“The Liberal Party doesn’t know what it stands for,”
Pasquarelli says Liberals must take a stand on multiculturalism
The Liberal Party leadership change last December showed that grass roots activism can achieve results. Malcolm Turnbull’s support for the Rudd Government’s ETS triggered a massive revolt from the Liberal base and the groundswell ultimately cost Turnbull his job.
In this second part of anÂ interview with Australian Conservative, high profile former Liberal Party member John Pasquarelli says Tony Abbott now needs to address policies on immigration, multiculturalism and national identity and communicate clearly where the party stands on these issues.
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A former Pauline Hanson advisor, Pasquarelli believes that the Liberals are “all over the shop” on the issues of multiculturalism, ethnic crime, gang violence and immigration from countries with cultures that are clearly incompatible with Australian laws, culture and lifestyle.
“The Liberal Party doesn’t know what it stands for,” he told Australian Conservative.
“It says it stands for the family and small business. Good God, what clapped out clichÃ©s those are. They mumble useless platitudes. That’s all just clap-trap, trendy talk. Because they don’t define themselves.
“Where do they stand on refugees and migrants who are quite clearly culturally incompatible with the rest of us?” He asks the Liberals, “Why are you frightened of tackling these issues that a huge number of Australians are gravely concerned about?”
James Cook University social demographer Dr Sue Bandaranaike said there was a general view that Australia was “overpopulated”, but those who did not support immigration were short-sighted.
“You cannot forget that skilled migrants come here and do actually contribute, even looking back, even in South Australia, many of the winemakers came from Germany,” she said. Â More
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He says there is still much pent up resentment to Tony Abbott’s role in the prosecution of Pauline Hanson and, since becoming leader, his failure to tackle touchstone cultural issues reinforces the feeling.
Pasquarelli says he has told Tony Abbott that he needs to win back the disenchanted mainstream, including the “Hansonites” (a generic term he uses to describe those who were not necessarily One Nation voters but were still generally supportive of Pauline Hanson on a number of issues she tackled).
“When I was with Hanson I was amazed at the phone calls I got from Filipinosâ€”from Asiansâ€”Malaysian Chineseâ€”from Indians, mainly business people, Aboriginals. But they were terrified of being identified, but they were ringing up to support a lot of what she was saying. I was gob smacked because the volume of those calls was great. These people were, I understood, Christians, totally committed to Australia, none with dual citizenship, not that they identified to me. They considered themselves to be an assimilated part of the mainstream. And these are the people that silly John Howard lost.”
Pasquarelli says he put the view to Tony Abbott recently that there was a need to set up a national debate about multiculturalism, Third World immigration and the refugee question. He explains:
“I challenged Tony Abbott on this, particularly with the Sudanese, because he was caught out by Alan Jones in an interview, as was Vanstone, by Alan Jones, over a particular intake of Sudanese refugees. A lot of these people from Africa, for example, and from other areas, are culturally incompatible with mainstream Australians. Australians have never been consulted, ever. So much for consultation. Contemptâ€”contempt for the votersâ€”and they wonder why that contempt is reciprocated by politicians being held in such low esteem.
“I said [to Abbott], wouldn’t it be a good idea to set up a dedicated email address and a postal address and carry out a debate, as you’ve been talking about. We’ve got to debate things like multiculturalism, ethnic crime, boat people, citizenship requirements.
“He said he thought it was a good idea. But, see, the Liberals, I’m sure, now they don’t want to have that debate.
“They don’t want to embrace the mainstream. People who saw hope with Abbott in December are now becoming cheesed off. When are we going to have our debate?”
“[Monash University’s]Bob Birrell has said that our suburbs are changing irreversibly and I agree with him.
“We saw Bennelong. All of a sudden people realised that John Howard, and that’s why John Howard was so compromised during the 2007 election, had 25 per cent-plus Asians[in the electorate]. They were Chinese and Korean who were living in the suburb of Epping.
“Now that demographic is happening particularly in Sydney, but it’s happening now in Brisbane and it’s happening in Melbourne and it’ll be happening to a lesser degree in Adelaide and Perth.
“I go right back to Fraser. He gave us our first boat people, the Vietnamese to assuage his guilt and he gave us the second double whammy in ’76 with the Lebanese Muslims against the advice of the Immigration Department at the time. To build a nation up takes a couple of hundred years. You can destroy it in three or four decades.
“You’ve got to go back into history again to realise that in 1997 the cabinet unbeknownst to a lot of us, signed off for African refugees to appease the UN â€“ that mob of international crims, the United Nations.
“Japan never countenanced immigration or refugees. It took them 20 years to sign the UN convention, 20 years after us. They pay their dues to the UN, but tell the UN to get f**ked.
“And look what happens. Japan doesn’t suddenly disappear overnight. The UN’s not going to shoot them all in their beds. But we jump and say ‘How high?’
“If Howard had told them back when they wanted us to start taking refugees from Africa, if Howard had said, no thanks, look, literally just said, no and that this was a position where the Australian people need to be consulted, because, despite what you’ll all call us, the people you’re asking us to take are culturally incompatible with present day mainstream Australia, and the people should have a say in who comes here. That’s all he had to say. Now, he would have been called racist and sh*t and all the rest of it, but his stocks with the mainstream would have soared. And he would still be in power. Those Sudanese would never have come.
“When the Sudanese came, and they affected, particularly, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, the mainstream saw what was happening, even though the government tried to suppress it. The police commissioner said you can’t refer to Sudanese gangs and other ethnic gangs, the mob knew what was on and that they’d been conned into going with Howard on Tampa, not knowing that a few years before that he and Abbott and the rest of them signed off in 1997 on African refugees. But, you know, I’d be the only person that would have the balls to say what I’ve just said and even try and get it in print. And I’ve certainly said it on radio.”
Pasquarelli points to the 2007 attempt by then Dandenong mayor Peter Brown in 2007 to break with political correctness and multicultural dogma and bring some sense to the question of African immigration. He quotes aÂ letter written by Brown to the Melbourne Age in which the mayor pleads for a new approach to ethnic crime, immigration and multiculturalism. Brown wrote:
If the Australian Government chooses to ease the ethnic problems of Black Africa by transporting their citizenry to Australia by the jumbo jetload, then the only achievement will be to remove the problems from one continent beset by them to another continent, Australia â€” and you do not have to be a Rhodes scholar to see that that is happening now in the City of Greater Dandenong.
A council community grant last year to a Sudanese group was halted because of the aggressive opposition to it by a different Sudanese faction. The problems at Noble Park station were not there before the jumbos flew in. And late last year, when I was mayor, I met a delegation of Sudanese, some of whom came from Footscray and who berated our council for insufficient financial and other support and then criticised us by saying “the Vietnamese have had their turn for the money, now it is ours (the Sudanese).
Pasquarelli says the Liberals must state quite clearly where they stand on this issue. He worries that with Kevin Rudd performing so badly, there is a chance the Liberals will be elected despite themselves.
“If that happens, we’ll have an unprepared Coalition all over the bloody shop, a party that doesn’t know what it stands for,” he says.
“We’d be then in the danger of suffering what I call ‘ping-pong politics’ â€“ that is, one term Labor, out. One term Liberal, out. And if that was to happen, that’s about the worst sort of government you could ever expect to have. It would be an absolute shambles. It’s now more likely than it’s ever been in our political history.”