The Discernable Interviews

Making a new Australian state: REXIT with Tim Quilty MP, Classical Liberalism and Negative Rights vs Positive Rights

1 Hour 5 Minutes

Tim Quilty MP is the Member for Northern Victoria in the Legislative Council. He joined me for a live watch party of Acting Premier Dan Merlino’s lockdown 4.0 announcement for Melbourne.

Throughout this interview Tim advocated for the creation of a new state in the Federation of Australia – ‘Murray’ which is to be comprised of regional VIC and regional NSW.

The plan is being called ‘Rexit’ for ‘Regional Exit’ and arose after regional populations felt that state governments are increasingly urban-centric which causes a collapse of regional centres.

0:26 Victoria’s Lockdown 4.0
3:43 Border closures and how rural communities are affected
6:35 Learning to live with Covid-19
9:25 What is Rexit?
12:18 How to create this new state
17:08 Timeline for Rexit
18:45 Irrigation along the Murray River
25:50 ‘Flyover states’
27:43 Raising country speed limits to 140kmh
29:25 Negative Rights vs Positive Rights
34:46 Does Tim like being a politician?
37:53 The alcohol culture in parliament
40:15 Sci-fi and Tim’s favourites
44:45 LDP putting forward new bill to limit SOE powers
47:10 Penalties for breaches of the SOE powers
50:33 Why put up a bill if it is going to lose?
51:08 How to support the new LDP Bill to limit SOE powers
53:28 What are the crossbenchers like behind the scenes?
56:07 Is Classical Liberalism dying in Australia?
58:20 Urbanised populations love regulation
1:00:35 What is the strongest argument against Rexit?
1:02:35 Suburban house prices vs regional house prices
1:04:03 What would Tim do with a magic wand?