In Defence of the Right to be a Conservative

Ever since the events outside Victoria’s parliament last Saturday, I have seldom seen so many members of our political and media class quite so eager to parade their stupidity. I refer, as you may have guessed, to their apparent inability to count beyond two.

To recap, British activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull brought her Let Women Speak tour to Melbourne last weekend, where a diverse group of campaigners took to the microphone to vent their frustration at the most recent assaults on women’s rights. As the many social media clips of the rally attest, the unwanted intrusion of biological men into women’s change rooms, sporting codes and prison cells were just some of the points of discussion.

A second group of protestors, as expected, marched onto the scene and set themselves against their female opponents. These transgender activists and allies, many of whom were easily identifiable by their low growls and unladylike appearance, made their demands with perfect clarity: for example, they are very much for the rights of bearded blokes in ill-fitting dresses to share public bathrooms with young girls. In politer moments, they called their adversaries bigots and TERFs but would have much preferred that the Let Women Speak speechmakers shut up entirely.

This is where it got tricky for some of our innumerate journalists and MPs, as later in the day a third group of black-clad, Sieg Heil-ing neo-Nazis started their own rally. True to character, they annexed a good deal of space around the Parliament steps and beclowned themselves in front of all the attendees and media. Understandably, Keen-Minshull and her co-speakers — which included Liberal upper house MP Moira Deeming — were horrified by the arrival of these hijackers and felt physically intimidated by their presence, as they relayed in a video recorded after the event.

Let’s be clear: one would have to be laughably obtuse to see an equivalence between groups one and three. One would have to believe that a women’s rights group, which was explicitly founded to keep men out of women’s spaces, also welcomes neo-Nazis into those same spaces. Moreover, one would have to believe that the wonderfully fiery Let Women Speak organiser, Angie Jones, a left-wing Jewish feminist, is also chummy with Melbourne’s band of pathetic blackshirts. Finally, one would have to discard the obvious explanation, which is that a minuscule sect of Hitler fanboys like making a pest of themselves at public events, as they did during the CMFEU protests at the height of the COVID lockdowns in 2021.

Unfortunately, such stupidity must be part of the selection criteria for many of our current politicians and media figures, who have recited their party lines all week with very little backlash.

Greens leaders Adam Bandt and Samantha Ratnam made competitively fatuous statements, but both had a clear enough meaning: the rally-goers standing up for women’s rights were true allies of neo-Nazis and there was no real organisational or moral difference between the two. Daniel Andrews, contemptible as ever, implied that the protest had a Nazi-like quality before the gatecrashers even arrived. By the following Tuesday, when the Let Women Speak tour had arrived in Tasmania, the whole organisation had transmogrified into literal Nazis, according to local Hobart oaf and Greens representative Ben Lohberger. As he cheered on Keen-Minshull’s latest counter-protestors, Councillor Lohberger — while picturing himself as some kind of noble resistance fighter, no doubt — bravely tweeted: “This is how you treat nazis”.

The journalists, unsurprisingly, have been even worse. The ABC, to its usual discredit, has insisted on throwing around the dysphemism “anti-trans” in lieu of the more accurate “pro-women’s rights” at every opportunity, and just about every other media outlet has followed its lead. ABC editors, though, are rather well-adjusted compared to Amy Remeikis, one of the more embarrassing tantrum-throwers employed at The Guardian. On Twitter, Remeikis advanced a conspiracy theory alleging that the Nazis had provided some kind of ideological backbone to the gender-critical movement long before anyone even RSVP-ed to Saturday’s rally.

To be fair to Remeikis, she isn’t alone in her lunacy, as such wild imaginings have been part of the transgender rights movement in Australia for some time. As I have to keep pointing out, back in 2021, award-winning Aboriginal author Claire G. Coleman compared the emerging gender-critical feminist cohort with the Nazis in a rather striking way. She mused:

I disagree with killing anybody but when you think about it kill all TERFs” has the same energy as kill all Nazis””

From personal experience, I know that Coleman can get a bit grouchy when this line is repeated back to her. For that reason, let me hasten to notice the admirable restraint in that first clause of her Tweet, and I leave it entirely up to my fair-minded readers to detect any giddiness or enthusiasm in the rest of the sentence.

