Statement from David Leyonhjelm

Unfortunately our early success in the count for the NSW Legislative Council did not continue into the final week with support from rural electorates. As a result I have not been elected to the Legislative Council, as previously claimed.

While this is not a personal tragedy for me (I was always a fairly reluctant politician), it is concerning for the Liberal Democratic party. I have long believed that holding a seat in NSW, where no Group Voting Ticket machinations are required, is important to the party’s future.

The party has been in my tender care for 14 years. As many know, I saved it from collapse in 2005 and organised it to the point where it could run in federal and most state elections. I won the party’s first parliamentary seat in 2013 in the Senate, and again in 2016. I engaged Glenn Druery to help in WA and Victoria, protecting him from idiots in the party, that resulted in winning a seat in WA and two in Victoria.

But ultimately I failed to attract enough votes to win in NSW. We have always known our libertarian base is small but we usually also attract protest voters and those who confuse us with the Liberal Party. In this case our ballot position worked against voter confusion while the presence of One Nation and burgeoning support for the Shooters Party syphoned protest votes away from us.

Whether there were other factors at work is difficult to say. Opinions are like arseholes – everyone’s got one. In politics, it sometimes seems a lot of people have more than one.

There will be plenty who believe they know what we could have done to increase our vote. I’ve probably heard them all before. It seems to me there is an inverse relationship between relevant political experience in politics and having all the answers.

Whatever the reason, it can’t be undone and I don’t want to hear them.

Now the party faces the future without me, either in parliament or managing the organisational side (which is where I started). I am no longer on the National Executive, which for the past year or so has been doing everything it can to reduce my influence.

I wish I could say the party is in good hands, but I fear that is not the case. The National Executive does not inspire confidence.

For myself, I will return to the business world. My company is still operating successfully and I have no need for employment. I will continue to write, including a book on gun control, but my life as a politician is over.

The impact is more far-reaching for my staff; they need to find a new job. We all go into politics knowing it is a precarious business, but that doesn’t make it easy. The hours are long and the pressure immense.

While I can’t say I it was fun, I’m honoured to have served almost five years in the Senate. I also have some very worthwhile achievements to my credit, of which saving Malabar rifle range is probably my most personally gratifying.

Thank you to all those who have supported me, whether in the last few years or over the long term. It is for you, your belief in me and our shared values, that I did it. I’m sorry that it ended this way, but it won’t be the end of our campaign for low taxes, less regulation and simply being left alone.

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56 Responses to Statement from David Leyonhjelm

  1. stackja

    The accidental Senator departs the stage.

  2. jupes

    Thank you to all those who have supported me, whether in the last few years or over the long term.

    Except of course for Dotty who did more to lose LDP votes than any person on Earth.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    Now the party faces the future without me, either in parliament or managing the organisational side (which is where I started). I am no longer on the National Executive, which for the past year or so has been doing everything it can to reduce my influence.

    I wish I could say the party is in good hands, but I fear that is not the case. The National Executive does not inspire confidence.

    Hahahaha!

    This is so typical of the libertarians!

  4. duncanm

    David,

    thanks for your service. I feel you’re one of the few politicians to whom that word can be applied.

  5. RobK

    Best wishes David. You played well. A braver man than most.

  6. I wouldn’t gloat about libertarians losing seats.

    We have less civil liberties than since before Federation and we have a record level of debt which is nearly at the point where it cannot be paid off.

    If Mark Latham or Cory Bernardi can stave this off, great but some allies in the NSW Legislative Council and Senate would be great.

  7. Ubique

    Thanks David for a job well done. The best of luck to you and your family.

  8. Fat Tony

    Thanks David – for doing a job most here bagging you wouldn’t do in a fit.
    Best of luck, mate.

  9. RichardS

    Good job David. Most vets are above average people. My brother (deceased) was one. Best of luck for the future.

  10. Tim Neilson

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #2988381, posted on April 15, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Yes indeed. The Animal Justice lady is no doubt well intentioned but does anyone expect reality to trump emotion in her decision making?

    I disagreed with Leyonhjelm on some things but if we start vilifying anyone who isn’t our perfect candidate we’re doing the work of the Uniparty.

    Thanks David – enjoy your post-political life (until the Uniparty and sundry flakes turn Australia into Venezuela).

  11. Barry

    Fluffy kittens beats pro-homo open-borders nut.

    Colour me brown.

  12. Y

    Except of course for Dotty who did more to lose LDP votes than any person on Earth.

    Hahahaha.

  13. JC

    Thanks David. You served honorably and true to the cause.

  14. Chris M

    Liberal Democratic party = for stroppy old atheists and pot heads.

    Open borders (aka globalism / national suicide) is not just dead but a killer – will kill each time it’s tried.

  15. Don’t you want to execute drug users and drug dealers, Chris?

    We’re not going to take lessons from whackadoodle supporters of illegitimate, murdering scum like Duterte.

  16. Mak Siccar

    Thanks David for your service and critical thinking. Enjoy time away from the bear pit.

