Statement by Senator Lucy Gichuhi
Over the last nine months, I have been a student of our Parliament, the parties, and the cross bench. I have witnessed the contributions, strengths and weaknesses of each and every political entity. The process has led me to the conclusion that the Liberal Party is the closest in its core foundational values and principles to those that I aspire to in my own life.
I have aligned my passions, my beliefs, and my understanding; voting according to my independent convictions and beliefs, as to what is best for the State of South Australia, and the Nation as a whole.
I believe that the following considerations are important:
- A cohesive political party system is critical. I believe in rebuilding and strengthening, not in fragmenting and weakening. This is the only way to build a strong nation that can withstand global, political, economic, and socio-legal issues facing the world today, which is consistent with Australia’s political history and traditions.
- As is evident from my maiden speech, I am a strong believer in the principles of:
- Private Enterprise
- Reward for effort
- Individual Dignity and Freedom; irrespective of colour, creed, race, gender or socio-economic class
- Cooperation and mutual respect between the government and the citizens
- I believe in moral and ethical practices in business and commerce. As a lawyer, accountant and auditor, I am aware of the tendency to abuse and exploit commerce for unproductive ends, detrimental to the building of our nation. I am proud that our systems of governance are based on strong ethical ideals. Commerce and Individual Enterprise are good for the individual and society as a whole. The Government needs all of us to ensure that such noble ideals are maintained, as we have all fallen short.
- Youth, Women, Migrants and Minority groups, Workers, Employers, small to medium businesses and emerging communities are the backbone of the Liberal Party’s foundational philosophy.
- Let’s avoid political and ideological polarisation and strengthen our country. The Liberal Party has been built over a very long time and requires eternal vigilance for it to be maintained as it was originally intended to be. I appeal to Australians to take stock of what has been achieved thus far:
- Individual freedoms
- Dignity of the individual
- High standards of living compared to most of the world.
- As an Australian for close to 20 years, I know for sure there’s a tendancy to take our governmnet and way of life for granted; forgetting there’s a social and civic obligation that comes with living in a society as free as Australia.
- Having been employed for most of my life, I know the importance of industrial harmony and cooperation between an employer and employee. For this one way of fostering a spirit of mutual understanding in society. In my view the Liberal Party best provides greater personal freedom from individual, corporate and other forms of control.
- As a daughter, as a migrant, as a member of a minority and emerging community, as a worker, as a parent, as a lawyer, as an accountant, as an auditor, and as a Senator for South Australia. I believe in the principle of contribution: spiritually, emotionally, mentally, socially, economically and politically because it fosters a healthy self-respect and serves to discourage victimhood, self-entitlement and a scarcity mentality.
For these reason I have made a decision that the best way to serve SA is by joining the Liberal Party. The enemy of the best is good. Independence can be be very good, however in my view, interdependence is much better.
Senator Lucy Gichuhi