IN AN effort to sure up its invasive political influence, the Left-controlled South Australian Liberal Party has moved to expel up to 550 conservative members.
Almost every person who joined the division in the past month – about 150 – is now facing expulsion due to their Christian conservative values, according to Sky News.
A further 400 longer-serving members are being subjected to an internal Party audit and have been served with “show cause” notices.
South Australian federal MP Nicolle Flint – who is fleeing parliament due to ferocious harassment from the Left – has described these actions as the “most extraordinary and undemocratic” in her time.
According to Sky News, the South Australian members are being targeted because of their connection to the Pentecostal church.
Outsiders reporter Caleb Bond described the Party’s action as a witch hunt.
“These people have committed no crime, apart from being Pentecostal Christians,” he said.
“If conservative Christians can’t find a home in the Liberal Party, indeed they are forcefully expelled, where can they find a home?
“The message would seem to be clear. If you’re a conservative, or you’re a Christian, the Liberal Party doesn’t want you.”
The South Australian division of the Party is dominated by black-hand moderates – whose political and social bent is heavily aligned with the atheistic Greens Party.
“The South Australian Party is almost entirely run by the moderates,” Mr Bond said.
“Bit by bit, they have taken control of every facet of the Party … there are almost no conservatives left in the parliamentary Liberal Party in SA,” he said.
“About 500 new members have signed up in South Australia this year. The membership of the Party is perhaps 5000 people, which means those 500 new members present a significant threat to the ruling moderates.
“So the Party’s executive used the most serious powers it has to try to stack the deck and kick them all out … this is undemocratic but even worse, it is open religious discrimination.”
Leftist South Australian federal senator Simon Birmingham, however, said the internal audit was “prudent”.
“It seemed the prudent thing for the Party to run an audit process to try to ensure that those who are seeking to join are actually supporters of the Liberal Party,” he said.
Senator Birmingham said it was a prerequisite of Party membership to support Liberal Party objectives.
“I think most South Australians would think it ridiculous if we were embracing members who didn’t support our objectives or didn’t support our candidates,” he said.
SA Premier Steve Marshall – also of the hard Left – said while membership was a Party matter, he also supported an audit process.
“Everybody is welcome, but we need to have people joining our Party who subscribe to our values, to our constitution and who want to support our candidates,” he said.
With the Liberal Party across Australia throwing up increasingly radical Left candidates, grassroots Party members have expressed distress that their so-called representatives do not represent community values.
Federal MP for the South Australian seat of Barker, Tony Pasin said members were being targeted because of their conservative views on late-term abortion and euthanasia.
He described the audits as a factional move bordering “religious vilification”.
“This is just an example of individuals on the State executive seeking to maintain the good graces of some of the factional heavyweights,” Mr Pasin said.PC