I had a good chat today with Brent Bultitude at 2HD about our campaign to ‘Save Australia Day’.

Like most Australians, I love our national day. I can’t understand why anyone would be saying nationalism is a bad thing. It’s not a dirty word!

Listen to the podcast here >>

You can read my column on ‘Saving Australia Day’ on our website here >> https://nsw.onenation.org.au/saving-australia-day/

One of the strange things about politics today is the attempt by Left-wing activists to demonise ‘nationalism’.

For normal people, loving one’s country is a natural feeling. It gives them a sense of belonging, the comfort of having a clear national identity.

Most Australians are proud of our country’s achievements. For many decades, this was the unifying purpose of Australia Day: celebrating the greatness of our nation and the Western civilisation that arrived here on 26 January 1788.

We know Australia is a wonderful place because so many people from overseas want to come here (often by any means possible).

But in recent years, the Green-Left has tried to turn Australia Day into a day of division. They want to ‘change the date’ or even abandon the celebrations altogether.

The Australia-haters have come from within. They want to make us feel guilty about our love of country and ashamed of our national day.

As Melbourne’s Tarneen Onus-Williams screamed at a protest rally on January 26 last year, “F— Australia, hope it f—ing burns to the ground”.

Hatred of this kind is underpinned by hypocrisy. The Left say they support policies like public education and Medicare, but these services are only available in Australia because of the civilisation that arrived here in 1788.

It’s not a statement of supremacy but rather, an undeniable reality to acknowledge the sophisticated technologies of the West – the housing, the architecture, the engineering, the transport and information systems that have benefited so many Australians.

This in itself is worth celebrating.

Opinion polling has shown that over 70 per cent of people support Australia Day on its traditional date.

They feel no guilt for who we are, no direct responsibility for 19th century mistakes towards Indigenous Australians.
Sensible people know you cannot rewrite history; you can only learn from it.

Australia was not invaded – it was settled.

The Left rely on two big lies in attacking Australia Day. First, that 26 January 1788 was ‘Invasion Day’.

Yet there was no warfare, no organised military resistance. The First Fleet came here with convicts in chains, under guard; it was not an invasion force.

The second lie the Left peddle is that Australia Day is a recent invention and can easily be changed. In fact, the early settlers celebrated each anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival and on 26 January 1818, Governor Macquarie made it a public holiday.

The challenge for modern citizenship is to reconcile the various loyalties we feel in a more complex, interconnected world: the way in which we identify with our local community, the nation we love and the ideals of good international citizenship.

These loyalties need not be in conflict. They can easily coexist.

In political debate, only the Green-Left argues that one form of identity is superior to all others. They want a world of open borders and the mass movement of people, a world in which ‘globalism’ triumphs and the nation-state fades away.

That’s why they attack nationalism so belligerently and try to belittle Australia Day.

What the protestors don’t seem to understand is that 26 January is much more than a party day. Sure, we celebrate Australia’s many achievements, but it’s also a time for reflecting on Australian history and adding to Indigenous reconciliation.

The strong character and role of Captain Arthur Phillip should always be remembered. He brought the First Fleet from the other side of the world and settled it in a harsh and difficult place. Along with great men like Macquarie, he helped turn a penal colony into a civilisation.

If not for 1788 Australia would have remained technologically stagnant.
Historians have highlighted that up to about the year 1700 Aborigines enjoyed a quality of life comparable to the average farming person in Europe.

However, with the inventions of the Industrial Revolution, Europe quickly raced ahead while Indigenous Australia was left behind, a victim of distance and isolation.

Aboriginal society had not invented the wheel or a written language. It was made up of 300 often-warring nomadic tribes.

Without European settlement, no Aboriginal person would ever have accessed decent housing, healthcare or education.

The challenge now is to make these opportunities universal, so that every Indigenous Australian enjoys a ‘fair go’.

While better policies are needed, no one can say that past efforts have been perfunctory. Today, for every dollar of spending on a non-Indigenous Australian, our governments spend two dollars on Aboriginal welfare – not the work of a heartless country.

Ultimately the Leftists attacking Australia Day cannot even agree on an alternative date.

It would be strange indeed to leave this issue in the hands of people who don’t even like Australia and the things we stand for.

Maybe the Green Left needs to forget about Australia Day and concentrate instead on creating a holiday that reflects their unique interests in life.

An International-Tree-Hugging-Solar-Worshipping-People-Smuggling-Sex Changing-LGBTIQWTF Day is more their thing.

Good piece in The Western Weekender about my trip to Penrith:

“I’ve looked at a lot of the policy areas in NSW and the reality is that Labor and Liberal are very similar,” Mr Latham told the Weekender.

“What we’re offering is an alternative for people to solve problems in a commonsense way, to cut the immigration program, to end over-development and to have a more sustainable and appealing lifestyle in western Sydney.”

Read the article in full here.

