the bottom of the Liberal pile of aspirational dead wood that sits on the back bench waiting for the old worn out dead wood on the front bench to move on. Thank goodness that calm, clear heads often prevail when people like this get up and expound such repulsive views, but then again how does he differ from the fact unchecked Alan Jones. Aren't they both as repulsive as each other?

February 15, 2013 @ 11:13am
by gaby duval

There should be more politicians like our Senator Cory Bernardi, who at least has "the balls" to stand up and have an opinion!!

February 26, 2013 @ 9:30am
by Paul Gerard

Bernardi has the guts to sya what his constituents think, and many rank and file Liberal party members. I dare say he is voicing the views of many many ordinary hard wroking Australians.

He rallies aginst the soft charndonnay set... with their views of mutliculturalism and other social experiments that has sent this country down the tubes. Keating - Gillard - Rudd - Turnbull and now Abbott have and will continue to sell us out to minority interest groups, just to help get them to Canberra and into the Lodge. Go for it Corey... Good on you for guts and conviction.

February 26, 2013 @ 12:33pm
by chris

Crude, unsubtle and as usual broad brush strokes Mike: D-

April 1, 2013 @ 11:25pm
by Allan

So he's a homophobic, islamophobic, climate change sceptic...and...whats the problem? I have a 'T' shirt that says the same thing...again...whats the problem?
He's simply saying what most of us are thinking anyway...
Mike, get over yourself!

June 2, 2013 @ 10:24am
by Capari

He is the single most offensive political representative in South Australian politics in our entire history and I wonder what his electorate saw in him and what did they expect to get from such a narrow minded representative. There is nothing of any value to be learnt let alone fostered from the American far right for any nation, there methods have been proven to bring hardship and poverty to the majority of their constituents in every instance. Anyone promoting this filth is not a patriotic Australian, just another self absorbed scammer trying to create a class system to enhance their beliefs of superiority.

June 2, 2013 @ 2:32pm
by Rickypann

This is why the Liberals are unfit to govern... the utter stupidity of the most unworthy , inferior, divisive and negative liars in Australian political history.

August 1, 2013 @ 9:37am
by Brendon

@Allan - Not climate change sceptic, climate change denialist. You actually have to know something about the science before you can be a sceptic of it. Bernardi is a fundamentalist Christian nutcase. How much do you think he understands science? He'd have our learning learning creationism is he could!

October 7, 2013 @ 8:15am
by Bernice Finlayson

A great piece thanks Mike

October 7, 2013 @ 12:36pm
by @lucky_country

Excellent article. Nightmarish situation.

November 9, 2013 @ 7:43pm
by Ben

I now consider the Liberal Party one of our loony parties along side One Nation because of their spineless complicitiness in tolerating such a hate monger.

December 4, 2013 @ 7:19pm
by dec

the bully & boofhead abbott won't have guts to go to DD, and so we are really stuck with this for at least three years. and if they started like this, what will they do in three years.

one prob is that as in other areas, it is far easier and quicker to destroy than build.

this is a wrecking ball govt

this is a govt that just governs for big business

this is a govt that is corrupt

December 5, 2013 @ 12:21pm
by Mohamud Usafar

It's true. Australian politics is full with people like Cory Bernadi, and for this, we are falling further and further behind the global society. Let all "free-market Christian fundamentalists" burn in the hell-fire for their "homophobic, Islamophobic, climate-change-denying" views. They are NOT solving political issues with absolute equality.

December 8, 2013 @ 4:35pm
by Terry Morrison

An excellent investigative piece of journalism -some may know that Mike S lived in USA for some years and is more than able to speak about Tea Party machinations. I have been saying for years that there are now significant elements to the LNP that should concern all "middle of the road" type thinkers who vote. Malcolm Frazer in an interview some time ago now (one plus one) is on record as saying that the current leadership of his old party (he resigned from the party) is so far to the right that he does not recognize it any more. Murdoch of course has a lot to do with this in his strong support for current members. Robert Manne's recent essay in The Monthly is most insightful and of course Paul Barry has made significant contributions to our understanding of the media bias. This not to say that the labor party needed a good kick up the bum for their abysmal politicking! As the man says Life is never simple....

December 14, 2013 @ 1:41pm
by Andrew Smith

It's not just that he is involved with ALEC, it's what ALEC represents linked with anti immigration groups such as John Tanton's FAIR http://www.uua.org/immigration/policy/states/173934.shtml

It's not just Cory Bernardi connected to John Tanton's nativist or 'white nationalist' network in Australia but also Sustainable Population Australia, Labor MP Kelvin Thomson and Bob Birrell's CPUR at Monash University.

At least Bernardi wears his heart on his sleeve versus other veiling their real views behind academic language, population data etc..

December 16, 2013 @ 9:41pm
by Keith Rose

Unfortunately, when people oppose the majority view like Cory Bernardi does, and fearlessly make a principled stand, then inevitably all hell brakes loose.
This mindless hatred of Cory's stand for the human race and therefore against abortion is much like the nearly 60 million Germans in the 2nd World War cheering Hitler along on his path to Jewish genocide and euthanasia.

January 6, 2014 @ 2:59pm
by cat

Islam is a totalitarian political and religious ideology, Bernardi is correct.There is no religious freedom under islam. People are not allowed to leave islam or convert to another religion. people of other religions are persecuted, taxed and even killed. if you read the Koran and other Islamic texts you will see that islam believes that women are inferior to men. A womans testimony in court is worth half that of a man's., a woman inherits half what her brothers do, and women are under the control of their father, or husband or some other male relative. Islam says that homosexuals should be flogged ( at best) or killed. Islam refers to jews as pigs and monkeys. Not all muslims are practising muslims ( ie adhere to all the tenets of islam) but those muslims who follow their religion devoutly aim to impose sharia law on everyone be they mulim or not.

January 6, 2014 @ 7:48pm
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by martha

mp are elected to represent US not their ideology, or Christian beliefs, ,
or
there personal views and thoughts religion should stay just that personal

Did abbott send him out to test the waters is abbott on a crusade to change aust, to his personal vision?, like a religious adventure, read the article where he talks about No fault divorce, dated some years ago.
This is our country not ABBOTTs personal toy, most like it the way it is, wide variety of ideas and opinions,,, its called a democracy,

January 6, 2014 @ 8:51pm
by Nigel

This is a test

January 7, 2014 @ 9:23pm
by Dan

Why is Bernardi in the Liberal Party? His views are far more aligned with the neo-nazi "Australia First Party" than the core Liberal ideology.

January 8, 2014 @ 11:26am
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