Federal Election 2013
The Liberal Democratic Party has won a seat in the Senate representing NSW. Our new Senator-elect is David Leyonhjelm, who commences his six year term in July 2014.
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Freedom Commissioner at National Conference 2014
The 2014 National Conference was held on 2 February 2014 in Sydney. The keynote speaker was Tim Wilson, newly appointed Freedom Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commissioner.
There were speakers from six other minor parties with overlapping interests with the Liberal Democrats and of course our elected representatives, Senator-elect David Leyonhjelm, Councillor/Mayor Clinton Mead and Councillor Jeff Pettett.
Videos of the presentations will be posted here in due course. In the meantime, a transcript of Tim Wilson's speech is available here.
Freedom of speech is one of our most fundamental rights and central to a free, democratic society.
The importance of free speech is not diminished by the fact that some speech is wrong, mean or causes some to take offence. The best response to bad ideas is to expose them to the scrutiny that can only exist in a free and open battle of ideas. Truth has nothing to fear from free speech, and neither does Australia.
Everyone disapproves of things that others do. But if we prohibit all the things we disapprove of, nobody will be free.
Smoking, drinking, gambling, eating and certain recreational activities are good examples. While they might be entitled to give advice about the risks, regulators are increasingly taking personal choices away from individuals based on disapproval of the choices they might make.
Another example is mandatory bicycle helmets. Australia is one of very few countries that requires these, thus discouraging a whole generation from cycling. Not even in Europe, where cycling is hugely popular, are helmets obligatory.
The Liberal Democratic Party is Australia's only party that does not appeal to voters based on the claim that it is better at spending our taxes.
The Liberal Democrats believe Australians pay far too much tax and want to see them substantially reduced. Since 1996, per capita taxation has increased by more than a third after allowing for inflation, not including the GST. As a share of GDP, taxes (federal and state) are 75% above what they were in 1972, when the Whitlam government was first elected.
Around 508 BC, when the Athenians established democracy, they recognised there should be a distinction between the public and private realms.
Whether or not the world is getting warmer, and whether humans are contributing, the Carbon Tax is bad policy. The Liberal Democratic Party believes there will be far less misery if society is simply encouraged to adapt to a changing climate, allowing market responses to proceed and providing support to any people or countries that are genuinely adversely affected.
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