Monday, September 9, 2013

Liberal Democrat (libertarian) elected to Australian Senate

Libertarian David Leyonhjlem supports some Coalition polices but not others | The Australian:

September 9, 2013 - "A pro-gun candidate set to be elected to the Senate believes allowing members of the public to carry weapons for self-defence could help curb violent crime.

"Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm admits people might have voted for him in the mistaken belief he was a Liberal Party candidate, or because he was first on the ballot paper. He gained 8.9 per cent of the vote in NSW.

"His party, which believes in social libertarianism, a free market economy and small government, joins a group of minor party and independent senators that look set to hold the balance of power after July next year....

"Mr Leyonhjelm said he also left the Liberals because of John Howard's crackdown on guns following the Port Arthur Massacre, describing it as 'a disgraceful attack on law-abiding citizens'....

He supports removing the carbon and mining taxes.... He also opposes Mr Abbott's paid parental leave scheme.... Other Liberal Democrat policies include the decriminalisation of drugs and assisted suicide and the legalisation of gay marriage."

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-2013/libertarian-david-leyonhjlem-supports-some-coalition-polices-but-not-others/story-fn9qr68y-1226715075049
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