Nicholas Heading, 21, is a student at La Trobe University studying to be a secondary school teacher. He spoke to my now-defunct politics blog majorMinor about the Australian Protectionist Party, and the urgent need to protect our natural environment and cultural heritage.
Which Australian political party do you support?
I think the key word in regards to the APP is stability. Genuine conservatives like the APP take that which we are certain will work, solutions that have been tried and tested, rather than radical untried measures. This helps achieve stability in a number of areas.
Stability in our economy, with protectionist measures to keep Australia safe from global economic problems, such as those witnessed in 2007/2008.
Stability for Australian jobs, where measures can be taken to stop our industries being sent overseas just because the people at the top want a larger profit margin.
Stability for population and infrastructure so we can continue to maintain high standards of living in Australia for many generations.
In your opinion, what are the key policies that make this party important for Australia?
APP policies would protect the environment and encourage sustainable living, and promote an economy that favours sustainability over uncontrolled growth. They also recognise the need to preserve our culture and heritage, as these are essential in creating cohesive goals, values, and loyalties in any nation.
The APP would also promote the traditional family, this is the backbone of any stable and productive society – a fact proven by history.
Could you discuss the factors that led you to decide against supporting Labor or the Coalition?
I worry that lots of political parties are inadvertently promoting this.
What do you see as the most important political issue/s in Australia today, and why?
The Australian Greens – they have hijacked the environmental cause for their own gain. The Greens insist that they offer the only solution to Australia’s environmental concerns, but they package these solutions with authoritarian socialist economic policies that have always failed when implemented elsewhere. They also insist on pushing progressive social values that I am yet to see any tangible or quantifiable benefit in.
Thank you for your time.
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The Australian Protectionist Party in brief
- Environmental concerns: primarily the development of sustainable practices and controlling population numbers.
- The nuclear family: the APP believe in protecting and strengthening the traditional family unit, which they see as foundational to the Australian way of life. They also support economic help for families, such as income splitting and making children’s education tax deductible.
- Free speech and democracy: the APP see legislation against racial and religious vilification as a restriction on free speech, which they would remove. They also believe in increasing direct democracy through citizen-inititiated referenda.
- Economic: APP economic policies focus on protecting Australian trade through tariffs, increasing ownership of local companies, public assets, and resources by Australians, and limiting the use of contracted foreign labour.
- Cultural: the APP believe in creating a culturally homogenous society by restricting immigration to people from ‘culturally similair’ populations, ending policies that encourage multiculturalism, and ending what they see as political activism by teachers promoting a ‘black armband’ view of history.
Here’s the APP’s Darrin Hodges on Q & A talking about Australian suburbs being ‘invaded by Muslims’: