Tony Abbott's new podcast launched today - Australia's Heartland
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Alex Turnbull joins new political party - The New Liberals - check out their policies here

First point on front page of their website:

The New Liberals have a vision for Australia, a long-term vision which will see this century become the Australian century. The New Liberals look beyond the next election and the election after that to the middle of the twenty-first century when we will be able to say:

  • Australia has led the way in climate change initiatives and climate science.
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Here are a few highlights!

Asylum Seekers, Refugees and other Immigrants

  • End mandatory detention
  • Bring Manus and Nauru refugees to Australia

First, we will remember that refugees are not criminals. They do not deserve to be locked away in camps, behind barbed wire, handcuffed and herded like animals. When we are in government mandatory detention will no longer be the law. We will legislate it into the dustbin of history where it will decompose next to the law that made Auschwitz perfectly legal too. We will dispense with the cruel fiction that these people must suffer so people smugglers are deterred.

Australia Day
We are well aware that First Nations people feel that to celebrate Australia Day on 26th January, the day of British invasion, is offensive, and something that keeps open long standing wounds. As a Party which believes in reconciliation and the healing of wounds, we will move Australia’s national day to another day.
Climate Change Policy and the Environment

The New Liberals believe that the World must reach net zero emissions by 2035 and that to delay any further will risk the very existence of our planet. We recognise that achieving this goal will cause difficulties in many areas. But we believe the nation is willing to endure those difficulties for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

In achieving our goal of net zero emissions by 2035, Australia will lead the world


Drug Policy

As a general proposition, we support the decriminalisation of drugs


The National Anthem
  • Retention of current tune
  • New inclusive lyrics to reflect diverse and rich cultural heritage

We will continue with the current tune for the National Anthem, but introduce new lyrics which are more inclusive, and reflective of our diverse and rich cultural heritage.

The first two verses are as follows:

Australians let us stand as one, upon this sacred land
A new day dawns, we’re moving on to trust and understand.
Combine our ancient history and cultures everywhere,
To bond together for all time, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.

Australians let us all be one, with peace and harmony.
Our precious water, soil and sun, grant life for you and me.
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts to love, respect and share,
And honouring the Dreaming, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.