Sometimes it takes a true conservative to do something truly radical.
For example it was no sandal-wearing peacenik who purged Australia of semi-automatic weapons or liberated east Timor – it was John Howard.
Likewise the historic 1967 referendum to finally include Aboriginal Australians in the census, as well as granting the federal government the power to make laws for them, was initiated by the government of Harold Holt.
And the same-sex marriage plebiscite was first flagged by Tony Abbott, despite him having about as much enthusiasm for it as Howard did for a republic.
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