WHENEVER I see singing and dancing in Parliament House, Canberra, there’s one guarantee.
Whatever they are singing and dancing about, hardly anyone in the suburbs will join in.
Since Thursday, that’s the way it’s been with same-sex marriage.
At kids’ sporting events, a friend’s BBQ and talking to people on the main street of Camden, nobody seems to give two hoots about this legislative change.
The normal conversations of life march on: about our children’s educations, the coming festive season and Sydney’s balmy weather.
In Camden’s main street, the next big event will be a celebration of a different kind.
On January 26 we will be enjoying the dancing, singing and pageantry of the annual Australia Day parade.
This highlights the disconnect between life in Canberra and the outer suburbs.
Last week in the Senate, the Greens moved a motion for changing the date of Australia Day.
After the success of marriage equality, they argued, it was time to dump January 26.
The Greens whip Rachel Siewert told the chamber: “We know the date will change, it’s a question of when.”
Not where I come from.
The only question in Camden is how big the crowds will be in six weeks’ time as we celebrate our national day.
They have been building year by year.
Eleven months ago, people were five and six deep on the footpath watching the parade, with some even standing on the median strip.
In a world dominated by uncertainty, Australia Day has become a point of ballast, a chance to unashamedly express pride in our nation and the wonder of the Australian story.
The green-left detests the waving of the Australian flag and singing of the national anthem.
In Camden we can’t get enough of both.
The PC-brigade say that celebrating January 26 disrespects indigenous Australians.
In Camden we see no such link.
A defining feature of the Western civilisation that arrived here in 1788 is its belief in progress — the hope that all people can enjoy a better life.
There is no shame and disrespect in saying that Australia is a better country because of European settlement.
Today, for every dollar of welfare spending on a non-indigenous Australian, our governments spend two dollars on Aboriginal welfare — not the work of a heartless nation.
While mistakes were made in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Australians are now united in wanting equal opportunities for the first peoples of this continent.
As the inspiring Alice Springs indigenous leader Jacinta Price has said: “We cannot afford a culture of perpetual mourning. We need to be proactive in solving today’s problems.”
When young indigenous people go through school and, in growing numbers, university, this is only possible because of the Western commitment to education and self-improvement.
The same can be said for advanced technologies and opportunities in health, housing, transport and the economy.
While we love our indigenous brothers and sisters and their ancient custodianship of this land, truthfully, pre-1788, their society had not developed any of the material advantages of the West.
Their engineering skills were limited and they had not yet invented the wheel.
The rest of the world had left them behind.
It’s a basic reality.
The green-left want to wipe out our history and diminish our national pride because they believe in a world without borders, a world of fluid identities.
They say they support multiculturalism, but they disparage the First Fleet’s landing at Sydney Cove — when many new, diverse cultures arrived for the first time.
They say they support Medicare and public education, but these community services wouldn’t be possible without the link to Western know-how that was established on January 26, 1788.
People are always saying to me: why isn’t there any organised rejection of the left’s madness?
Who’s fighting back against the ABC, Fairfax, GetUp! and the Greens as they try to reshape our national institutions in their own image?
Why isn’t anyone campaigning on our behalf, advancing the commonsense views of suburban and regional Australia?
That’s why I’m organising a Save Australia Day campaign through Mark Latham’s Outsiders.
The “Change the Date” movement is gathering pace, with the support of left-wing councils around the country.
The Greens and Labor left say the change is inevitable.
This is the big one, a chance to say: “No more”.
If the left are able to move or abolish Australia Day, nothing about our country will be safe from their agenda.
Not our history, our monuments, our culture, our values.
It’s vital to Save Australia Day.
Jacinta Price has agreed to lead the campaign — a tremendous honour for those of us working with her.
We have professional TV and radio advertising in production.
But it’s not inexpensive.
With their new-found support from big corporations, the left are flush with money.
In the fight for Australia Day, they are bound to outspend us.
I’ve launched a crowd-funding appeal to ensure our side of the argument is heard.
The details are on my Mark Latham’s Outsiders Facebook page.
To donate, please go to: support.marklathamsoutsiders.com and click on the Save Australia Day icon.
Every dollar raised will be spent on the campaign.
In saving Australia Day, I believe we can save our country in many other important respects.
It’s a fight we can’t afford to lose.
This article was originally published by The Daily Telegraph.