proceedings are now interrupted for the Honorable Mark Latham to speak without any question before the chair before I give the Honorable Mark Latham the call can I take this opportunity on behalf of all honorable members who welcome into my gallery guests of the Honorable Mark Latham including mr. Ellen Jones mr. Ross Cameron and mr. Owen Dean here in the House today for the members speech you can also take this opportunity on behalf of all members to welcome our former colleague who's in the public gallery the Honorable Paul green the Honorable Mark like them Thank You mr. president and I congratulate you on your realization to high office and I note that not far from where you sit some 10 meters from the entrance to this old chamber there's a wonderfully imposing canvas it depicts the decisive moment in Australian history the landing of the first fleet at Sydney Cove on the 26th of January 1788 the great painting by algún until March is called the founding of Australia a founding mark by the arrival of Western civilization on this continent it's an appropriate entrance statement for this place the mother of legislative power and progress in Australia despite attempts by both sides of politics to either abolish it or silence it for nearly two centuries the Legislative Council has by and large being a civilizing force in New South Wales over the years the ALP has expelled more of its MLCs for failing to vote for the council's abolition than a here representing labor today among conservatives George Reed in 1895 dissolved the Parliament on the single issue of Legislative Council obstruction pledging he said to clear the fossils from a rotten and corrupt chamber and he hadn't even met he do be crooks and scoundrels aside this place has been true to tell Marge's painting it is honor the founding principles of our nation that progress is possible through parliamentary debate and deliberation that in the land of hard work and meritocracy every citizen can and should receive a fair go for all its pitfalls and failings the Legislative Council is redeemed itself in wanting to extend the reach of Western civilization and advancement in Australia until now 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 mr. president it's a bit like a scene from the life of brian the case of what is Western civilization ever done for us only advanced healthcare and education architecture engineering information technology free speech in the rule of law in fact this chamber this Parliament this city all our public institutions and the material comforts we take for granted none of them none of them could exist without the greatness of the West without the advances that began with the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution and continued to this day it's still among the leftist elites among the social engineers and the cultural dieticians sneering at our civilization and its achievements has become their new pastime they preach diversity but practice is suffocating cultural conformity wanting everyone to be just like them they argue for inclusion as soon as a Christian a conservative libertarian a nationalist the working-class larrikin an outsider from the vast suburbs and regions of the 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 many of course they're 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 right of others it's a bit like a scene from all Welles 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 that these battlers value the right to speak their mind to say they love their country and they want Australia day to a to practice their Christianity openly and freely to send their children to school without the garbage of safe schools we're at purple days headrest indoctrination and the other crackpot theories making some New South Wales classrooms more like a Hari Krishna meeting than actual education and when they go to work the chance to do their job without being bombarded by employment quotas unconscious bias training and a long list of unspeakable – taboo words you know scary scary stuff like guys and mums and dads the new left are the new primitives of our time joking the importance of evidence have recorded history the biological science to pretend that all parts of our lives especially race gender and sexuality can be fluid that everything we know and feel all around us is in fact socially constructed that's what they say socially constructed well mr. president they're peddling fake news that's fake news we haven't been brainwashed by capitalist hegemony as the post modernist argue people know and understand the things they see and feel in their lives it's called evidence our personal characteristics and identities are fixed not fluid with few exceptions people are born either male or female we shouldn't be confusing young people and risking their mental health by pushing gender fluidity upon them we shouldn't be taking away from parents their essential role as the primary carers of their children in matters personal and sexual 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 most of all mr. president we shouldn't be losing sight of the interests of mainstream majority Australia in the last national census census for instance 1,300 Australians identified as transgender but to listen to the political and media coverage of this issue you'd have to think there were 13 million mr. president everywhere I travel parents and grandparents workers and communities tell me how concerned they are about Australia's direction they ask me what's happened to our country where has this nonsense come from and the answer is clear the leftist project then and now is about control having with the fall of the Berlin