Outcry as MP calls for debate on Muslim enclaves
LIBERAL MP Kevin Andrews has blamed political correctness for a failure to debate the Muslim “enclaves” in parts of Australia.
- Kevin Andrews wants Muslim debate/long overdue
- Islamic Council says its counterproductive/of course its”counterproductive” – to Islam….
- Greens say suggestion ‘despicable’- Â Remember, Bobby Brown has the most to lose….
Instantly, the usual suspects go apeshit:
Opposition frontbencherÂ Greg Hunt distanced himself from Mr Andrews’ comments.
“Our approach should be colour-blind, ethnicity-blind, background-blind and simply focused on their ability to contribute,” he said.
“I believe in a diverse and multicultural Australia.” (Muslims believe in an Islamic Australia and are religiously obliged to make Australia Islamic/ed)
Mr AndrewsÂ toldÂ The Australian Online that it was clear that some Muslims were not “dispersing” into the community as other ethnic groups had in the past.
“I don’t think it’s happening as rapidly as with other communities in the past. I think it’s desirable,” he said.
No “evidence”, for Muslims, there is never any evidence:
Islamic Council of Victoria vice-president Sherene HassanÂ challenged Mr Andrews to back up his statements with evidence.Â “The Melbourne experience is very different to the Sydney experience.”
MsÂ Hassan said it was natural forÂ migrants to Australia to gravitate towards areas where there was a presence from their homeland.
And this is not exclusive to Muslims, she said.
“But if he is genuinely interested in finding a solution to what he considers a problem he can do that in a constructive manner rather than jumping on a shock jock’s radio program.”
“We are very happy to talk to him.”
Ms Hassan said Mr Andrews’ actions were counterproductive.
“All this does is build up anti-Muslim sentiment and as a consequence people are much less likely to integrate if they feel scared and threatened.”
Mr Andrews’ comments coincided with a call from outspokenÂ Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey this morning for Australia to call in the army to get asylum-seekers off theÂ Oceanic Viking customs vessel and onshore to an Indonesian detention centre.
Mr Tuckey said today the Prime Minister should send in the army if the asylum-seekers onboard an Australian customs vessel after 11 days at sea refused to disembark.
“He can ask the army to go up there and take those people off,” Mr Tuckey said.
“He can send that vessel back.”
Mr Andrews defended his calls for a debate, saying that “when a subject becomes politically incorrect to talk about, then it ends up with a backlash”.
“I think part of the (Pauline) Hanson movement in the early 1990s was because some subjects were simply said to be off the table, they couldn’t be discussed and a lot of Australians wanted to discuss them.
“Whether they were right or wrong is not the point. In a democracy you should be able to discuss them.”
Sydney – Member of Parliament Kevin Andrews on Thursday called for a national debate on whether Muslim immigration to Australia should be curbed. Andrews, immigration minister in the conservative government defeated two years ago, said Muslims were the first migrant group not to assimilate and to congregate in certain suburbs of big cities.
“To have a concentration of one ethnic or one particular group that remains in an enclave for a long period of time is not good,” Andrews told local radio. “You should be able to talk about it … it’s ridiculous if you can’t talk about any subject.
Andrews was commenting on a column in The Australian newspaper arguing that large numbers of Muslim migrants posed a security risk because some would be drawn to terrorism.
Andrews’ call for debate was immediately stomped on by Greens leader Bob Brown.
“We are seeing a far-right, pretty disgusting point of view,” he said./Greens leader Brown is ignorant of the fact that homosexuals like him would be killed under Islam/ed
The 350,000 Muslims in Australia represent less than 2 per cent of the population but the proportion is rising through immigration and through their higher birth rate.
Andrew Bolt: Of course there’s a link
“Yet it is not only a question of resources butÂ the failure to absorb and integrate new communities. The discredited policy of multiculturalism must be abandoned once and for all. Now a controlled approach to immigration is needed with clear caps set on population growth…”
I can understand why the long overdue debate on immigration is now raging in Britain, which is what I guess has triggered calls here for the same. But I’m a bit puzzled why it needs such urgent attention now in Australia, when it strikes me that prominent Muslim radicals are in retreat here,Â Muslim immigration has indeed been quietly reduced, and the media is now a lot less willing to give a pulpit to Muslim extremists such as Keysar Trad. No longer do we have a council of Muslim leaders advising the Prime Minister, let alone a council with the links of the pro-jihadist Sheik Hilali. How could John Howard have been so dumb?
I’m in favor of open debate, but still need persuading that we must all join in now – and urgently. I’d say one terror trial after another has sobered up plenty of people even of the Left that were only too likely before to scream “racist”, and what’s needed now is not this kind of shouty “consciousness raising”, but a calm discussion of what actually needs doing that isn’t already being done.
You want the borders kept tight? So does Rudd, who’s trying frantically to undo his mischief. You want Muslim immigration cut further? Tell us by how much more, and do you really mean to include Indonesian businessmen and Turkish academics?