Today Mark Latham is releasing a draft Religious Freedom and Equality Bill for community-wide consultation.

Based on the recommendations of the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review, specifically, that “NSW and SA should amend their anti-discrimination laws to render it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a person’s religious belief or activity, including on the basis that a person does not hold a religious belief’’.

The purpose of the Bill is to extend anti-discrimination protections in NSW beyond existing categories of citizenship (gender, sexuality, race, disability, etc.) to people of religious faith.

The draft Bill unashamedly puts the interests of personal/worker freedom ahead of corporate finance.

Regarding the Folau case, it should be noted that, as a NSW resident, he had two potential triggers for an unfair dismissal claim under the Federal Fair Work Act: if the NSW Parliament had outlawed religious discrimination; and an ILO Convention dealing with religious discrimination. He had to rely on the second trigger as the first was unavailable to him (to be corrected via this Bill).

A key issue in this area of law is the tension between Liberty and Equality. How do we reconcile the freedom to practice religious beliefs with the equality of all citizens in accessing socially available services and facilities?

The international human rights law is clear: religious freedom cannot be extinguished merely because of a clash with equality. Where there is inequality, decision-makers need to limit any incursion upon religious freedom to that which is necessary and proportionate – that is, the minimum degree of interference that might balance Liberty and Equality.

One of the ways courts have limited religious freedom claims is to deny that the claim is religious in nature, substituting their own views for those of the religious believer. The draft Bill guards against judicial activism of this kind.

In its opening statement of Principles, it refers to the Minister, Board, President and NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (when dealing with the Liberty v Equality question) to the well-established Siracusa Principles used in interpreting the limitation provisions of the ICCPR. This reflects a key recommendation of the Ruddock Review for assessing “whether a law limiting the operation of freedom of religion or other rights is unduly burdensome”.  An alternative, more explicit approach would be to write the Siracusa Principles into the Act.

A copy of the bill and explanatory notes are embedded below.

Religious Freedom and Equality Bill 2019


Explanatory Notes


Public Feedback

The Bill’s Exhibition Draft is open for public comment (up to COB, Friday 1 November 2019) by writing to Mark Latham MLC at:

NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Or emailing:

Aussie families are paying more for their everyday goods because of excessive port charges imposed on truckies.

Hard-working truckies already doing it tough financially are now being hit with unfair port surcharges.

This is clearly an example of price gouging, with truckies being slugged financially simply for presenting their vehicle at the port.

It’s time multi-national stevedoring companies stopped using Aussie truckies as ATMs.

The NSW Government continues to sit back and let the big stevedore companies fleece local truck operators.

Truckies deserve a break from escalating port surcharges. So why won’t the Government act? 

Port charges have risen by 89%, without justification, without consultation. This is hurting the competitiveness of our exports, costing NSW jobs and income.

Multi-national stevedore companies must end the practice of outrageous port surcharges being imposed on NSW truckies.

And the State Government must stamp out this rip-off. If elected to NSW parliament on 23 March, NSW One Nation (led by Mark Latham) will do everything it can to get a better deal for our trucking industry and the great people working in it.

A Vote for Helen Dalton is a Vote for Labor

Statement by Mark Latham, NSW One Nation Leader

10 March 2019

The Shooters’ candidate for Murray, Helen Dalton, is trying to deceive voters in the electorate.

She has pledged to support a Michael Daley Labor Government in a hung NSW Parliament. This is in return for receiving Labor preferences.

Yet in past elections 80 percent of people in Murray have voted against the Labor Party. They don’t want Daley to be the Premier with his green environmental policies.

Dalton is set to become the Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott of NSW politics: representing a very conservative seat yet backing the Labor Party into government.

In The Australian newspaper on Friday the Shooters all but declared victory in Murray, leaking that their “internal polling shows the primary vote of the Shooters in (Murray) is in the high 20s and the Nationals in the low 30s. With Labor preferences expected to go straight to the Shooters”, they expect to win.

Dalton is only receiving Labor preferences because she will support a Labor Government in what is expected to be a hung NSW Parliament.

Dalton is backing Labor’s agenda for green water policies, an Indigenous Treaty, gender fluidity in schools and a zero-carbon NSW economy. This means the destruction of industry and jobs in Murray.

Our One Nation candidate Tom Weyrich is independent of the Labor Party. He will never support a Labor Government wanting to legislate for a zero carbon NSW economy, with its industry and job destroying impact on this electorate.

He will never support a Labor Government in bed with The Greens supplying less water for farmers. He will fight hard for the people of Murray, implementing his policies for more water, more timber jobs and more hospital funding

STATEMENT: Candidate announcement

One Nation today announces our candidate for the seat of Kogarah, Phillip Pollard.

Phillip has lived in the area for most of his life and is well aware of the issues within the Kogarah electorate.

Phillip is a retired lithographic printer. He also has over 35 years experience in the Australian Army raising to Warrant Rank.

His policy focus includes:

  1. Over population –  we’re over full, this is evident with the amount of high rises going up in Sydney, the lack of space on public transport and congestion on our roads.
  2. Return to the use of government building inspectors and the return older NSW building standards (not imported standards that continually fail).
  3. Lack of water not only for the farmers but also for Sydney.