Wall lost the struggle for economic control the Left got smarter it shifted from the Cold War to a culture war that moved from pursuing economic Marxism to pushing cultural Marxism instead of trying to socialize the means of production that's now trying to socialize the means of injured individual expression and belief our language our values our behavior instead of seeking revolution at the top of government that's marched instead through our institutions a tactic that's harder to combat the elites have been remarkably successful in this cultural invasion our abiding national traditions of free speech merit selection resilience and love of country are being lost not just in the public sector in schools universities public broadcasters major political parties and government departments but also in large parts of corporate Australia and the commercial media the rest of us the rest of us are the resistance to this national takeover our chief ally is evidence evidence and human nature through the power of reason and enlightenment people want to have their say about the things that are important to them they want free speech they want freedom of religion and belief Australians are a tough yet fair-minded people it comes from our origins in colonial times the things depicted in tel Marg's painting the Australian story and settling a harsh and sometimes hostile continent on the other side of the world is one of the most remarkable in human history leaders like Arthur Phillip and Lachlan Macquarie in little more than a generation turned a penal colony into a civilization building what has now become the best nation on earth it was achieved through resilience and made ship the Australian habit of toughing it out and treating others as equals Jack is as good as he's master it's in our nation to treat people as we find them to judge them on individual merit their work ethic their community contribution this is what makes identity politics subdividing our people on the basis of race gender and sexuality so foreign to the Australian Way just as the old Soviet Union fell over because human nature wanted economic competition and individual wealth and excellence I believe these new mutant strains of social control identity politics and post-modernism will also fail they run contrary to the nature and the evidence of our lives mr. president I ran for Parliament to be part of the fight back for freedom and fairness one nation in New South Wales took 34 detailed policies to the election including a package for human rights reform we believe New South Wales needs new laws protecting freedom of speech especially on university campuses were so much of academic and student freedom has been lost sometimes we laugh with 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 how they have a sense of belonging like every other Australian I owned my own words I know what they mean like so many Australians I refuse to allow my words to be controlled by strangers while the elites were there conflicted outraged and PC censorship in truth in our society offence is taken not given it's a personal choice based on assumptions about what someone meant by their words yet the only person speaking those words truly knows what was meant there's the great John Cleese's pointed out telling a joke about someone doesn't mean we hate them in fact we love the people we joke about we love the Irish the blondes the gays everyone as they've helped to bring humor and joy into our lives the other problem with political correctness is in knowing what's genuine and what's not so much of the offender RT the outraged industry involves the fabrication of a fence saying that their feelings have been hurt solely for the reason of closing down their political political opponents please see as read with these internal contradictions let me give you an example from this Parliament Labour MPs are not allowed to say two words white flight even though they're a truthful expression of what's happening in Western Sydney having been identified by Luke Foley it's a sad day for democracy when MP's can't talk about the evidence in their electorates then last year in the Blue Mountains when Michael Daley launched a wrongheaded attack on Asians with PhDs the two Labour MPs in the room stood mute so the Labour leader who had it right Folie his words can't be repeated while the one who had it wrong went unchecked for months on end go figure go figure the logic of that New South Wales needs freedom of speech laws even for its own MPs and also new laws for the protection of religious freedom mr. president as I'm sure you appreciate many migrants came to Australia to escape religious persecution now they're saying the problems in their home country have followed them here I'm not a Christian but I recognize the vital contribution of Christianity to our civilization it's via social and charitable work it's teaching of right and wrong in civil society it's the president I stand with Israel fallout in his own private time away from his job playing football he's a preacher at his Community Church and naturally he quotes the Bible why wouldn't he quotes the Bible he believes as millions of people who believe for thousands of years that sinners go to hell as per his valid religious faith he loves the sinner that condemns the sin yet for his beliefs his Christianity is now not allowed to play rugby to chase the pigskin around the park how did our state and our nation ever come to this I was on for hours lifts list of sinners more than once actually I dread to look at how many times I was listed by the the posting that he had on social media but if I don't believe in hell there's no way I could take offense