The Labor, Green, Liberal and National Parties have failed Australia over the past decade. Unfortunately, this policy failure has been particularly damaging in NSW, the largest state.
Sydney is bursting at the seams, with over-population, urban sprawl, congestion, inadequate services and unaffordable housing because the four dominant parties, Labor/Greens/Liberal/National, have supported Big Australia immigration numbers.
Power prices have skyrocketed in NSW as the four parties have gone down the path of increased reliance on renewables. Nominal retail electricity prices have more than doubled over the past decade (with a 130 per cent increase in Sydney).
Our schools have fallen down the international league table of results, behind even Third World nations like Kazakhstan. The Labor/Greens/Liberal/National Parties have had the wrong policy approach, running down the quality of the teaching profession and abandoning decent standards of curriculum rigour and testing.
NSW politics is dominated by PC-language control and identity politics, subdividing our society on the basis of race, gender and sexuality. As former ALP Leader Luke Foley found out, Labor MPs are not allowed to say the words ‘white flight’, even though this is an accurate description of how Sydney residents are responding to ethnic enclaves, including in Foley’s own seat of Auburn. The Berejiklian Government has also embraced divisive identity politics, abandoning recruitment policies based on merit (hiring the best person for the job) in vital public safety services such as the fire brigade, police force and train drivers.
The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian claims that under her government, NSW is leading the country. It is: in the wrong direction. There is no clear policy difference between Labor, the Greens, Liberals and Nationals on the policy issues taking the State backwards. Labor has become a Lite-Green party, while the Liberals/Nationals have become Labor-Lite.
In this term of parliament, the Coalition Government even did the work of the Greens for them: trying to close down the greyhound industry and put working people in the poor house.
Sydney is over-crowded. Regional NSW is under-serviced. And Country NSW is under pressure, ripped apart by a drought everyone saw coming, except the Berejiklian Government.
After September’s Wagga Wagga by-election, suffering a 29 per cent swing, the Government’s response wasn’t to change their policies. It was to change their clothes—proving how out-of-touch they had become. The Deputy Premier John Barilaro said that instead of wearing suits, Ministers should wear jeans.
For too long, the major parties have put machine and factional politics ahead of the public interest. In the past decade, NSW has had six different Premiers, while Canberra has changed Prime Ministers five times. This instability has meant that major policy issues have been left unresolved. Problems have accumulated, without the leadership to solve them.
After the long period of corrupt, incompetent Labor Government (1995–2011), NSW has had three Premiers from the Left-wing of the Liberal Party, products of the notorious Photios machine: O’Farrell, Baird and Berejiklian. There is a huge policy backlog in moving the agenda away from these elites and back into line with practical, mainstream thinking.
New South Wales needs a change in direction. New policies to solve longstanding problems. A return to common sense in government. A new force in State Parliament to shake up the major parties.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation offers this fresh approach. Pauline Hanson is Australia’s most outspoken, authentic and practical politician, someone interested in results for people, not outdated ideology. She will play a very prominent role in the forthcoming NSW campaign.
Our NSW One Nation Leader, Mark Latham, has re-entered politics because he has seen the damage the major parties have caused since 2007. He believes the best of our country’s values and ideals—free speech, merit selection and the fair go—are at risk from Left-wing PC and identity politics. He strongly opposes this attack on our culture, our country and our civilisation.
Mark is concerned at how the Left’s introduction of skin colour and other forms of identity into public debate has divided Australia. The rise of anti-white racism and false narratives about ‘white male privilege’ are destroying social capital and cohesiveness. The Left has made a huge error in introducing new forms of discrimination supposedly to combat old forms of discrimination.
84 per cent of Australians are white.
42 per cent of Australians are white males.
40 per cent of Australians are straight white males.
What sort of nutty ‘social justice’ strategy creates new forms of bias and demonisation against 40 per cent of the population in the name of ‘diversity and inclusion’? Mark Latham identified the folly of this approach 20 years ago in his book, Civilising Global Capital. His approach to social fairness hasn’t changed, but Left-of-Centre politics has changed in disastrous ways.
Having lived in Western Sydney for over 50 years, Mark despairs at the way in which the metropolitan area has been over-run by congestion, making it dysfunctional for commuters and families. He wants to restore Sydney’s potential as a great liveable city.
As a lifelong supporter of public education, he also wants to turn around the worrying decline in NSW schools standards, giving our young people better opportunities for the future. In a competitive international economic environment, the major parties have betrayed the next generation by failing to provide the skills and academic attainment needed for a successful life.
These are the reasons Mark Latham is leading the One Nation ticket for the NSW Legislative Council election on 23 March 2019. He has the experience, insights and drive to make a positive difference for the State he loves.