The Liberal Party was founded by Sir Robert Menzies in 1944 and since that time has become the predominant conservative force in Australian politics.
Since its inception, the Liberal Party’s primary focus has always been representing ordinary Australians, the “forgotten people,” as Menzies referred to them, who are often overlooked or taken for granted by Labor. They are the:
“…salary-earners, shop keepers, skilled artisans, professional men and women, farmers and so on… They are for the most part unorganised… They are envied by those whose benefits are largely obtained by taxing them. They are not rich enough to have individual power… They are not sufficiently lacking in individualism to be organised for what in these days we call ‘pressure politics.’ And yet… they are the backbone of the nation.”
Being primarily interested in protecting the rights of ordinary Australians, it is no surprise that the Liberal Party has its foundations in the protection of individual freedoms.
We believe in the inalienable rights and freedoms of all people; and we work towards a lean government that minimises interference in our daily lives; and maximises individual and private sector initiative.
We believe in government that nurtures and encourages its citizens through incentive, rather than putting limits on people through the punishing disincentives of burdensome taxes and the stifling structures of Labor’s corporate state and bureaucratic red tape.
We believe in those most basic freedoms of parliamentary democracy – the freedom of thought, worship, speech and association.
We believe in a just and humane society in which the importance of the family and the role of law and justice is maintained.
We believe in equal opportunity for all Australians; and the encouragement and facilitation of wealth so that all may enjoy the highest possible standards of living, health, education and social justice.
We believe that, wherever possible, government should not compete with an efficient private sector; and that businesses and individuals – not government – are the true creators of wealth and employment.
We believe in preserving Australia’s natural beauty and the environment for future generations.
We believe that our nation has a constructive role to play in maintaining world peace and democracy through alliance with other free nations.