those claiming outrage have fabricated their position solely for the purpose of censorship this is not an argument about diversity the Wallabies have no female players they have no disabled they have no elderly no middle-aged they're selected from a tiny fraction of the young fit athletic male population by excluding a committed Christian they're making their game less inclusive and as for our being a role model for young gay men one only needs to state this proposition to understand its absurdity footballers are not role models for anyone other than enjoying their sporting ability I say to any young person if you're looking for guidance and inspiration in life study Churchill Lincoln Reagan and Roosevelt not Todd Carney and by the way that's Ronald Reagan not reg Reagan mr. president I believe that now Australians should live in fear of the words they utter no Australian should be fearful of proclaiming for the most glorious words of our civilization I am a Christian no one should be sacked by their employer for statements of genuine belief and faith that have got nothing to do with their job the full our case exposes the new serfdom in the Australian workplaces would have ever thought it would come to this 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 well away from the workplace it's a stunning intrusion on workers rights yet far from condemning the news surfed and labor and the trade unions have been cheering it on as per our one nation election commitments I'll be moving legislation for the protection of free speech religious freedom and the privacy rights of workers mr. president this fight back for freedom is long overdue as is the fight for fairness I mentioned earlier that for most people identities of race gender and sexuality are fixed people are born a certain way and they shouldn't be judged by the things in life they can't change to do so as to practice practice the poison of identity politics it's become the great obsession of elites everywhere even though for normal people it's not the way in which they live their lives no one wakes up in the morning and thinks I'm male or female on black or white I'm straight or gay they start their day as workers as parents there's family members as community contributors not only is identity politics irrelevant to most people it's a betrayal of social justice and social democracy in the 80s and 90s we were told to look through a person's race gender and sexuality these things were said to be irrelevant to a person's character their work ethic the way in which they care about others there was no need to lump them into broad unrepresentative categories based on the primitive notion of how they look now when I was first elected to the Federal Parliament in 1994 if you'd asked me who typically was the neediest person in my electorate the one I was trying to help as a Labour in PE I would have said a white working-class man living in one of camel downs public housing estates who'd been restructured out of manufacturing work in the 80s and now face the indignity of long term unemployment and welfare dependency our silly of me how a little did I know I'm now told he was an example of white male privilege that the bomber out of his pants was actually a rainbow shot up his backside mr. president international studies have shown that Australia is one of the most racially tolerant and fairest nations on earth through equal pay and employment opportunity laws we've also achieved large slabs of gender equality Australia now has more female than male university graduates lawyers GP doctors vets teachers office managers and public servants when the Prime Minister's Department tested her evidence of unconscious bias in its 2017 beta study of workplace recruitment practices they found that the only type of bias was against white men women and ethnic groups and Aborigines enjoyed favoritism in the workplace this is the truth about Australia and the fair-mindedness of our people mr. president identity politics is a zero-sum game it uses employment quotas and other forms of institutionalized bias to favor one hand-picked identity grouping over another regardless of personal need this causes enormous resentment about from those who miss out because I have the wrong skin color the wrong gender the wrong sexuality things they can do nothing about divisive identity politics that subdivides our society destroying its sense of common good and it leaves the rainbow left impotent they have no solution for that white welfare dependent man living in a public housing estate in fact far from helping in perversely and tragically they define him as part of the problem imagine how he feels and I've spoken to these men imagine how they feels seeing other identity character characteristics gaining special treatment mr. president I've studied these things all my adult life and I come to this chamber convinced there's 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 this is why one nation proposes to abolish employment quotas and other identity forms of discrimination let me say something about identity politics at the other end of the political spectrum when Pauline Hanson approached me to run for one nation I insisted on all discriminatory clauses and policies being purged from the party's platform when this happened we were able to campaign as a pro merit anti-discrimination party in the New South Wales election I'm particularly pleased that the party ran its first Islamic candidate Emma eros in the seat of Hornsby and Emma is with us today in the public gallery in the social media storm that followed some anti Islamic fundamentalist told me they couldn't vote for us as long as a Muslim was