Liberals Ban Liberals

Our team has been pretty surprised at how aggressive the government has been in this matter. They’re trying to cripple this little party with the bludgeon of legislation.”

– The Liberal Democrats’ John Ruddick in December last year, after the Morrison government asked the Australian Electoral Commission to ban his party’s name. Pictured: Liberal John Stuart Mill – who wouldn’t be welcome in the ‘Liberal’ Party.

This is a ruling unworthy of a great court. One doesn’t associate intellectual and historical illiteracy with a bench of world standing. ‘Liberal’ has been used as a political and philosophical brand name and self-identifier for hundreds of years. So much so that it has become near meaningless: a liberal can now be a far left-wing warmonger like Joe Biden or a laissez-faire traditionalist and isolationist like Rand Paul. While it is reasonable to block a new party from choosing a sound-alike/look-alike name designed to trick voters and therefore undermine an election, nobody seriously believes the LDP was engaged in such legerdemain. The same is true of the Democratic Labor Party – founded 65 years ago – whose name was also banned by the Electoral Commission last year (at the behest of the ALP). When it comes to policing, disenfranchising, punishing and robbing citizens, the two big parties cooperate like Bonnie and Clyde.

Coincidentally, the DLP was deregistered by the AEC on Monday for want of the minimum number of members (1500). The party disagrees and has a month to prove otherwise. Speaking of historical illiteracy, Nine Entertainment’s Tony Wright yesterday farewelled the great old party as “a political tantrum that lasted 65 years.” He forgot to mention that it arose as the reaction to large swathes of the labour movement being controlled by Soviet-aligned traitors. The old left doesn’t know what to do about its lengthy – suddenly unstylish – love affair with Russia. Wright also gives his readers to believe that Gough Whitlam outsmarted the DLP in 1974 – hastening its reputational decline in the tautological eyes of the “international world.” In fact, the QC was beclowned by beer and prawns. A year later, Gough was again bamboozled by Joh Bjelke-Petersen who left school at 14.

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13 Responses to Liberals Ban Liberals

  1. Bluey says:

    No surprises there for anyone who’s seen the way the majors collude to make things hard for the minors. Or who saw how hard they went after Pauline Hanson when she because a threat.

    They both need to be eviserated. Pulling this sort of thing instead of listening to votes is why.

  2. Tel says:

    The word “Liberal” has sadly been destroyed. If you call yourself “Classical Liberal” people tell you they prefer jazz.

    Coincidentally, the DLP was deregistered by the AEC on Monday for want of the minimum number of members (1500).

    A maudlin fizzer of an ending … but it makes sense when you consider the Catholic Church isn’t far behind. For that matter, the word “Labor” has also been destroyed, when you look at what was done to working people around the world by their supposed leaders.

    Money is one religion, and Climate Science is another.

    Put those two together and you have a world beater … and they fully intend to keep up the beatings.

  3. Cassie of Sydney says:

    I’m a member of the Lib Dems. They should just change the name to Libertarian Democrats or to the Libertarian Party of Australia…LPA.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Well they can’t be Democrats since the undemocratic Democrats copyright that name.
    And they can’t be Liberals since the illiberal Liberals copyright that one too.
    Maybe they can be the Party Party. Provided the Party Party Party Party, who stood in the initial ACT election, hasn’t copyrighted the name.

  5. Cassie of Sydney says:

    C.L….that heading should be “Liberals Ban Real Liberals”.

  6. Tel says:

    I’m a member of the Lib Dems. They should just change the name to Libertarian Democrats or to the Libertarian Party of Australia…LPA.

    I liked the general concept of “Liberty and Democracy” dunno why they changed it. When I hear “Lib-Dem” I think of Nick Clegg … and no one should ever have to think of Nick Clegg.

    Speaking of words that have been destroyed, you ain’t gonna like it but search “Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022”.

  7. C.L. says:

    I was game.
    Yes, the Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022 is real.

  8. C.L. says:

    They should just change the name to Libertarian Democrats or to the Libertarian Party of Australia…LPA.

    Their focus group research probably tells them “libertarian” is not a word in the vocabulary of 98% of voters.

    I’d recommend Liberty Party.

  9. C.L. says:

    In fact, I really like that name.

  10. Chris M says:

    Or who saw how hard they went after Pauline Hanson when she because a threat.

    Yes, Tony Abbott had her incarcerated! Amazing really. Nasty.

    This is an obviously bad court decision. If we accept they are most likely not poorly educated in English the only other option is politicisation. Which means can’t trust them, low credibility.

  11. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “I’d recommend Liberty Party.”

    Yes…thank you. I really like that name.

  12. Boambee John says:

    Cassie of Sydney says:
    9 March, 2022 at 9:06 pm
    I’m a member of the Lib Dems. They should just change the name to Libertarian Democrats or to the Libertarian Party of Australia…LPA.

    The should stick with the original acronym, LDP. Change to the Liberty and Democracy Party.

  13. Chris M says:

    I wonder if ‘Family First Party’ will take ‘Australian Family Party’ to court?

    If we register a ‘Party Party’ can we delete almost all of them?

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