Australia is a ‘young’ society. Lacking a landed aristocracy, established Church, and other ancient institutions, the colonial society developed here was undoubtedly ‘liberal.’ The early federation was viewed by many as a ‘social laboratory’ in the first decade.
The conservative outlook that developed in Europe in reaction to the French Revolution was out of place on these shores.

Edmund Burke best represented this outlook in the English-speaking world. Conservatism does not begin and end with Burke, however. The club’s purpose is to explore the conservative perspective and tradition as it has developed in the western world over the past two centuries. We are particularly interested in how these traditions manifested on the Australian continent.

Additionally, we seek to draw out the modern relevance of conservative ideas and stances for Australian society.

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