representing one nation privately I thought so be it I oppose discrimination in all its forms whether it's the new anti-white racism at the left will the flawed belief of some that all Muslims are evil inspired by the Koran to cut our throats when the Caliphate is called Islam like all religions is diverse in its range and intensity of belief it gains more public attention because at one extreme when it's bad it's barbaric with the horror of radical Islamic terrorism that the other extreme it has some great people such as the Indian Fijian community in southwest Sydney kicked out of India for being Muslim then kicked out of Fiji for working too hard they've come to Australia and set up businesses with a strong work and study ethic I know several of these families and I'm proud to call them friends as I am forever heroes as a party one nation can't go around calling on migrants to integrate yet not support someone like Emma who has a licensed plumber and businesswoman she talks west and dresses with dress western and works hard in western style yet also practices a moderate conservative strand of Islam she's a wonderful example of what multiculturalism should be a seamless blend of the best of our country and her traditional beliefs so mr. president whether we're talking about the extreme left or extreme right of politics the challenge indeed a work in perpetuity is to overcome ignorance for people to cross racial and religious boundaries to get to know each other building a more trusting and cohesive society mr. president the rise of identity politics is coincided with Australia losing control of the scale of its immigration program governments seem to think we owe the rest of the world easy entry into our country when in fact immigration policy should be framed for the benefit of the people who live here now big Australia immigration has flooded the labor market holding down wages it's also flooded the housing market driving up demand and prices thus fueling Sydney's congestion and overdevelopment prices this city cannot continue to grow at a hundred thousand per annum at a severe cost to the environment and residential lifestyle whether someone is a long-standing resident or they recently came to Australia and Sydney were all in the same circumstances crawling along carpark roads standing on crowded trains trying to combat congestion in urban sprawl for a government struggling to build a couple of tram tracks down the Main Street the promise of better planning I've got to say I find it to be a hoax and we know this problem well in Western Sydney for 40 years 40 years in different capacities I've been arguing the jobs and services need to come to our region before the people do it's the reason I got into politics in the first place if anything in this era of high immigration the problem is getting worse none of the lessons of the 70s and 80s have been learned look at the proposed aerotropolis surrounding the Badgerys Creek Airport site the government talks about it like it's a cross between Silicon Valley and Disneyland but it's looming is just another excuse for urban sprawl and under servicing the government says it's building a new city the size of Adelaide with 1.3 million people yet remarkably there are no plans for a new public hospital at the aerotropolis only a so-called integrated health facility servicing less than 20% of the proposed population Adelaide has four public hospitals the aerotropolis none I say to the government fix this problem it's a huge priority for one nation you're creating the youth capital of Australia between Penrith and Camden it needs not only a new public hospital but a specialist Children's Hospital to cope with rapid population growth mr. president earlier I asked earlier I asked where the attacks on our country and our civilisation are coming from and here's the problem I'm not just talking about the usual suspects from the green labor left I'm talking about liberal and national parties that have been paralyzed on these issues that haven't stood up for freedom of speech freedom of religion and meritocracy specifically in this place I'm talking about a coalition government that tried to abolish greyhound racing in New South Wales surrendering surrendering to a belief that animal rights are more important than human rights I'm talking about a national party that under Minister Adrian piccoli allow the monstrosity of postmodernism the fluidity theory to run through the New South Wales school curriculum the Nationals used to believe in the basics of school education sure they're still committed to young people learning the alphabet but it's the LGBTQI WTF version the rot set in under piccoli who amazingly became a mouthpiece for the Teachers Federation he broke the golden rule of sound education policy in this state when the Teachers Federation says something needs to be done do the opposite through a loss of academic standards testing and grading New South Wales school results are going backwards compared to other states and other countries there's no one thing that's gone wrong in the education system what we're experiencing is system failure multiple problems feeding off each other a downward spiral in standards and outcomes teacher quality has collapsed in many government schools to the point where it now resembles Social Work more than academic instruction the curriculum has been infested with ideological content with high school English becoming a tutorial in identity politics student resilience is being lost replaced by a snowflake schooling where only half an excuse is needed to avoid testing and grading useless fads like growth mindsets soft skills and progression points are also