Cory Bernardi and the Australian Conservatives
Cory has been a leading conservative voice in Australia’s Parliament since 2006.
He has been a consistent and principled advocate in the application of conservative principles to the challenges facing the nation.
Despite persistent opposition and often strident attacks, he has never wavered from his commitment to limited government, lower taxes, personal responsibility, freedom of speech and traditional values.
Cory has been influential in shaping public debates including reform of Section 18C of the racial Discrimination Act, bringing common sense to climate change hysteria, defending Australia’s culture and ensuring Australian schools are places of learning and not indoctrination.
Before entering politics, Cory was a World Championship Australian Rowing Team member, a publican, financial markets trader and a venture capital entrepreneur. He is the author of seven books (including two children’s books) and is married with two sons.
His parliamentary record shows that he has always put principle above politics, and conviction above his own career.
Australian Conservatives is the movement uniting Australians who believe enduring values and principles are the key to a better nation.
They support and advocate for the essential pillars of conservatism as a means of building a sustainable and prosperous economy and maintaining civil society. Thousands of years of human experience have demonstrated what works. Unfortunately, this lived experience is ignored by too many involved in politics today.
Within that political climate, the Australian Conservatives was initially established in 2016 by Senator Cory Bernardi as a non-party political movement to unite conservatives under one banner and give a voice to those who believed that the political class no longer represented them.
The Australian Conservatives movement swiftly grew to tens of thousands of supporters who demanded a better way.
In February 2017, Australian Conservatives applied to become a political party for the purposes of supporting the election of candidates to the Australian Parliament.
From the Australian Conservative Party
A state that seeks to provide all things for its people will drain initiative from its citizens and undermine the legitimate authority of other social institutions.
The rightful functions of government are to guarantee individual freedom, property rights, internal order, a strong national defence, and the administration of justice.
Australian Conservatives supports the division of responsibilities between state and federal governments as prescribed in Australia’s constitution as the best means of preventing the concentration of power.
Personal responsibility is central to the idea of a free society.
We believe that each individual is morally responsible for, and should bear responsibility for their actions.
Australian Conservatives recognises that the most effective form of government is self-government which requires the development in each person of the virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance, faith, hope, and charity.
The allocation of resources through voluntary agreement between individuals and businesses is the most productive and efficient supplier of human needs and is the economic system most compatible with a free society.
In recognising that living generations are stewards of the riches, both natural and cultural, material and spiritual, Australian Conservatives acknowledges that the logic of market relations does not exhaust the common good.
The values, customs, conventions, and norms of the Judeo-Christian tradition are the foundation for western culture and provide the appropriate framework to inform and guide a free society. Without adherence to these enduring structures and an associated rejection of moral relativism, society induces its decay.
Central to this is recognition of the importance of the natural family as the best possible institution for the nurturing and development of future generations and its role as the foundation of society.