From the ‘STOP the rot’ department:
A New South Wales Senate candidate for the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) has compared controlling Muslim immigration in Australia to stopping the spread of bird flu.
The Christian Democrats are pushing for a halt to Muslim immigration because there has been no serious study of the effects of Muslims on Australia.
They say the 10-year measure would give some breathing space to assess the situation.
The party today officially introduced pastor Paul Green as its number-one candidate for the Senate at a media conference in Sydney.
Mr Green says he believes Australian people are very concerned about Muslim immigration and would support an immediate moratorium.
“If there was bird flu coming from a people’s groups across the nation, would we not stop to assess the risk management of what it means to Australia and then assess the factors, and say, ‘Is it safe to continue that or withhold it until it is dealt with?'” he said.
“We are saying there’s cracks in the foundation.
“We need to address them. We need not rush it because we could be making a bad decision.”
Mr Green is urging the Federal Government to conduct a social impact study on the effects of Muslim immigration.
“It’s much easier to do that with 300,000 Muslims than it would be with 3 million,” he said.
* It won’t be long before we have 3 million…
“Let’s take a breather and give the Australian people an opportunity to say, ‘How do we want to work this?'”
Senior Liberal defects
Meanwhile, a senior Liberal who has been suspended from the party has formally defected to the CDP and has not ruled out running at the next federal election.
Michael Darby was suspended from the Liberals in June over his appearance on the Four Corners program on ABC TV and for criticising the former NSW Liberal leader, Peter Debnam, in a newspaper interview.
He also lost a pre-selection battle for the state seat of Manly against Michael Baird and later campaigned for the Christian Democratic Party during the recent NSW election.
Mr Darby, a former federal and New South Wales councillor for the Liberal Party, denies the switch to the new party is sour grapes.
“What tipped me over the edge was this,” he said.
“I said to the state executive when they were examining whether they would be suspending me, ‘You are not having any kind of judicial process.
“‘There is no concept of any judicial process here. This is simply grubby factional politics.'”
* Indeed. It is.