  17. None

    While I am sympathetic to some libertarian ideas the sanctimonious dripping from this post is one reason why I could never vote for the ldp. Another is that despite the recent Mantra of being interested in lower taxes and Less regulation David started off his political career by threatening blackmail and then spending more time carrying on about marginal issues such as legalising drugs legalizing sodo mite marriage and legalizing state sanctioned murder not to mention his ongoing bitter carry on about Howard’s gun laws. If there was ever a tin-eared politician it was David and I see that he is leaving parliament and poisoning the well as well as that of his own party in typical Turnbull Style. I wish you well in your post political career, David; that is where you belong and you should have never even dared to think you represented any of us . As you yourself admit the only reason why you were in the Senate was because of the machinations of a vote Stealing cabal, a misleading party name, and a chance position on the ticket which attracted the donkey vote. That your proudest achievement is just saving a rifle range after five years and probably more than a million dollars of our money in your pocket shows just what a time wasting ineffective Senator you were.

  18. Davey Boy

    Don’t be going all ABC on us DL, it’s the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party

  19. “a vote stealing cabal”

    LOL

    Voting is *compulsory* and the major party cartel funds themselves through subsidising votes.

    Your complaint is that non-controlled opposition groups stood up to this crap?

    “blackmail”

    Let’s hope the Shorten government faces more of this from the right instead of pandering to the Greens.

  20. Tel

    As you yourself admit the only reason why you were in the Senate was because of the machinations of a vote Stealing cabal, a misleading party name, and a chance position on the ticket which attracted the donkey vote.

    Even worse than that … he went and did it all twice!!

  21. David

    You went and did what others couldn’t or wouldn’t try.

    You lived the dream.

    Well done Sir.

  22. Arky

    Libertarianism is probably a rising force.
    A lot of interest in the US with The Rubin Report, and many, many others.
    I’m neutral towards it, but Ljyjinjelhjmjjj was one of the least worst of the national characters in recent times.
    Good luck to you sir.

  23. Richard Bender

    So None, what you essential complaint is is that David is a libertarian? When you’re clearly a homophobic cunt, does it surprise you that you disagree with someone who isn’t authoritarian and against individual freedom?

  24. candy

    Very gracious statement.

    I hope Mr Leyonhjelm can find the time to submit posts about the general state of politics, the election results, and how minor parties are going. His views will be very interesting.

  25. AussieMAGA

    when will Libertarians learn that people actually value social relations and community?

    no time soon, because their ego and identity are too intertwined with pretending they are smart, and their corporatist/economic rationalist/ ‘homo economicus’ ideology

    poor Libertards

  26. duncanm

    candy
    #2988496, posted on April 15, 2019 at 7:24 pm
    His views will be very interesting.

    Another vote here – despite the popcorn being thrown from the peanut gallery

    As is said above — if you wait for the perfect candidate, you’ll be waiting a looong time.

  27. Tel

    when will Libertarians learn that people actually value social relations and community?

    When will complete morons understand that government is not the thing that provides you with social relations and community?

    You can still have those, even with less government.

  28. Peter Castieau

    David,

    I for one have enjoyed immensely many of your parliamentary contributions that I have seen during your term in office.

    I particularly liked your 4 ways to spend money from best to worst.

    I have pinched this and repeat it often.

    Good luck to you in this next phase of your life.

  29. Tel

    I particularly liked your 4 ways to spend money from best to worst.

    I have pinched this and repeat it often.

    It’s Uncle Milt, but he won’t go after you for pinching it cos everyone else does.

    https://freedomchannel.blogspot.com/2008/09/4-ways-to-spend-money-by-milton.html

  30. Fisky

    It is a shame to see Leyonjhelm go out like this, the NSW LC would have been so entertaining with both DL and Latham in there.

  31. a reader

    Sadly Peter Phelps has retired from politics too. Him, Latham and Leyonhjelm would have made an interesting trio.

  32. the not very bright Marcus

    David .. I thank you for your contributions on here .. I was unaware of yourself and the ideologies you espouse before I got to read your works on here and then I was awoken .. I haven’t read anything of yours I didn’t think was right .. Thank you and good luck .

  33. NB

    AussieMAGA . #2988514, posted on April 15, 2019 at 7:42 pm wrote:
    when will Libertarians learn that people actually value social relations and community?

    Tel, #2988518, posted on April 15, 2019 at 7:47 pm responded:
    When will complete morons understand that government is not the thing that provides you with social relations and community?

    Yes Tel. In fact the relationship is inverse. The more government the less ‘community’. Confected ‘community’, yes. But real co-operation, no. Looking to government for your every need reduces your self-sufficiency and neighbourly co-operation. Free markets, too, are built on voluntary co-operation.

  34. TBH

    If nothing else David upset the right people, like that nitwit Sarah Hanson-Young, and he is to be applauded for that. Has there been any outcome in the court case involving the two of them yet?

  35. Karabar

    I have often commented that Leyonhjelm is the only one in the entire ACT with a brain.
    I guess that means Canberra is now completely brainless.

  36. Rebel with cause

    Best of luck David. Was good to have a different perspective in the Senate even if only for a little while. This presents an opportunity to serve your community in a different way and perhaps you still may yet be more influential and do more good outside of Parliament.

