It has been a busy week for me so this is the first chance I have had to communication how great the Melbourne Traditionalists Conference went!
The Friday night was the meet and greet designed to let people meet each other and to talk, to which we had 20 people come along. We had sandwich wraps and donuts to eat as well as drinks, bizarrely water and red wine were both favourites, but not together to my knowledge. It was great to see a room full of our people, all talking and enjoying each others company. The venue being an old bank from the 1880's which had been done back up, people were very complimentary of the building. It is spring in Melbourne and Friday we had our first really hot day, 28 degrees, so the night was warm but that simply added to the atmosphere.
That night it rained and Saturday was back to 18 degrees. The Conference started 15 minutes late, but once it was underway it moved along quite smoothly. First up we had a talk on the Anti-Suffragette Movement, which was well received as well as informing the attendees on a movement that has purposely been forgotten. Next up we had, What has Christianity done for us?, the speaker had prepared much more than expected and had to cut his talk short. However that wasn't what made the talk the most controversial of the Conference, it was either Christianity was a Universal religion or a religion of Nations. Then we had the most asked about topic on Shakespeare and Conservatism where a good argument was made that people do not view the Bards plays correctly. For example, Romeo and Juliet is today portrayed as a Romance, but it is in fact a Tragedy with a moral centre. That love should not be extreme, you should not love too much or too little.
We then had lunch, $250 of fish and chips with a choice of salads, which was lovely. We also had lamington cakes and cup cakes during the morning, along with water, soft drinks and hot drinks.
After lunch we had the keynote speaker, Frank Salter speak on his ideas for advancing Anglo-Australia. A lot of strategic thinking and ideas for moving forward, while also asking the question why have our elites betrayed us. Then I gave the final speech of the day, Traditionalism - the way forward. More strategy and ideas for moving forward. My talk was based on three blog posts I had written, Things I admire about the Left, How to fight back & The broad-front strategy.
Frank Salters speech was filmed and we will be making it available in the next week or so. My speech was filmed and the audio recorded separately, which proved to be a good thing as after 15 minutes of recording me my extreme beauty made the camera stop working. The audio is good so we will also make that available.
We finished off the formal section of the Conference with some people giving short presentations on various topics, one was on a recent trip to Europe where we were told that Melbourne was much worse than Munich, sad but I can't say that I was surprised. We then had the most controversial moment of the Conference when an attendee said he was in favour of a big Australia. It was a reminder to me that we each still carry Liberal ideas inside of us and often we don't know it.
The Conference ended and everybody had some time to socialise with each other and to have a drink and relax. We then walked a few blocks to a Greek restaurant where we had our banquet. More socialising, great food and some good ideas came out of the night. Overall I'm very happy with the Conference, the attendees were great, really good quality people, people who I'm happy are on our side. The talks were first rate with a wide range of topics and good questions during the question and answer periods.
If you were there you know what I'm talking about and if you weren't I encourage you to attend a Conference near you.
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