What is it with the Catholic Church and the hijacking of Australian politics?
At the risk of offending others I can't help but observe that the Catholic Church seems to want to insinuate its self into every part of life, no matter how detrimental it is to the majority. Religion and State should be separate and the likes of Abbot scare me stupid.
My hope is the Libs get caned at the next election and that they then rebuild themselves as a true Liberal party and not the religio fascist organization Abbot and Co are angling for.
The Liberal Movement (LM) was a minor South Australian political party in the 1970s. Stemming from discontent within the ranks of the Liberal and Country League, it was organised in 1972 by former premier Steele Hall as an internal group in response to a perceived resistance to sought reform within its parent. A year later, when tensions heightened between the LCL's conservative wing and the LM, it was established in its own right as a progressive liberal party. When still part of the league, it had eleven parliamentarians; on its own, it was reduced to three.
In the federal election of 1974, it succeeded in having Hall elected to the Australian Senate with a primary vote of 10 per cent. It built upon this in the 1975 state election, gaining almost a fifth of the total vote and an additional member. However, the non-Labor parties narrowly failed to dislodge the incumbent Dunstan Labor government. That result, together with internal weaknesses, led in 1976 to the LM's being re-absorbed into the LCL, newly renamed as the Liberal Party of Australia. The non-Labor forces again failed in 1977 but succeeded in winning government at the 1979 election.
A segment of the LM, led by former state attorney-general Robin Millhouse, did not rejoin the Liberals, instead forming a new party, the New LM which, combined with the Australia Party, under the invited leadership of Don Chipp, formed the nucleus of the Australian Democrats which aspired to a balance of power in the federal Senate and up to four state upper houses for three decades. The LM and its successor parties gave voice to what is termed "
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