Legislative Assembly Candidate

Mark Preston was born and raised in Newcastle and moved to Sydney to pursue his career. Mark’s career includes an untarnished 25 years with Fire & Rescue NSW (formerly NSW Fire Brigades) including three years as a retained fireman in Raymond Terrace-Newcastle. He also spent two years with Ambulance NSW.

Mark’s career now involves Facilities Management in Aged Care, as well as running a small business for the last 10 years serving St George & Sutherland Shire. Mark has also been a Volunteer with the NSW State Emergency Service. In giving so much to the community, Mark has been a recipient of NSW Awards for Service & Commendation, NSW Premiers Award for Service 1994 Sydney Fire Emergency, National Service Medal & Clasps for 15-20-25years Service, and the NSW Fire Brigades LSGC Medal. Since leaving School Mark has given to community either paid or as a volunteer, some 32 years.

Mark’s passionate about his community and his Country, and lives by the ‘fair go’ motto: “A hard day’s work never hurts anyone”.

Mark is concerned about our natural resources and the mismanagement of our natural waterways. He also cares about our native animals and their habitats. Mark has predominantly lived in the Oatley and St George area since coming to Sydney. He’s passionate about preserving its heritage, serenity and ensuring tall towers of units don’t creep in. Mark wants to ensure State owned infrastructure is kept by the State and stop privatisation.

Issues that Mark will stand for include:

  • Cap developments in Oatley, Mortdale, Penshurst – No High-Rise Units at all.
  • Emergency services to be provided for better (in terms of improved Stations, more efficient vehicles and better pay and conditions).
  • Ensure that we have fairer and lessor road tolls – the cost imposed on families and small businesses is unfair.
  • Preserve our State Parks.
  • Abolish Pay Roll Tax on all Apprentices and Traineeships (businesses should not suffer through employing Apprentices & Trainees).

NSW One Nation today announces Neil Turner as our Lower House candidate for the seat of Maitland. Neil has lived in the Hunter region for nine years and works in the mining industry as a fitter machinist. Neil has engaged in a continuous learning process, has a Diploma of Business and studied draughting. Repairing and building machinery is one of his passions.

Neil says, “I have been a long time supporter of Pauline Hanson and first joined the party in the late nineties. When I heard Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech it really struck a chord. I feel that we have been let down by the major parties and in many ways we could be doing much better. I feel let down that after our Electricity network was privatised and sold off, we now have to pay more for electricity and our manufacturing sector is under more stress with higher costs reducing their competitiveness. I lived in the bush for many years and saw our agricultural sector compete internationally against countries which subsidised their products.

“I see things in my own neighbourhood that can and should be done better. This region is the powerhouse of New South Wales and the finances generated here push forward many projects in the state, however little of those finances are spent here. Vast suburbs are being created with little thought of traffic conjestion. We should be planning more effectively.

“Due to the projected growth of more than 12,000 new dwellings in the next 15 years, the need for more schools and a new hospital should be in the construction phase by now. I believe policies of One Nation do strike a chord with people – and the quicker we get people elected to office the more we can make change happen.

“I would like better ways of dealing with family breakups and the senseless financial costs imposed on people. Plus, getting youth more engaged in social and community activites. I am a fixer and a builder and I would like to bring the brightest minds together, young and old to find innovative ways to bring a great lifestyle and enjoyment to Maitland.”

Michael Byrne For Holsworthy: One Nation Will Build An Extra 3,000 Commuter Car Parking Spaces At Edmondson Park And Leppington Stations

Statement by Mark Latham, NSW One Nation Leader

I am delighted today to announce that the One Nation candidate for the seat of Holsworthy will be Michael Byrne, an experienced community leader and strong fighter for Liverpool.

His work over many decades at the East Liverpool Progress Association has been outstanding. Michael stands up for better government and a fairer deal for local people.

The lack of State Government planning to accommodate rapid population growth in Liverpool has been disgraceful.

This can be seen at Leppington and Edmondson Park railway stations each day. Even though they were opened just four years ago, the lack of commuter parking spaces has produced chaos, overcrowding and unsafe conditions on surrounding streets.

There can be no clearer demonstration of government failure than this basic neglect of sound planning in South-West Sydney.

Given the extra population growth projected at Leppington, west to the Badgerys Creek Airport site, the parking problem is just beginning.

Urgent action is needed to overcome the shortfall. This is why One Nation will use $90 million from its $200 million Commuter Car Parking Fund to build 1,500 extra parking spaces at Edmondson Park and 1,500 at Leppington.

Only One Nation has a fair dinkum policy. Labor has committed to just 300 extra parking spots at Leppington and the Liberals and Labor 700 new spaces at Edmondson Park.

This is nowhere near enough. The combined Labor/Liberal effort is only one-third of what’s needed.

Leppington currently has 850 spaces and under One Nation’s policy it will have 2350. Edmondson Park has a paltry 400 spots now, with One Nation taking this to 1900.

Only Michael Byrne will get the job done, delivering better government and planning for this fast-growing part of Sydney.

I also want to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of local campaigner Michael Andjelkovic and the many people who have signed his petitions calling for extra station parking. Michael has given this issue a profile no decent political party can ignore.