One Nation Senator Brian Burston: Maiden Speech. This new Senator from NSW had some interesting things to say, a bit different to the usual globalist PC stuff from the main parties. Quite non-PC, articulating well a point of view now suppressed.
On Australia’s first nation and multiculturalism:
How things have changed since the 1950s and 1960s. Back then we were poor but we knew implicitly that Australia belonged to us — though the ‘us’ was not at the forefront of our minds most of the time. We, the people, were casually united. Despite that Australian casualness, we were truly a nation state, with all the social benefits that flow from that rare condition.
Most states are too diverse to be gently united. Now, in Australia, ethnic and religious identities are at the forefront of politics, part of an aggressive multiculturalism.
It seems that every group pride is promoted in the media and schools except ours, the nation’s. The ABC long ago abandoned any semblance of patriotism, or even balance. Other taxpayer-funded media — SBS and NITV — serve immigrants and Indigenous Australians.
The national flag is often ignored or dishonoured in schools, while multiculturalism and Indigenous issues are now part of the curriculum. The majority of students are not supported in their Anglo-Australian identity but are made to feel guilty for supposed historical injustices committed by their ancestors.
The acknowledgment of country ceremony, recited in school assemblies across Australia, finds no place of honour for the British and other European explorers and pioneers or the nation they created.
That first nation founded the Commonwealth and served the country in two world wars. Our nation is still at the heart of Australia’s economy, culture and identity but is routinely dishonoured in schools and the media. Soon that injustice could be thrust into our Constitution, if the referendum on constitutional recognition succeeds.
The political establishment has abandoned the nation in favour of any minority it can find. As a result, both major parties are in long-term decline. … [Voters] are disconnected with the lack of political choices and the worsening conditions evident in their neighbourhoods and reported in the evening news. The majority have rights too. Australians have a legitimate interest in retaining their nation’s identity and the cohesion it brings.
Our political class — and that includes the educational and media establishments — is too often hostile to ordinary Australians, to the people whose ancestors forged this nation. …
It is understandable that children from all backgrounds should have their identities, their ancestors, affirmed. But Australia’s majority has the same need. … If school assemblies are to acknowledge the first peoples and the role of recent immigrants, they should also acknowledge Australia’s first nation and its origins in Britain and Europe. …
The ABC is at the forefront of political correctness in Australia:
A further example of elite contempt for ordinary Australians is public broadcasting. The cultural Marxist takeover of the ABC began in the late 1960s when Allan Ashbolt stacked the current affairs department. Ashbolt introduced the radical critique of mainstream Australia that had become fashionable in university departments of humanities and social science. Almost 50 years later, there is not one conservative program or anchor on the ABC — not one, in a billion-dollar enterprise.
The ABC’s oppositional stance to traditional Australia has grown to include … SBS… and the National Indigenous Television network, NITV … All three broadcasters are biased against mainstream Australia. They distort Australian political culture and support aggressive political multiculturalism. The systemic bias of public broadcasting is one of the clearest manifestations of a hostile cultural establishment. This bias has been known for decades but the conservative side of mainstream politics has failed to correct the situation. The time for complaint and diagnosis is over. It is time for the nation to break the bias of public broadcasting before that bias breaks the nation.
The Productivity Commission estimates that each parent visa holder costs taxpayers $335,000 to $410,000 in government services over their remaining lifetime. Imagine the infrastructure that could be built or maintained with the money spent on 18,500 refugees who are to be forced on the nation every year by our establishment parties. Experience tells us that many of these refugees will be unemployed for extended periods, as will their children, and impact negatively on our society. How can this be portrayed as a humanitarian gesture when it takes funding away from needy Australians and undermines social harmony?
Australia’s refugee intake is so large that it surpasses many countries’ immigration programs. Nevertheless, we do not select the intake for employability or cultural compatibility. The result is too often havoc in Australian society: carjackings, home invasions, flash riots and drive-by shootings. And, of course, when citizens object, there are endless complaints under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, administered by the ethnocentric Human Rights Commission. The refugee intake should be subject to the same basic criteria applied to immigrants, otherwise we continue to wound our own society. …
It is the government’s duty to discriminate at the borders to ensure that newcomers are compatible. External discrimination reduces the need for citizens to discriminate internally — for example, in choosing where to live and which schools to send their children to. That preserves domestic peace.
This bloke has much promise.
hat-tip David Archibald