Senator Cory Bernardi on Christianity:
“If we dismiss the influence of Christianity and the Christian ethos, we do so at our own peril.”
“Within the Australian conservative movement we acknowledge that Christianity has played an extraordinary role in the development of Western civilization and in the development of Australia.”
“We think civil society is vital for an orderly and progressive construct and that governments shouldn’t be seeking to replace civil society because it will fail miserably.”
On the economy:
“We believe free enterprise is good because it provides jobs, it provides prosperity and opportunity for individuals not just business owners.”
It was in February 2017, just a few months ago, when Senator Cory Bernardi announced his resignation from the Liberals through a speech in the Senate. Senator Bernardi opted to advance the Australian Conservatives as a political party and sit on the Senate crossbench as its leader.
He rationalised the creation of the Conservatives as a political party with the need to find a better way.
What is that better way? 20Twenty host Neil Johnson gave Cory Bernardi the floor to answer that question and others when he featured on the program recently.
“But having said that I feel much more fulfilled in my political involvement. I feel I’m building something really worthwhile and that fulfills not only the desire I have to make a difference in the community, but it’s actually filling a gap,” Cory said, saying the Australian Conservatives have already had some success by encouraging the government to go in a certain direction.
“To find their spine as I call it,” Cory shared, saying the government’s put forward some of the issues that are important.
On the matter of what conservatism means today if its split between the two camps, those being economic and social, Senator Bernardi said conservatism is a way of looking at the world.
“I think it’s accepting that we build upon the lived experience of our ancestors and that we have an obligation not just to ourselves but to future generations,” Cory stated, and quoted Edmund Burke who said (conservatism) is a societal contract between those that have been, those that are, and those that are yet to be,’ for which Cory believes is the mantra of responsibility for all conservatives.
“We have different views on any number of areas but Australian conservatives are united by the principles that are in our party.”
“We think civil society is vital for an orderly and progressive construct and that governments shouldn’t be seeking to replace civil society because it will fail miserably and will only diminish what once again Burke said were ‘the little platoons that keep us going as a community,’” Senator Bernardi quoted.
The Senator continued his party’s platform to say that government should live within its means and be limited in its reach and gave a reason for that.
“If a government can do something to help you it can also do something to harm you,” the senator said, adding that a government that stays within those parameters and does as little as possible in satisfying the needs of a functioning Western democracy is a very positive step forward.
“You see that in almost every element of society. Gender is now a fluid construct. And it seems that if you support traditional marriage you’re somehow labelled an extremist which is just ridiculous,” the Senator illustrated before adding religion to the mix.
“There’s a freedom of religion and a freedom of belief but Christians are now marginalized and told to check their belief system at the door of the Senate, yet everyone else with a divergent belief, whether it be Aboriginal dream time, Islam, or anything else, it’s celebrated as some sort of diversity,” Cory observed.
He spoke about Easter and how the traditional name given to Easter eggs had been banned by chocolate manufacturers and were now called holiday or spring eggs.
“These changes are undermining and eroding our traditional beliefs and the structure that bound our society and built our Western civilisation and Australia. I think it’s in grave peril.”
“It’s a significant social experiment that’s going to end badly. It has everywhere else,” Senator Bernardi declared before turning the focus onto the economy.
“We’ve got a government and successive governments, that are not living within their means.”
“We have a moral obligation to our children not to saddle them with a legacy of hundreds of billions of dollars, maybe even a trillion dollars of debt by the time it’s fixed, that they will have to repay,” Cory informed, adding that the debt is not about investing in the future but that it’s actually being used to prop up the benefits and the entitlements of the mentality of today.
So what is that mentality? Cory Bernardi described it this way. “I want something for me, I don’t care about the future!”
Then there’s the political system and the disillusionment with the major parties. But what to make of the alternatives? Senator Bernardi’s concerned about their health.
“They haven’t been particularly healthy. We’ve had the Palmer experiment. We’ve the One Nation resurgence at the moment and there’s Nick Xenophon. Now they all may have some particular appeal but I can’t see the application of consistent principle in their policy approach,” Cory explained saying these minor parties are just tapping into a well of discontent.
“I think ultimately the parties of that ilk can do more long term damage than good.” So where does that leave the Australian Conservatives?
“I want to be a force for good. I want to be principled in our approach to working with whoever’s there. It’s about predictability, stability and coherence,” Senator Bernardi said.
Cory remained circumspect when asked by 20Twenty host Neil Johnson whether there was a place for Christians in politics.
“Those beliefs don’t always have to accord with mine. But if people are consistent and principled in their approach I think that’s a positive step for politics.”
“But within the Australian conservative movement we acknowledge that Christianity has played an extraordinary role in the development of Western civilization and in the development of Australia,” Cory acknowledged, adding that Christianity continues to play that role.
“It shapes and frames how we interact with each other. It engages in our legal system. Christianity is in our cultural and historical celebrations such as Easter and Christmas and so forth,” Cory Bernardi said, saying if we dismiss the influence of Christianity and the Christian ethos, we do so at our own peril.
Senator Bernardi reaffirmed the strong contribution Christianity has made to Australia’s wellbeing and said he reminds people of all persuasions not to forget that contribution.
He also mentioned the one thing that he finds extraordinary about Christianity.
“It’s the ethos of reciprocity. Do unto others as you want them to do unto you. That is not found in any other major religion. This is the essence of how we interact with each other,” Cory confessed, saying the Christian faith is also about voluntary enrolement.
“You can’t force people to submit to Christian doctrine. Its beauty, its purity is that people volunteer into it. And that’s what I wrote about in my book ‘The Conservative Revolution’.”
“The book essentially notes that society has swung so far one way, that the only way we can reclaim decency, stability and prosperity for the future, is to effectively turn it upside down and say, we have to retreat to our roots which have proven themselves over many, many generations,” Senator Cory Bernardi concluded.
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