Nicole Hasham from the Moonbat HeraldÂ lectures us about “politics of prejudice” and “cultural cowboys”–
why, oh why are Australians putting up with this BS? Â Why must we be told by the likes of Mrs ‘Hasham’ what’s ‘xenophobic?’
In other news:
Threats to attack a mosque in the south-east Australian state of Victoria with anti-tank artillery are panicking the sizable Muslim community as the latest sign of Islamophobia in the country.—More panic and confusion atÂ On Islam
Victoria’s police springs into action:
Police in Victoria are investigating after a comment suggesting a mosque be blasted by a rocket launcher was made on Facebook.
NICK FOLKES doesn’t object to people learning a foreign language, or even dabbling in ethnic cooking. But call other cultures equal? That’s ”madness”, he says.
”Our culture is better than the Muslim culture, it is better than the African culture,” he said. ”At the end of the day, why did they come here? There must be something wrong with their culture.
”When it’s government policy and using taxpayers’ money to further these different communities … I think that is absurd.”
The Australian Protectionist Party firebrand joins a growing number of controversial far-right candidates chasing the xenophobic vote at next month’s council elections.
‘Growing number of far-right’ candidates? Mrs Hesham’s got that right.Â
Australia First, the anti-immigration party hoping to fill the political void left by One Nation, is running 23 candidates across western and south Sydney and the Blue Mountains, up from 15 at the last council poll.
The party’s website takes aim at the Channel Ten programÂ The ShireÂ and its sprinkling of ethnic characters, labelling it ”media contrived assimilation”. Several candidates attempt to link urban sprawl and rate increases to immigration.
The artist Sergio Redegalli, who painted the controversial ”Say no to burqas” sign outside his Newtown workshop, is making a first-time bid for Marrickville Council as an independent.
Mr Folkes, 42, an industrial painter from Rozelle, wants Leichhardt council declared a ”sharia-free zone” and would scrap council grants to multicultural groups.
”There is a vacuum in politics at the moment. We believe that a lot of people, in time, will definitely vote for us,” he said.
History indicates that day is a long way off. Mr Folkes attracted 289 votes, or 0.6 per cent of the vote, when he ran as an independent for the seat of Balmain last year.
A University of Western Sydney immigration expert, Kevin Dunn, said only 12 per cent of Australians held negative views towards cultural diversity and that anti-immigration candidates typically polled badly.
But their agendas could influence council decisions on issues such as building mosques or religious schools, especially during times of national unrest over boat arrivals.
Imagine that! That’s terrible!Â
”The general nature of debate at the national level has a direct effect locally in terms of community relations, attitudes and local politics,” Professor Dunn said, and racist attitudes ”fade or flourish” depending on public discourse.
Ready to counter the racial supremacists is the Unity Party, a multiculturalist group that has shifted its gaze to local government since its federal and state ambitions faded five years ago.
The party, which has two elected councillors, promotes cultural diversity and respect for religion and has fielded 40 candidates across NSW, the party’s founder, Peter Wong, said.
”I think Australia is a lot more broad-minded since Pauline Hanson’s time,” Mr Wong said. ”I don’t really think those candidates will make great headway.”