David Leyonhjelm

Nanny State Beware! Leyonhjelm to Exit Federal Politics and Contest NSW Election

Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm has been a staunch supporter of personal liberty and personal responsibility across Australia since being elected to the upper house in the 2013 federal poll.

But his days in federal politics are nearing an end. Leyonhjelm plans to leave federal politics by the start of March and will contest for a seat in NSW parliament at their state election on 23 March.

As AAP reports, Leyonhjelm believes his chances are high in obtaining a seat in the state’s upper house.

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Leyonhjelm seeks to strip the ‘nannyness’ from NSW

The libertarian, who has dealt with his fair share of controversy, feels his ambitions are more likely to succeed at a state level. He alludes to his aims being unsuitable for parliamentary committees focused on ‘nanny state’ and red tape issues, as AAP reports.

The senator has stated his opinion that NSW is becoming ‘nanny state central’, and that he will endeavour to steer the state away from this path once he is elected.

He will bring to the upper house ways in which to tackle liquor licensing laws, smoking-permitted areas, as well as proposed lessened restrictions on vaping, gambling, lock-outs and voluntary assisted suicide.

Most significantly, Leyonhjelm will continue his push towards legalising recreational cannabis use. He also supports pill testing at music festivals but wants it to be privately-funded, according to AAP.

Leyonhjelm will compete against one-time Liberal Democrats member and former Labor leader Mark Latham, who hopes to obtain a position in NSW’s upper house for One Nation.

But Leyonhjelm insists his chances of success are ‘strong’, and indeed believes both will be elected in March.

Leyonhjelm controversy won’t affect his chances

Leyonhjelm was surrounded by controversy last year for his comment directed at Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young made during parliament, telling her to ‘stop shagging men’.

Hanson-Young is suing Leyonhjelm for interviews he made mid-2018 to Sky News, Melbourne radio station 3AW and the ABC’s 7.30 program, as well as a media statement posted on Medium.com on 28 June.

In true Leyonhjelm form, the senator has said he is not concerned with the lawsuit affecting his chances at being elected, believing he and Hanson young have ‘radically’ different support bases.

We’ll know in a couple of months if he was right to think this.

Frankly, we at The Australian Tribune are hanging for a senator like Leyonhjelm to give back the freedom to Aussies to make decisions for themselves. We’re tired of the baby-sitting mindset of politics.

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