  37. tgs

    All the best, DL. You did a cracking job and I thoroughly enjoyed voting for you at each opportunity I’ve had.

  38. Rob MW

    Sad to see that it turned out that way David. Well done for having a go, and at least now you will be unrestricted between personal opinion and political rhetoric. It will be fun, especially when the commercial pundits can’t work out the difference, much the same way DJT plays with their tiny minds. Have fun David.

    I think that it’s going to be interesting how the Uniparty, particularly the slightly less socialized party, deals with One Nation and the Shooters in the upper house. Particularly with One Nation picking up 2 seats the dimtwits will have to learn how to eat crow, or jump off the harbor bridge. I’m easy either way.

  39. Oh come on

    It astonishes me to see some people here relishing Leyonhjelm’s exit from politics.

    David, thanks for giving it a good solid crack. You put a lot of laudable, well-articulated concepts into the Australian body politic. The rock is further up the hill than it would have been had you never have entered politics.

  40. Colonel Crispin Berka

    David, thanks for all of your service to liberty in this country.
    Sometimes we can’t stop the tank of tyranny, but we can gum-up the tank tracks for a while.
    You were our gum.

    Might we see a summary and some political anecdotes from you at this year’s Friedman Conference?

  41. Oh come on

    David; that is where you belong and you should have never even dared to think you represented any of us .

    Not showing a great deal of self-awareness here, None. “Us”? Seems to me like you’re doing exactly what you are castigating DL for. You say DL ought to speak for himself and not others – well you should too.

  42. Chris M

    Emma looks pretty nice, not sure about plastic parts but she smiles which is a good start. Maybe folk would rather hear about animals than state killing and unregulated borders & dope for all.

  43. None

    Voting is *compulsory* and the major party cartel funds themselves through subsidising votes.

    Your complaint is that non-controlled opposition groups stood up to this crap?

    “blackmail”

    Let’s hope the Shorten government faces more of this from the rig

    indeed it’s neither here nor there if voting is compulsory or not. The vote stealing Cabal was just another elitist mob saying hey we know better than you as to how you should vote.
    David was also elected as a senator. The Senate as a house of review. Threatening blackmail when you barely have reason to argue you have popular support in order to pursue your own personal fuckwitted agenda is the action of a fascist.

  44. None

    I can speak for us oh come on because I paid David’a salary.

  45. Jannie

    Well served David. You were not a great politician, but a lot better than most you served with. I will still vote for your guys when they turn up on the ballot anyway.

  46. Rabid Koala

    Another cuck bites the dust. Good riddance.

  47. Baldrick

    Well done Mr. Leyonhjelm and thank you.

    I may not have agreed with every policy announcement from the Lib Dems but you were a voice of reason and knew what standing by your principles meant.

    You pissed-off all the right people and gave a voice to those fighting for less taxes and more freedoms.

  48. A Lurker

    I for one am glad to see him out of politics. His strong support for euthanasia is, in my opinion, untenable; and his support for ssm revealed him to be just another politician who had no comprehension as to how it would spark further reductions in freedoms and the growth and reach of the State. He too was ineffectual in trying to defend and protect our freedoms. He probably meant well, but in the end did little to turn back the rising tide of darkness across Australia. That being said, I wish him well in his future career outside of politics.

  49. Mundi

    David at least was the on libertarian voice for us. Now we have nothing.

    Two more half senate elections under the new vote system should actually benefit the right because despite seats like David going, the greens are most likely to be nearly wiped out as well.

  50. For myself, I will return to the business world. My company is still operating successfully and I have no need for employment.

    Makes a nice change from 97% of the tossers in Canberra who are only there because they were unemployable in the first place and when “we” end up “punishing them” by voting them out they simply swan off to lucrative 6 and 7 figure consultancies and board positions pre-arranged by Photios-Obeid types and then proceed to pilfer more taxpayers money for their maaaaaaates using their former Gubbermunt connections.
    Yes we really showed them by voting them out didn’t we! Oh how they must be suffering!

    At least DL earned his keep, anyone telling feminazis and woman-bear-pigs to fark off is worth 200k a year.
    Yet a sign of the times and portend of the future not getting re-elected.
    People preferred to vote for goats and sheep and getting pissed at 3am.
    In ten years they will be begging for curfews and eating their pets.

    Five years of fantastic speeches in the Senate, given to an almost empty chamber.
    Naturally, since the occupants of said chamber are the most empty headed vacuous imbeciles this country has ever seen and more than anybody needed to listen to what you were saying about freedom and liberty. But no, they knew better; A fat swivel-eyed, 20-something, socialist-slapper-single-Mum, bank teller from Bumfuckalaide knows more than a libertarian Sydney businessman and vet more than twice her age.

    A few things could have been better but I doubt it would have made much difference, we’re just too far gone.
    At least you get to say you tried when people are standing on the ashes of our civilization and pointing fingers and wondering how it happened.

  51. Stimpson J. Cat

    Bye David.
    Thanks for trying.

    Hopefully you will still keep working on your Christmas Songs.

  52. Oh come on

    I can speak for us oh come on because I paid David’a salary

    That’s a non sequitur. Try again.

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