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.
Conservative Australians 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.
Conservative Australians 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, Conservative Australians acknowledges that the logic of market relations does not exhaust the common good.
We recognise 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.
What is best for our families is best for society and Conservative Australians support stronger families by acknowledging the complementary but different roles that Mothers and Fathers play in raising their children.
A job, a home, your finances under control, a safe neighbourhood to live in, a secure retirement and a few of life’s small pleasures (going on holiday, getting your hair done, going out to dinner). These all contribute to healthy families.
Conservative Australians believes public finances should be diverted from expensive (high taxing) governments to families. When we say families, we include extended families – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, grandchildren.
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.
Values are the foundation of a nation. Conservative Australians believes in the importance of values. Values like telling the truth, living within your means, hard work, respect, courtesy, compassion, courage, generosity.
But when we see cronyism, wastefulness, backstabbing, price gouging by government agencies (water prices, power prices, land prices) and politicians spending millions of dollars on themselves while pensioners can’t afford to heat or cool their homes, we know there is a lack of values and a failure of leadership.
Anything not based on economic reality is doomed to failure. Whether it’s farming, mining, tourism or small business, it is a truism that capital goes where it is made welcome and stays where it gets looked after.
Whilst Australia is indeed blessed with abundant natural resources, Australia’s real wealth is not beneath the ground, it is between the ears!
Conservative Australians believes property rights, free markets, voluntary arrangements and effective safety nets provide the best opportunity for Australia and Australians to prosper. A strong and prosperous nation
builds up its infrastructure – roads, ports, power stations, airports and telecommunications. It also has strong defence capabilities and is able to afford the latest and best equipment for its defence forces. Australia needs a political party which understands business and how markets work; how and why investment decisions are made; how real jobs are created; and that ‘barriers to entry’ to getting a job causes unemployment.
There is no doubt politics in Australia is going through a very bad patch at the moment. Families are under pressure, values are deteriorating, Australia is getting weaker not stronger.
Australian families deserve better. Australia deserves better.
Strong families, strong values, a strong Australia.