…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Australian Liberal (with capital L) politicians pretend to be conservative, mainly because Labor wouldn’t have them – Malcolm Turnbull is a good example. Ex-Liberal MP Peter Slipper or Ex-Liberal PM Malcolm Fraser, to name just two, are the embodiment of the underlying philosophy of that party – lie, lie and lie again, for the rewards are great.
So, as one would expect:
“Not one person has contacted me arguing for abolition” of 18C.
On 12 March this year The Conversation published this report on a federal member of parliament who said: “But not one person has contacted me arguing for abolition. It shows the feeling is very strong the other way.”
It wasn’t a member of the Australian Labor Party or the Greens that said that. It was Craig Laundy, a Liberal MP, who represents the electorate of Reid in New South Wales.”
This I received from Mr Simon Breheny of IPA, and before I got to my usual “I told you so” stage, I checked the Honourable Laundy on the internet. The leftipedia does not have much:
Craig Laundy (born 16 February 1971) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Reid in New South Wales, since September 2013. He opposes Prime Minister Tony Abbotts decision to increase taxes despite promises made to the Australian public prior to the 2013 election.
Laundy is the son of New South Wales public hotel baron, Arthur Laundy and his wife, Margaret. The family own over thirty hotels across the state. … Prior to his election to parliament at the 2013 federal election, Laundy worked in the family hotel business.
The Sydney Morning Herald, predictably, praises him and points out that “electorate of Reid is one of Sydney’s most ethnically diverse”.
Let Simon continue: “Last month I sent you an email to update you on freedom of speech and the developments around the proposed repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. You can read it here.
Since sending that email out to you I’ve been inundated with calls and emails from IPA members and supporters. Many of you have asked what you can do to help make sure that section 18C is repealed so that freedom of speech can be restored in Australia.
Here’s one thing you can do. You can send an email to Craig Laundy telling him why the repeal of section 18C is so important. I know many of you will be keen to make Laundy aware of just how strong the feeling is in favour of repeal.
Craig Laundy’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. “