You can read NSW One Nation policies in full here >> https://nsw.onenation.org.au/policies/

I had a great chat with George and Paul on 2GB. We talked about the good old-fashioned fun of the Elvis festival in Parkes, plus the more serious issue of Sydney becoming unliveable.

The current rate of growth is unsustainable – no one voted for this urban sprawl.

People vote on results. No wonder people are unhappy with the Berejiklian government.

You can read NSW One Nation’s policy plan ‘Saving Sydney’ here >> https://nsw.onenation.org.au/policies/saving-sydney/

Another good piece from today’s travels. Central Western Daily – on Elvis, capes and the Dastyari curse:

“Mark Latham, a self-confessed “old fading rocker and Elvis fan” with a political career full of hits and misses, rocked into Orange on Friday.

“Mr Latham, now the NSW leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party, is standing for the upper house in the March state election.

“He was on his way to Parkes for the Elvis festival where he said he would be shopping for an Elvis cape to wear rather than the full body suit.

“I thought about this but then I realised a couple of years ago the last politician to go full Elvis kit, the full body suit and wig at Parkes, was [former senator] Sam Dastyari. I’m afraid that didn’t end very well, so based on the Dastyari curse I might limit myself to an Elvis cape,” he said…”

Read the full article here.

Statement by Mark Latham, NSW One Nation Leader

NSW Government planning documents reveal an impending population increase of 2 million people in Western Sydney, yet no commitment or funding allocation for a new public hospital.

In October the Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, admitted that, “The State Government is laying the foundations for the development of a new city around (Badgerys Creek) Airport (the Aerotropolis) that when completed will be larger than Adelaide.”

Adelaide has a population of 1.3 million people. Combined with existing land and housing development in places like Oran Park, the total population increase in the Penrith-to-Camden corridor will be 2 million.

Amazingly, given the scale of urban development, the Berejiklian Government has not announced any plan for a new hospital to service this vast number of people.

The closest it has come is at page 48 of its Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis document, which talks of how: “NSW Health is investigating a site for an integrated health facility within the Aerotropolis in a metropolitan or strategic centre location supported by public transport. This could serve up to 250,000 people from around the Western Parkland City.”

Most likely, the ‘integrated health facility’ will be a series of primary care clinics. In any case, in meeting the needs of 250,000 people, it is still 1.75 million short in its servicing capacity for the surrounding population.

The Penrith/Camden corridor urgently needs State Government funding and site allocation for a new public hospital. Otherwise the strain on existing hospitals at Nepean, Liverpool, Campbelltown and Camden will be untenable.

Many people in the growth corridor will have lengthy travelling times to reach these other hospitals, which are already over-crowded and under-resourced.

The new hospital near Badgerys Creek must also have a large, high-quality peadiatric unit, in recognition of how this part of Western Sydney is becoming the youth capital of Australia.

One Nation recommends an early down payment on the hospital’s funding by abandoning the proposed Powerhouse Museum relocation to Parramatta, estimated to cost $1.1 billion.

It’s an insult to Western Sydney and our young families to think that museum facilities are more important to the region than a new hospital in and around Badgerys Creek specialising in paediatric care.

Both Labor and the Liberals are committed to spending huge amounts of public money on arts facilities in Parramatta when the overwhelming priority for the region should be hospital facilities to cope with the Penrith/Camden population explosion.

This is our age-long battle in Western Sydney: to provide essential services before the people move in.

I will fight as hard as possible to correct this latest planning atrocity in our region.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation also has a policy of cutting Australia’s permanent immigration program by two-thirds, to take these population pressures off Western Sydney in the first place.

Former Labor leader turned One Nation candidate Mark Latham has come out swinging on his first campaign pitch, accusing the NSW Berejiklian government of turning Sydney into a huge “unliveable construction site” ringed by “alien” residential towers.

Kicking off his campaign for the NSW election on March 23, Mr Latham was back at his favourite stomping ground yesterday: Sydney’s sprawling outer west.

Ten degrees hotter than the rest of Sydney and 60km from the nearest beach, the outer west has been earmarked as the site for Sydney’s new “purpose-built” city, Aerotropolis, and the city’s second international airport.

Read the full article here >> https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/mark-latham-rails-against-unliveable-sydney/news-story/b5dcbc396b399530ddc48ae5b0c88e7e

I had a good chat with Steve Price (filling in for Alan Jones) on 2GB breakfast this morning. We talked about David Leyonhjelm quitting the Senate to contest the NSW state election.

It’s important to put alternatives out there. I’ve looked closely at Labor and Liberal policies at state level, a lot of them are identical, a lot of them have failed.

Plus, it’s important to fight for freedom – but you can also take freedom too far and it becomes anarchy.

Listen here >> https://www.2gb.com/david-leyonhjelm-to-quit-the-senate-an…/

I talked about NSW One Nation policy which would tackle congestion in Sydney.

Read detailed policies on our website here >> https://nsw.onenation.org.au/policies/saving-sydney/