Nicholas Heading on the Australian Protectionist Party: Think Local, Act Local

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.

APP logo
The logo of the Australian Protectionist Party

majorMinor 

Which Australian political party do you support?

Nicholas Heading
I vote for the Australian Protectionist Party (APP).
mM
Why have you chosen this party as the recipient of your glorious vote? (NB – all votes are equal, Mr. Heading’s vote is no more glorious than yours)
NH
Firstly, it is a nationalist party, which means that it’s loyalty is to the great nation of Australia. The Australian government should represent and serve Australians. This is simple common sense that I see less and less in other parties .
Importantly, it is also a party with strong environmental concerns. In line with it’s genuine conservative values it aims to protect and conserve the environment for future generations.

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.

It astounds me that political parties can propose radical and untested ideas without completely knowing what will happen to Australia. If we’re talking about our nation’s future we need to be certain, and we need have more than good intentions to back up our ideas.
 mM

In your opinion, what are the key policies that make this party important for Australia?

NH

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.

mM

Could you discuss the factors that led you to decide against supporting Labor or the Coalition?

NH
Labor and the Coalition are simply two side of the same coin. They both represent the global and progressive trends that are causing serious problems for our world: sedentary lifestyles, profit-obsessed markets, short-term thinking and
planning, and increasing hedonism.

I worry that lots of political parties are inadvertently promoting this.

mM

What do you see as the most important political issue/s in Australia today, and why?

NH
The economy is a major one, as there are predictions that things may become increasingly difficult for Australians in the future. Rather than laying off workers because cheaper labour is available overseas, we should be caring for and promoting  Australian workers, who deserve our loyalty. We have almost destroyed our manufacturing industry because business leaders care more about profits than people.
The environment is another  issue that is important but neglected, both in politics and in everyday life. Rather than having a ‘can’t someone else do it’ mentality, I feel we should embrace sustainable living as individuals. Leave your car, grow your own food, and maybe keep a few chickens in the backyard. Buy things that haven’t been transported over long distances, creating a large carbon footprint. Go hunting for introduced pest species like rabbit and foxes to help out Australian wildlife. These aren’t complex things to do.
The state of education is also concerning, as increasingly progressive and humanist approaches to learning have led to slipping standards. I look at places like the United States – they used to have the world’s highest standards in the 1950s, but are a joke now by comparison – and it makes me worry about where these trends could lead.
mM
Finally, which political party do you believe to be the most dangerous for Australia’s future, and why?
DH

 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.

 That the Greens are seen as a real option by voters is concerning, and I’m hoping that the relatively recent APP can act as a nationalist-conservative counter-balance to them. The APP offers the same commitment to the environment, but offer better social and economic policies based on experience and history.
mM

Thank you for your time.

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The Australian Protectionist Party in brief

The APP was formed in 2011 to “defend Australia’s identity, heritage, and freedom.” Co-founder Darrin Hodges was expelled from the Australia First Party in 2007 amid internal party strife. The party mixes environmental concerns with economic protectionism for local industries and an anti-immigration and, arguably, anti-Muslim stance.
APP supporters
Australian Protectionist Party supporters carry signs protesting immigration.
Key elements of the APP’s political platform are:
  • 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’:

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