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FEDERAL SENATOR DAVID Leyonhjelm says he will support any action to overthrow Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
“The Coalition should be doing more to destabilise the Mugabe regime by any means necessary,” says Senator Leyonhjelm.
“Whether it be through diplomatic channels or with the SAS and JDAMS – I don’t really care,”
Senator Leyonhjelm dramatically left the Liberal Party in 1996 after the Howard government clamped down hard on gun legislation after the Port Arthur massacre. Last year, he was elected to the upper house were he represents the Liberal Democrat Party – the first libertarian senator in Australia’s history.
However, some pundits have questioned whether directly targeting the president of another country for assassination really falls in line with the principles of libertarianism. According to UNSW Professor of Political Science, Ray Shelvich, the motifs and themes of libertarianism do, in fact, support what Senator Leyonhjelm is proposing to do.
“The weird thing about libertarianism is that it’s a school of thought that fosters anarchy,” says Professor Shelvich.
“So by the same token, if the Senator wants Robert Mugabe killed, he’s perfectly entitled to feel that way – under his own school of though.”
Earlier this week, Senator Leyonhjelm made it very clear to journalists how he felt on the matter.
“My policy when dealing with these kinds of people is always the way of the gun,”
“I’m not afraid to speak my mind on these matters,”