The point is that such a deranged worldview has plainly become a dominant one among a depressingly influential contingent of our media and politics. From now on, any person or organisation with the mildest criticism of the demands of the transgender movement is ipso facto in step with the most heinous genocidal movement of the 20th century. Armed with such an inane argument, any genuine concerns about the erosion of women’s rights can be unthinkingly invalidated.

What’s extra annoying is that the nominally conservative side of politics in Victoria has volunteered to take on some of the Left’s workload. John Pesutto, who identifies as the leader of the Victorian Liberals, has moved to expel from the party the newly elected MP Moira Deeming for her role in the Let Women Speak event.

Pesutto, like his co-thinkers among the Greens, makes his risible case for expulsion on the grounds that Deeming is Nazi-adjacent at best, so her position in the Liberal Party is untenable. He adds to the charge sheet Deeming’s association with Keen-Minshull, who once allegedly associated with someone else of bad character, so you get the idea. If anything of value comes out of this affair, it will be the way in which John Pesutto drew wider attention to his utter uselessness as a party leader.

Victorian conservatives, I know, are not in the habit of having politicians to celebrate, but Moira Deeming has been the most brilliant exception. Quadrant readers will be familiar with her masterly inaugural speech, in which she set out her personal story, her political awakening, and her vow to fight for sex-based rights.

Just as impassioned and timely is her statement in which she takes on her party’s accusers. One remark in particular stood out, where Deeming averred:

“I have done nothing wrong.”

That strikes me as a good line for all of us to have at the ready: whenever the mob comes after you, it’s never worth it to apologise or cower. It certainly won’t be the last time Moira Deeming reaches for such a line to defend herself, but I do hope that she’ll still be making her case from within the Liberal Party when the next fight comes around. Who knows? Perhaps her colleagues can even rally to her cause rather than continue to damn their own.

14 thoughts on “In Defence of the Right to be a Conservative

  • DougD says:

    Deeming’s sins of association with Nazis and Keen-Minshull are the same kind of association the man in the old song had with the Prince of Wales – ‘I danced with a girl who danced with a man who danced with a girl who danced with the Prince of Wales”.

  • Daffy says:

    Let’s not use ‘allies’, as in: “These transgender activists and allies…” While it started out as an innocuous word, it has very precise connotations in wokedom. The term ‘fanboys’ is far better: deprecating, derogatory, demeaning and mindless. Precisely the right word for ‘transgender(sic) activists hangers on.,

  • Stuart K says:

    Excellent article!

    It is amazing how meekly the media and even the Victorian Opposition Leader have fallen into line behind the mantra that gender-critical feminists are ‘far-right’ and even possibly Nazis. You know, I would even go as far as agreeing with a sizeable number of feminists when they say that the main problem with this world is wealthy, powerful, ‘cis’ white males. Consider some of the examples that prove their statement (at least in some notable instances) to be true: Joe Biden, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Justin Trudeau, Tim Gill, John Stryker, Anthony Albanese, Daniel Andrews and now John Pesutto.

  • leabrae says:

    This past week may prove definitive. On the one hand the Prime Minister decided upon the Bolshevik (or maximalist) version of a Voice. On the other hand, the Attorney-General used the methods of generations of ideologues to align a speaker with the enemies of mankind. Did anyone on any platform in this country defend Moira Deeming on the ground of freedom of thought and its attendant freedom of speech? No. Media and the mis-named Liberal Party followed the anti-liberal Dreyfus blindly. The authors of our national constitution could not predict, could not envision, such desert days that have come. One of my teachers (of Russian History) of many years past suggested the best way to understand Lenin was to consider the crowd at the base of a tall building atop which someone threatened to fall. While the crowd in one form or another called upon the suicidal person to withdraw Lenin called out, “Jump”. And that’s where we are today. Albanese and Dreyfus together shouted “jump”. At least four centuries have passed since the lawyer, statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon wrote: “Liberty of speech inviteth and provoketh liberty to be used again, and so bringing much to a man’s knowledge”. Australia has decreed, perhaps conclusively, “Not for us it doesn’t!”