clogging up the classroom the all must have prizes mentality is leveling out notions of excellence and effort like the old Soviet Union no matter how students perform they all get the same result and the same recognition in disadvantaged communities a welfare school model has emerged where by teachers pursue pastoral care and student happiness at their pro as their primary goals rather than results and career paths and this welfare school model is a curse the curse on opportunity and access to a better life for so many children in disadvantaged communities and I must say mr. president these developments break my heart one of the best parts of my life was attending Hulse than a Glenfield by far the best school in southwest Sydney until piccoli ripped that office with his harebrained scheme for moving to Richmond the tragedy of declining school results is that they hid the disadvantaged students hardest and I can tell you a good school a good school is a poor kids passport to a better life there's a mountain of work to be done in restoring these opportunities in uplifting the standards of New South Wales education it's all there it's all there in the one nation policy platform and measurement is the key the old adage in public sector management applies what gets what gets measured gets done and in New South Wales schools we measure very little the repair job in education is massive hours of discussion hundreds of questions to be asked than answered scores of policy ideas and reform proposals to be advanced and that's what I'll be doing throughout this tournament Parliament my word I will it's a huge priority to try and fix our schools and restore the quality of opportunity in our society mr. president I'm concerned for the future prosperity of our state there are two clear and present dangers to the New South Wales economy I've mentioned one it's in education the other is energy policy this involves a basic question of responsibility the government and the Parliament has no greater duty of care to the people of New South Wales than to keep the lights on so so our essential services can continue to save lives our households can continue to function and our businesses can continue to grow history shows and common common sense confirms the best way of doing this is through reliable dispatchable baseload power to build the system on top of strong foundations of full time 24/7 power generation on top of which intermittent part-time sources can then play a role when the peak demand hits invariably in summer and accidents hit the system again in summer around the clock base load power is our best insurance policy against blackouts the two ways of achieving this are through nuclear power and or cold fire stations yet across the country nuclear is banned while coal is being run out of the market through the subsidies targets and special deals being offered to renewable energy the Australian energy market operator has said there's an amazing statistic they said that in the decade to 2025 the equivalent of 30% of New South Wales peak electricity demand is being lost in power generation it's being replaced by a patchwork system a series of part-time our sources the effectively or which the effectiveness of which rely heavily on weather and environmental conditions when the sun's not shining there's no solar power when the winds not blowing there's no wind power when the water supply runs short there's no hydro even gas power is limited due to access and pricing issues in New South Wales meaning it's best suited to peaking plants rather than 24/7 baseload these are part-time sources of power yes it may be possible to cobble them together in a way that meets full-time electricity demands but the risk mr. president are high we're talking about a privatized vertel vertically integrated market where normal pricing signals don't apply there are perverse incentives to short the market as we've seen with AGL in terms of green technology there's another leap of faith reliance on the rapid development of battery storage well all I can say is good luck with that for all the PR hoopla about Elon Musk's battery farm in South Australia that has a capacity for meeting the needs of the Tomiko aluminium smelter in the Hunter Valley for just eight minutes in truth the projections for energy production and peak energy consumption in New South Wales are beginning to separate they're separating in the wrong direction the state is losing its energy self-sufficiency the likely tipping point a heightened risk of blackouts will occur in the summer of twenty twenty to twenty three following the closure of Adele as a parliament as representatives our responsibility our duty of care to the people of New South Wales is to make provision now right now for this continuance contingency we have to stop sleepwalking into disaster now mr. president I'm not a climate denier I respect all forms of science but just as much I don't believe in running public policies through the work of zealots and that's what renewables have become a new pagan religion whereby the green left wants to hand over human control of our energy grid to the vagaries of weather through wind and Sun worship we're being asked to change by relying on the weather and that's a high risk contradictory way of planning for the needs of a modern economy now I say there is a place for renewables in the system but it must be supplementary to base load power not the other way around currently the federal later Shadow Minister for energy mark Butler there's promising the Australian people a new era of dispatchable renewable energy just remember those three words dispatchable renewable energy yet when the winds not