"The heart of Liberalism is the understanding that progress is not a matter of historical contrivance, but of liberation of living spiritual energy. Good mechanism is that which provides the channels wherein such energy can flow unimpeded, unobstructed by its own exuberance of output, vivifying the social structure, expanding and enobling the life of the mind." Leanard Hobhouse, Liberalism 1911
Why an Australian Liberal Party?
We took the name ‘Liberal’ because we were determined to be a progressive party, willing to make experiments, in no sense reactionary, but believing in the individual, his rights and enterprise, and rejecting the Socialist panacea.” Robert Menzies, Afternoon Light 1967
The “golden thread” that runs through liberalism is the presumption of competence. People are capable of taking responsibility for running their own lives, with government providing the conditions that make it possible for them to do so. Liberalism asserts that good government must be based on respect, not an assumption of incompetence; government should empower, not disempower, facilitate, not try to run people’s lives for them. If governments act with respect towards their citizens, a happier, more peaceful, and harmonious, and prosperous society will be the outcome. David Kemp in the 4th Deakin Lecture