Mark Latham’s Maiden Speech to the NSW Parliament

Maiden Speech to the NSW Parliament, by Mark Latham. David Archibald has kindly found the entire text of Mark Latham’s speech. “Cogent and coherent” he says. We covered this yesterday, briefly, but the entire speech is worth a read (at the link) or listen.

Some more excerpts:

Like so many parts of our politics that have changed quickly in recent times, there are voices here who do not believe in the virtues of the West, who do not acknowledge the nation-building achievements of our culture and our country.

It’s like a scene from The Life of Brian, a case of: What has Western civilisation done for us?

Only advanced healthcare and education; architecture, engineering, information technology, free speech and the rule of law.

In fact: this chamber, this parliament, in this city, all our public institutions and the material comforts we take for granted — none of them could exist without the greatness of the West.

Without the advances that began with the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution and continue to this day.

Yet still, among the Leftist elites, among the social engineers and cultural dietians, sneering at our civilisation and its achievements has become their new pastime.

They preach diversity but practice a suffocating cultural conformity, wanting everyone to be just like them.

They argue for inclusion but as soon as a Christian, a conservative, a libertarian, a nationalist, a working class larrikin, an outsider from the vast suburbs and regions of our nation disagrees with them, they crank up their PC-outrage machine to exclude them from society.

They are tolerant of everything except dissenting values and opinions — meaning, of course, they are tolerant of nothing that matters, only themselves.

This is the Leftist curse through the ages: the recurring history of those who so badly crave control over others, they lose control over themselves.

In their lust for authority, they lose their respect for the rights of others.

Like a scene from Orwell’s Animal Farm, the Green-Labor-Left has become the thing it originally opposed: elitist, would-be dictators taking away from working class communities the things these battlers value …

The New Left are the new primitives of our time: junking the importance of evidence, of recorded history, of biological science, to pretend that all parts of our lives (especially race, gender and sexuality) can be fluid, that everything we know and feel around us is, in fact, ‘socially constructed’.

Mr President, they’re peddling Fake News.

Transgender is the latest issue with which to control society:

We shouldn’t be changing the purpose of our education system: transforming schools from places of skill and academic attainment into gender fluidity factories.

Most of all, we shouldn’t be losing sight of the interests of mainstream, majority Australia.

In the last national census, for instance, 13 hundred Australians identified as transgender. But to listen to the political and media coverage of this issue, you would think there were 13 million. …

Political correctness:

Sometimes we laugh at the absurdity of political correctness but at its core, it’s an insidious movement, a handbrake on liberty.

If you control someone’s language, you control a big part of their lives: how they interact with others, how they communicate in society, their feeling of belonging.

Like every other Australian, I own my own words, I know what I mean by them.

Like so many Australians, I refuse to allow my words to be controlled by strangers: by the elites with their confected outrage and PC-censorship. …

The new serfdom:

The Folau case exposes the new serfdom in the Australian workplace: how big companies, the corporate PC-elites are wanting to control all aspects of their employees’ lives — their religious and political views, how they speak and think, how they behave, even in their own time away from the workplace. …

Identity politics:

People are born a certain way and shouldn’t be judged by the things in life they can’t change.

To do so is to practice the poison of identity politics.

It’s become the great obsession of Leftists everywhere; even though for normal people, it’s not the way in which they live their lives. …

Mr President, Identity politics is a zero-sum game.

It uses employment quotas and other forms of institutionalised bias to favour one hand-picked identity grouping over another, regardless of personal need.

This causes enormous resentment among those who miss out because they have the wrong skin colour, the wrong gender, the wrong sexuality — things they can do nothing about.

Divisive identity politics subdivides our society, destroying its sense of common good.

And it leaves the Rainbow Left impotent: they have no solution for the white welfare dependent man in a public housing estate. …

Mr President, I have studied these things all my adult life and I come to this chamber convinced there is only one way of running a fair society and that’s through merit.

The best person for the job must get the job, regardless of race, gender and sexuality.

hat-tip David Archibald