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Former Minister believes we are a monocultural country; we are all Australians.



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PETER CAVE: Within hours of the extent of Pauline Hanson’s success in the Queensland elections at the weekend becoming apparent, delegates at the New South Wales National Party Conference at Orange, west of Sydney, were queuing up to claim her controversial racial views as their own.  Steve Chase reports.

 

STEVE CHASE:  New South Wales goes to a State election next March and already the Liberal and National parties are split over the allocation of preferences to One Nation, so interest in the Queensland result was high.  Early on Sunday morning when the conference resumed, four New South Wales Federal MPs, including former Minister, John Sharp, took to the stage to answer any questions delegates might have.  Fred Selwood(?), from Orange, was quick to his feet.

 

FRED SELWOOD:  And I’m quite convinced that if we don’t follow some of that pattern and become a One Nation party, that we will not poll in this State or any other State in Australia sufficiently to be able to do anything about it.

 

Now, first and foremost, to be a level playing field - and this is not racist - why should an Aboriginal colony of this country draw at least $100 a week more in social welfare than our own local poor people?

 

We go over to our other ethnic people that are coming in.  I think if we let Chinese, Vietnamese, whatever they might be into this country, when they become nationalised, there should be a mark on the bottom of that nationalisation certificate to say should they create or commit a crime of a substantial weight, then they should be deported and lose their citizenship.

 

STEVE CHASE: There was no place to hide for the MPs, and led by Senator Sandy Macdonald, they acknowledged the big problems faced by the Nationals in countering One Nation in the bush.

 

SANDY MACDONALD:  And I’ve seen this all my life.  I mean, in the shearing shed, we’ve all seen it.  We see a black fella and a white fella.  They work all day together, hard, in the shearing shed.  They go home at night.  They live in identical houses in Quirindi.  But as you said, one bloke’s children get assistance at the tuck shop and assistance when the kids go away on the school excursion.  Australians hate that.

 

STEVE CHASE: But it was former Transport Minister, John Sharp, who won’t be contesting the next Federal election who gave delegates a frank summary of his views, particularly on the debate over whether Australia is or should be a multicultural society.

 

JOHN SHARP: One of the things that really grates on my nerves is saying that Australia is a multicultural country.

 

UNIDENTIFIED: Hear!  Hear!

 

JOHN SHARP: In my view, Australia is a monoculture country.  We’re all Australians;  we’re all Australians.  You don’t hear Americans saying ‘We’re Hispanics’ and ‘We’re Italian’ and ‘We’re Irish’.  They say ‘We’re Americans’.  We are all Australians.  We have a monoculture country and we have lots of different ethnic backgrounds that make up that country.  So we should be not a multicultural country;  we should be a monoculture country.

 

PETER CAVE: The former Federal Transport Minister, John Sharp.