blowing and the sun's not shining there's nothing to dispatch but we'll end up doing the Minister for blackouts and mr. president our Asian economic competitors must be laughing their heads off Australia is the world's most resource rich nation yet we have some of the world's highest electricity prices and we're shedding generation capacity that would otherwise sustain 30 percent of public demand during the hot summers of the nation's largest state New South Wales in truth should be a global energy superpower with abundant nuclear Coal Fired gas and renewable energy so how can this goal be achieved I have confidence in the new energy minister Matt Kean under his policy leadership it would be wise for the government to pivot away from the renewables fetish and emphasize the importance of energy security and affordability one nation in this chamber offers its cooperation in implementing six vital changes the first upgrading the capacity of our interstate connectors especially into coal rich Queensland secondly bundling up the state's electricity consumption the state government's electricity consumption and contracts put the putting them in one supply contract to be tendered out exclusively for additional coal-fired power abolishing all target subsidies and special deals for renewables leveling the playing field on the production side of the market the fourth reform is to abolish the government's climate change fund which has become a slush fund for projects unrelated to climate change this would cut electricity prices for households and businesses fifthly immediate approval of the santos project at Narrabri to overcome the state's chronic deficiency in gas supply and this no longer a question of environmental or local land use it's a question of keeping the lights on and in the longer term planning for the state lifting the ban on uranium mining and nuclear power as per the deputy premiers policy I can advise the house that yesterday I gave notice of a private member's bill for this purpose and I'm delighted to be doing that deputy premiers policy work for him in lifting the ban on uranium mining and nuclear now mr. president can I just say I've had a fortunate life as a child my parents told me to study hard at school and I did there's a young man I had the honor of being labour mayor of my hometown Liverpool building facilities that should have been built 30 years earlier then I had the opportunity to serve in the House of Representatives doing what very few Australians ever have a chance to do running to run the country at a general election for the past 14 years I've had the greatest joy and responsibility of my life as a home dad as a primary carer giving support and all my love to my wife Janine and our three children Oliver Isaac and Sienna when I left the Federal Parliament in 2005 the words of the former member for bass Warwick Smith echoed in my ears every day you spend away from your children is a day you never get back the days and years with my children have been the best of my life but now they're so much older so much wiser they keep on telling me you know a household discussions about politics there's so much older so much wiser and through them I've seen what the government school system has become so it was time to come here to do something about those issues and others on 23 March among the minor parties on our side of politics three MLCs are elected two from one nation I congratulate my friend and colleague rod Roberts on his election and thank those who made it possible our party leader senator Pauline Hanson a committed patriot who would do anything for our country our highly dedicated New South Wales one nation party officials Mick Jackson and a mid British in particular our candidates our party were kurz and our very good volunteers I especially thank my campaign manager Koren Barry Clough who was magnificent in every respect I also thank Allen Jones who at various times gave me a chance when others wouldn't and I'm delighted to see Allen in the president's gallery along with two outsiders Ross Cameron he's dad served here with great distinction in Rowan Dean Rowan and Ross was supposed to have a long-running TV show but I've loved here instead and hopefully that'll make a good difference to someone along the way you know parliamentary privilege what a beautiful thing how did I ever let it go you know former parliamentary life so Mir Allen very much because no one in Australian public life does more researches or is more thoroughly across his brief and he's a great broadcaster and of course a great fighter for Australia most of all I think the people of New South Wales who've given me a second go at parliamentary service the top of the personal vote below the line at the recent election confirms a special responsibility our supporters are a long way from the center of political power but they hold a powerful belief in what politics should be they are salt of the earth people without a parliamentary or media megaphone of their own so they rely on parties like Pauline Hansen's One Nation to fight for the things they love about their country mr. president for those of us who believe in the virtues of Western civilization who treasured the advances and values of the Enlightenment then look at Talmadge's painting and marvel at its meaning this is the fight of our lives how we thought sir is simple no surrender no surrender in any debate in any institution on any front no surrender in trying to take back our country and that mr. president is why I'm here and what I'm fighting for I thank the house for its courtesies and for listening to my own Maidan address thank you very much [Applause] that's right you you