New Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm gave his first speech to the senate this morning. In it, he proudly calls himself a libertarian, quoting John Locke and declaring that the only role for government is to protect life, liberty, or property.
Calling himself a “classical liberal,” Leyonhjelm says the he doesn’t know enough to tell others how to live their lives. He says he never liked being told what to do and he assumes others feel the same. He cites the draft for the Vietnam war as a powerful wake up call to his beliefs against big government and says that the jackboot of government doesn’t improve things.