    The Trans and neo Nazi mobs behaved as per the SJW playbook. A down to earth definition of SJW is provided by Urban Dictionary thus:
    “SJW is an acronym that acts as a placeholder for SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR. It is primarily used to reference an individual or individuals that exhibit extreme or overly emotional behavior in an attempt to sway social, cultural, and/or political policy. It can also be in reference to that individual using methodical and malicious tactics in order to silence or defame those that disagree with their particular ideology. Commonly, someone who is labeled an SJW would also justify this behavior via a feeling that they themselves or the social group they identify with are being victimized by an oppressor”.
    Unsurprisingly, this SJW display acted like some kind of unique, psycho pheromone to stimulate further SJW behaviour in the usual suspects of the media and certain pusillanimous politicians.

    • john mac says:

      Yes , remember last year the guys in white shirts and beige pants representing the “Far right'” – turns out they were lefty plants abusing stereotypes , and I suspect these black-clad “Nazis” saluting have leftist fingerprints all over them . If they were right wing with a few brain cells , they and all the world would know it’s a losing tactic almost comically (deliberately) designed to scuttle Keen’s event and credibility . Nazis were totalitarians , something which is anathema to all conservatives , permanently separating us from their paradigm , yet here we are , defending ourselves again . The left are playing us , especially those who are supposed to represent us (Pesutto , Kean, Perrotet) Like cheap violins .

      • Daffy says:

        The Left executed this type of tactic at a George H W Bush talk, from what I remember. I think it might have been inspired by Saul Alinski or one of his fanboys, but a crowd of lefties turned up and enthusiastically cheered for Bush…only, they were all dressed as KKK members. Agent Provocateurs.
        Remember, the Left has no morals, will stop at nothing to foment destruction of other views (remember Lenin on debates: the aim is annihilation, not discussion) and will engage in deception, ad hominum deprecation and outright lies to smear their enemies. I’m sure Deeming was a victim of this and the Libs are so politically naive as to swallow the bait, refuse to fight and are unable to combat the left.

  • en passant says:

    The Liberal & LNP have long since been so ridden with Green Termites, WEF Infiltraitors & Principleless Peters (who never had a level of incompetence they could aspire so that they are wasting valuable O2.
    Which leads to the conclusion that ….
    We need a new party

    • john mac says:

      Yes , Gramsci’s work is done .He’d be smiling in hell.

    • STD says:

      Totally agree. Maybe we could call this new party the ALP ,this would stand for the actual- Australia’s Liberal Party , not to be confused with with the two global entities known as the ALP and its affiliate the LP of Australia .
      This party would encompasses true Menzies values and would actively court descent disaffected voters on both sides of the political spectrum. This would leave the liberal and Labour Party dregs to join forces and amalgamate, then we will back to left and right instead of the confused state of half left half right.
      Or Just vote One Nation and give them the power to dictate the wants and needs of the electorate at large, especially in the senate – make them honest.

  • en passant says:

    It just occurred to me that the ilLiberals could solve a lot of their problems by the simple solution to their self-destruction (thanks to the useless cowards in their midst) by the promotion of Moira Deeming to Leader of the Conservative Liberal Party and the expulsion of every Green Termite beginning with the leading invisible fool, umm – what’s-his-name …

  • Reg brownell says:

    Pesutto rises to the left baited hook. What a spineless, disloyal, thoughtless and brainless “leader”. The sooner Pesutto is removed the better. Similarly for those Liberals who backed his motion and amended suspension.
    If this is the treatment the Liberal Party dishes out, what hope does it have of attracting and encouraging those with real talent and matching principles.
    Go now.

  • doconnell says:

    One has to admire the political skills of the Premier, Daniel Andrews, who simply makes allegations referring to Nazis at the rally and then looks on as the Victorians Liberals have a huge bun fight about expelling one of their parliamentarians, before he jets off to China – all while the Ashton by-election grinds to its conclusion. Masterly.

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