The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

I def­i­nitely agree that fund­ing isn’t al­ways the so­lu­tion to ev­ery­thing.

If a par­tic­u­lar sys­tem is de­fi­cient in some way, first see if there are un­der­ly­ing is­sues in the sys­tem it­self that are the pri­mary cause of the prob­lem and that can be fixed with­out in­creased fund­ing be­fore look­ing at pro­vid­ing more fund­ing. After all, if you are pro­vid­ing more fund­ing to a bro­ken sys­tem you could make the sit­u­a­tion worse and not bet­ter.

Also, I def­i­nitely want to sup­port a party that stands up for Western civil­i­sa­tion and our unique Aus­tralian char­ac­ter. I re­alise we have made mis­takes in the past and I sup­port the na­tional apol­ogy that Kevin Rudd de­liv­ered to the Abo­rig­ines. How­ever we don’t need to apol­o­gise for who we are as a na­tion.

Aus­tralia is one of the most wel­com­ing, ac­cept­ing, and tol­er­ant coun­tries in the world. We don’t need to shy away from who we are. We are a proud multi-eth­nic coun­try founded and based on Western civil­i­sa­tion and have de­vel­oped our own unique Aus­tralian char­ac­ter. And we don’t need to apol­o­gise for that. MICHAEL WESTACOTT


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