Sam Kennard for North Sydney!
The Liberal Democrats have announced that Sam Kennard, the Managing Director of Kennards Self Storage, will run for the party in the North Sydney by-election.
Mr Kennard, a business graduate, has been Managing Director of his company for more than 20 years, growing it from 14 locations to 84 locations in that period. Kennards Self Storage employs 230 people across Australia and NZ, remains a private family-owned business and Australian business success story.
Everyone disapproves of things that others do. But if we prohibit all the things we disapprove of, nobody will be free.
Smoking, drinking, gambling, eating and certain recreational activities are good examples. While they might be entitled to give advice about the risks, regulators are increasingly taking personal choices away from individuals based on disapproval of the choices they might make.
Another example is mandatory bicycle helmets. Australia is one of very few countries that requires these, thus discouraging a whole generation from cycling. Not even in Europe, where cycling is hugely popular, are helmets obligatory.
Freedom of speech is one of our most fundamental rights and central to a free, democratic society.
The importance of free speech is not diminished by the fact that some speech is wrong, mean or causes some to take offence. The best response to bad ideas is to expose them to the scrutiny that can only exist in a free and open battle of ideas. Truth has nothing to fear from free speech, and neither does Australia.
The Liberal Democratic Party is Australia's only party that does not appeal to voters based on the claim that it is better at spending our taxes.
The Liberal Democrats believe Australians pay far too much tax and want to see the burden substantially reduced. Since 1996, per capita taxation has increased by more than a third after allowing for inflation, not including the GST. As a share of GDP, taxes (federal and state) are 75% above what they were in 1972, when the Whitlam government was first elected.
Whether or not the world is getting warmer, and whether humans are contributing, there is no justification for government intervention in the economy.
The Liberal Democratic Party believes there will be far less misery if society is simply encouraged to adapt to a changing climate, allowing market responses to proceed and providing support to any people or countries that are genuinely adversely affected.
Around 508 BC, when the Athenians established democracy, they recognised there should be a distinction between the public and private realms.