There are only two genders and children do best with a married mum and dad were what right-wingers were told to proclaim at an event in Sydney over the weekend.
Those attending the CPAC (conservative political action conference) event at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Saturday heard they must stand up for truths that were once ‘self-evident’.
North Queensland Liberal National Party Senator Matt Canavan received a rousing round of applause after telling the CPAC audience who the ‘truth-tellers’ were and how to recognise them.
Senator Matt Canavan told the right-wing CPAC gathering in Sydney on Saturday that conservatives needed to be truth-tellers, which included insisting there were ‘only two genders’
‘It’s very easy to tell who the truth-tellers are,’ Senator Canavan said.
‘They’ve got an adjective now, they are called “cancelled”.
‘Anyone’s that “cancelled” you pretty much know they are telling the truth.’
Senator Canavan outlined a set of truths he believed it took ‘courage’ to state.
‘The truth is you cannot run an industrial economy on a power system that is weather-dependent,’ he said.
‘The truth is billions of people will starve if we turn our back on fossil fuels, billions!’
Children do best when they are in a family with a married mum and dad, according to Senator Canavan
‘The truth is climate change policies are a scam, perpetuated by western corporates and egged on communist and former communist dictators.
‘The truth is the Chinese Communist Party has never complied with international laws including trade and climate laws and they have stolen thousands of our manufacturing jobs because they can get away with it.
‘The truth is that the most important job in our society is that of a mum and a dad and kids do better when they raised by a mum and a dad who remain married.
‘And finally, there are only two genders.’
Senator Canavan said these were things children should be taught.
It was a theme also picked up by former prime minister Tony Abbott, who also spoke at the conference.
‘I am obviously completely out of step with the modern world,’ Mr Abbott said.
Protesters gathered outside the CPAC event on Saturday and accused those inside of being ‘fascists’, ‘transphobes’ and ‘anti-queer’
‘I don’t like the climate cult, I don’t like the virus hysteria. I can’t understand the gender fluidity push.’
He told a story of door-knocking in his former electorate of Warringah, on Sydney’s northern beaches, and being told by a woman she couldn’t vote for him because her children opposed his climate change stance.
Mr Abbott said he her asked the woman ‘who is the adult?’
‘I think we have been remarkably shy of being the adults that we should be,’ Mr Abbott said.
The challenge for conservatives, according to Mr Abbott, was to curb government interference in people’s lives.
Former Brexit party leader Nigel Farage said ordinary Australians were approaching him and saying the ‘wanted their country back’
‘That means getting regulations down so good people can make the most of their lives without having to answer to officialdom on everything from the colour of their heat reflecting phones to the pronouns they use,’ he said.
A small of group of protesters gathered outside the CPAC event accused those attending of being ‘fascists’, ‘anti-queer’ and ‘transphobes’.
At one stage police had to separate the protesters from a CPAC attendee, who went into their midst along with a camera crew.
Police also blocked the protesters when they made an attempt to storm the Darling Harbour International Convention Centre, where CPAC was held, through a back entrance.
Inside the venue international speakers argued conservatives had lacked courage to stand up for their values.
Mr Farage said he would refuse to take a knee and ‘bow down’ to Black Lives Matter, a movement these Collingwood and Richmond players are acknowledging before their AFL clash in 2020
British political commentator and former pro-Brexit party leader Nigel Farage claimed that during his week in Australia he had been approached by numerous locals complaining about a lack of principled politicians.
‘Everywhere I go ordinary and decent Australians are coming up to me and saying they are worried about the future of their country,’ Mr Farage told the CPAC attendees.
‘They are worried about what Australia is becoming and they cannot believe the lack of conservative courage and leadership.’
‘They say “we want Australia back”.’
Former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott told CPAC attendees he did not understand ‘the gender fluidity push’
Mr Farage said those on the left side of the political spectrum had taken over schools and the media.
‘They are trying to bring down everything Western civilisation has ever stood for,’ Mr Farage said.
‘We’re telling eight-year-old kids that if you are a white you are guilty, you are an oppressor, you should be ashamed of your family, your history, your country, your culture.
Mr Farage said people were told to ‘take the knee’ and ‘bow down’ to causes such as Black Lives Matter, but he wouldn’t do so.
He even went as far as calling former Liberal prime minister Scott Morrison ‘a gutless coward’ for being bullied into UN climate targets at the Glasgow conference in late 2021.
Mr Farage accused former British prime minister Boris Johnson (pictured left) of being manipulated by his wife Carrie (pictured right)
The former UK Independence Party leader was equally unsparing of his former partner in successfully campaigning for Brexit, Boris Johnson, who was recently deposed as UK prime minister.
‘Boris has damaged the Conservative brand hugely, let everybody down,’ Mr Farage said from the CPAC stage.
‘It’s a shame. He had the world at his feet, he just wasn’t quite capable of telling the truth. He never was really actually a conservative.’
Mr Farage even accused Mr Johnson of being ‘manipulated’ by his wife, Carrie Johnson.
‘Boris it would appear was very, very manipulated by his new wife – Carrie Antoinette is her name,’ Mr Farage said, dropping a reference to the last queen of France, Marie Antoinette.
‘Bringing down’ former UK prime minister Theresa May (pictured left), here seen with former US president Donald Trump, was the proudest achievement of Mr Farage’s life
Marie Antoinette is best known for the story, which may not be true, where she sarcastically said ‘let them eat cake’ to starving peasants demanding bread before the monarchy was bloodily overthrown in the French Revolution.
Mr Farage said he couldn’t even be sure Mr Johnson was a conservative.
‘There are many things we just don’t know about Boris, including how many children he’s got,’ he said.
This was a reference to Mr Johnson’s very messy love life, which has included many admitted affairs.
Mr Farage claimed credit for deposing former UK prime minister Theresa May, by running UKIP candidates successfully against the Conservative Party in the European Parliament elections of 2019.
‘For me getting rid of Theresa May as prime minister is one of my most proudest achievements,’ he said.
Matthew Whitaker, who was an acting Attorney General in the Trump Administration, said conservatives in the US and Australia had similar opportunities and faced similar challenges
The rallying cry for conservatives to stand up for their values was also picked up by visiting US speaker Matthew Whitaker, who was an acting attorney-general in the Trump Administration.
Mr Whitaker said he had been struck by the similarity of opportunities and challenges in the US and Australia as the ‘left’ tried to erode conservative values.
‘It is really a similar fight, a similar fight that we all must join,’ he said.
‘The left is on the march, government wants to expand and liberty loving people like you and me and our compatriots are what’s left to stand in the gap and defend that freedom.’