Senator Cory Bernardi

Senator for South Australia
'Australian politics is in need of serious reform'
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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Australian politics is poised on the precipice of tremendous change. Voter disenchantment with the two major parties has never been higher while their perception of politicians has never been lower. In their eyes politicians have evolved into a breed of self interested spin merchants who will say and do whatever it takes to gain and retain power. And with a legacy of broken promises, financial mismanagement, corruption and betrayal who can blame them for having that view.

Across the world, voters are turning away from politics as usual and searching for a different approach. One that restores the faith of the people that politicians will address the issues that matter most to them. And so we have seen the rise in support for new parties – UKIP in the UK and the Party for Freedom in The Netherlands.

In Australia, we have seen the well funded PUP win seats because more and more Australians want a real challenge to politics as usual. The major parties will ignore this message at their peril.

Politics is in need of serious reform – it can either be initiated by the political class or will be imposed by their political masters, the people.

Senator Bernardi will address the issue of voter disenchantment in his Address to the National Press Club

Senator Cory Bernardi was sworn in as a Senator for South Australia in May 2006.

Senator Bernardi has had over 25 years’ involvement in the Liberal Party in Australia. From 1998 to 2000 Senator Bernardi served as the youngest ever State President of the Liberal Party in South Australia. He was also the youngest ever Federal Vice President of the Liberal Party of Australia.

Before entering Parliament, Cory was a member of the Australian rowing team, a publican, an investment portfolio manager and venture capital entrepreneur.

An accomplished author, Senator Bernardi has written five books including two children’s books: Fit for Life!, a book which encourages children to be active and engage in a healthy lifestyle and The Money Tree, which teaches children responsible money habits.

In 2009 he founded the Conservative Leadership Foundation – a not-for-profit educational, research and training organisation dedicated to developing Australia’s future leaders around the guiding principles of limited government, personal responsibility, free enterprise and traditional values.