That future is us. We just have to take it.
If one thing can be deduced from the election it is that while the voters were in a mood for change, they were not in any way satisfied with the options that were there to change to. The enlarged vote for the Greens should not be interpreted as a general desire within the population for a move to the hard left, which the Greens represent, but disillusionment with both major parties. The Greens were the only party other than the big two who gained any publicity, so that in the eyes of the voters they were the only known quantity that was not Labor or Liberal.
We had mixed results, from a top of 5.5% in Gippsland where our candidate Ben Buckley was a well-known and popular local councilor, to lower ones in some of the more hotly contested seats. The important thing is that each and every one of them stepped forward and gave it his or her best. Sure there is disappointment, there is more down the track.
The Senate was good for us in the Eastern States; especially in NSW where Glen Druery appears to have made it to the last two left standing for the sixth seat, and Queensland. SA and WA didn’t do too badly for states where we have yet to establish much of a presence. We improved in every contest where we have been before.
We have a lot of scope in Queensland, given the report in the Courier that Labor has lost around 13% since the last state election but the LNP has only managed to pick up a bit over 2% of it. I tend to watch the LNP with a sense of disappointed bemusement in that they seem to have no idea of the way forward, they don’t look like a party ready to govern even in comparison with Labor, which is governing very badly. Their only chance of winning is for Labor to stay really bad, and even then I doubt they can have much confidence of getting across the line and if they do, they will be another one term government.
The same applies federally; as with the absolute shambles that Labor is and was, the Liberals were not really able to capitalize on it to the point of winning. They had every chance but failed to really define themselves as a real alternative to what was there already. When Abbott blocked the ETS he made the Liberals look credible, they were a real alternative. Since that time they have lost the plot and ended up going to the election as Labor lite, or not Labor.
We are rapidly moving toward the situation where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission. The Liberals do not offer an alternative to this because they are no longer a liberal party, but a conservative one and now represent just another face of big government and the nanny state.
We have a population looking for an alternative, and we are the only one. We in the LDP are the only party that intends to halt this decline into authoritarianism and reverse it. We are the only party that understands that the real solution is to reduce the size, scope and cost of government before we reach the situation where every dollar in the country finds its way into the hands of the state to be redistributed at great cost through a massive bureaucracy back to us in the manner that the current social engineers deem to be appropriate.
Let it not be:
We are a nation becalmed. We have lost the brisk pace of diversity and the genius of individual creativity. We are plodding along at a pace set by centralized planning, red tape, rules without responsibility, and regimentation without recourse.” – Barry Goldwater. 1964