With his gaze recently augmented by LASIK corneal surgery,* this week Libertarianz leader Dr Richard McGrath casts it westward, at the curious bunch of people walking about on that enormous, hot and dry continent just over the horizon, who seem to lack a decent rugby team—but not a decent choice in the forthcoming election.
Noting the pending advance auction of stolen goods (otherwise known as the Australian general election), he reckons there is a sane alternative to the Mad Monk and the Narcissist from Nambour.
Let me says this as bluntly as I can: I urge all New Zealanders eligible to vote in the coming Australian Federal election to back candidates from the Liberal Democratic Party. It’s hard to be clearer than that.
Why? Because the two major parties in Australia are pretty much like ours. And the Liberal Democratic Party is just the opposite.
The ALP and the Coalition are Tweedledum and Tweedledummer. In the blue corner is a party originally conservative in outlook, now sadly dragged into socialist compromise and contradiction, and into expensive and unsustainable election bribes (sounding familiar?); in the red corner is a tired leftist mob led by an incurable narcissist, dominated by trade union thugs, and mired in corruption and rotten to the core. (If that doesn’t sound familiar yet, just wait until David Cunliffe takes over.)
That party is the Liberal Democratic Party, and with one exception, their policies replicate those of the Libertarianz Party.
They call for lower taxes and government spending, greater privatisation and deregulation, open markets and free trade, the legalisation of all substance use, and for extending migration agreements with other countries. They seek to end corporate welfare, abolish the institutionalised racism of affirmative action and the outlaw the atrocity of coercive psychiatry.
The single issue on which our two parties disagree is their approach to climate change. The Libertarianz Party supports a free market response to changes in regional climatic conditions, whereas the LDP advocate a government-led response. I will be contacting the LDP leadership to see whether they will consider changing this policy to make it consistent with their otherwise flawless adherence to free market principles. All in all, a flawless adherence to free minds and free markets.
We wish Peter Whelan and his candidates the best of luck for the election, and hope they are able to pull Tony Abbott's so-called Liberal Party in the direction of freedom for all Australians.
I should also say that as Libertarianz leader I have also been approached by the Australian Sex Party for endorsement, but found that too many of their policies—especially those on taxation, censorship and private choice—were at variance with the principle of freedom on which their party is supposedly based.
So vote Liberal Democrat—and vote early and often.
In closing, let me say that there are changes afoot locally.
I will shortly be taking up a position myself in Australia, where I hope I can make a real difference to people in desperate need of freedom: as a doctor on Christmas Island helping with the triage, processing and medical treatment of asylum seekers. I was recently delighted to learn of the island's libertarian (duty-free) attitude to the sale of alcoholic beverages, and hope to support that sector of their economy while I hope for a more humane treatment for the
I will remain Libertarianz leader-at-large while candidates are interviewed for my replacement, and will assume the role of foreign correspondent to this blog's readers.
*Corneal surgery performed by eye surgeon Andrew Logan and his wonderful team at the Wellington Eye Centre.