Tony Abbott believes the arrival of the First Fleet was a good thing for indigenous Australians.
The former prime minister was on Monday again throwing his support behind keeping the existing date of Australia Day.
“What happened on the 26th of January 1788 was on balance, for everyone – Aboriginal people included – a good thing because it brought Western civilisation to this country, it brought Australia into the modern world,” he told 2GB radio.
Abbott also said the coalition could win the next election if the government looks at policies like scaling back migration.
He planned to spend 2018 encouraging colleagues to take the pressure off power and house prices and making sure locals have jobs.
“These are the sorts of things when it comes to an election the government would get credit for,” he said.