Rejected … Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes and his guide dog Jordie. / The Daily Telegraph
We’ve been following the reports of Muslim cabdrivers refusing to carry passengers with alcohol and blind people with guide dogs at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and in Britain. The stories are too numerous and widespread to be simply coincidence, and it’s very likely that there’s a coordinated effort by Islamic da’wa organizations (e.g. the Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hizb ut-Tahrir) to push the issue as much as possibleâ€”just as they’re pushing on many other fronts. It’s the cultural wing of the global jihad.
Today the Daily Telegraph reports that the same thing is going on in Australia, where Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner has been refused service: Cabs refusing blind passengers.
TAXI drivers are regularly refusing to carry blind passengers with guide dogs â€“ including Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner.
The treatment of the blind by some Sydney taxi drivers has been exposed by Human Rights and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, who is himself blind and reliant on his guide dog Jordie. Mr Innes, whose high-powered role makes him a regular cab user, said he was refused service on average once a month, including twice in two days recently.
He has been told on a number of occasions that it would be against a driver’s religion to allow a dog in the cab. He has also been refused by drivers claiming to be allergic to dogs and even scared of dogs. He has also been left clutching at air on busy Market St by one belligerent driver who told him he had to take the non-existent cab in front.
Mr Innes yesterday received the backing of Vision Australia (VA), which said taxi drivers refusing to carry blind passengers with guide dogs happened with “too much regularity”.
VA’s head of policy and advocacy Michael Simpson said the problem was worse in the Sydney metropolitan area where there were more drivers unwilling to carry dogs based on Muslim objections. “It is fair to say that the (Islamic) religion has made the problem worse in the metropolitan areas than regional areas, where I’ve found taxi drivers are generally excellent,” he said.
Winds of Jihad reported about the cultural jihad in Norway here:
Taxi Jihad Update:
The New South Wales government has issued a warning to cab drivers who refuse to pick up people with guide dogs for “religious” reasons: Biased cabbies face fines.
TAXI drivers who refuse to carry blind people with guide dogs face fines of up to $1100, the NSW Government warned today amid outrage at the biased practice.
Transport Minister John Watkins today warned of a crackdown on selective cabbies after he Daily Telegraph revealed some drivers were refusing to pick up guide dogs for “religious” reasons or because of allergies.
Sack the rogue taxi driversÂ
By Heath Ashton, Daily Telegraph
AN appalled public and the State Government have declared war on rogue cab drivers who refuse to pick up blind people with guide dogs.
Transport Minister John Watkins yesterday raised the prospect of instant dismissal for any cabbie caught rejecting a blind person on religious grounds or personal distaste of dogs.
The Daily Telegraph yesterday revealed that blind citizens, including the federal Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes, are routinely being left on the side of the road by some taxi drivers.
Mr Innes did not blame Muslims for the outrage but said cabbies had given him several reasons, including religion, for refusing his fare.
* You better start ‘blaming Muslims’ Mr Innes. Because it is THEIR belief that dogs are unclean. And it is them who discriminate against our blind people and don’t respect our laws.
Mr Watkins said refusing a guide dog was an intolerable act that should not go unpunished.
“If you can’t actually serve the customers in greatest need those – people with some form of disability – well, you shouldn’t be in the job,” he said.
“I’m committed to doing something about this. It is an intolerable thing. I need to make the point very clear to the taxi industry and to taxi drivers. This is illegal, with a fine of up to $1100.”
The NSW Taxi Council said it would agree to raising the fine to stamp out the offence, while Guide Dogs NSW said it would help with further disability training for drivers already in the industry.
Mr Watkins has directed the Ministry of Transport to consult the Taxi Council about enhanced driver training in disability awareness.
While the blind community agreed that the problem was among a minority of cabbies, Seeing Eye Dogs Australia warned that the extent of the problem may still be underestimated.
“I know a blind person who uses a lot of cabs and is being refused at least once a week. But he has given up reporting the problem because he’s just so sick of it,” SED chief executive Lee Garwood said.