The Bendigo Bank seems to Â be applying its own version of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
As far as we know, its against the law to discriminate against people because of their belief or political affiliation.
Bendigo Bank has hypocritically used new-age buzzwords to mask its totalitarian and anti-Australian intent: tolerance and inclusiveness. So it put out thisÂ statementÂ yesterday.
What a disgraceful and dangerous decision:
A bank is standing by its decision to close the account of a protest group which is fighting plans to build a mosque in the Victorian city of Bendigo.
The Bendigo Bank last week informed the Stop the Mosque group that it was closing the group’s account, saying the bank only wants to do business with organisations that share its values.
The group was raising funds for its fight against a mosque which is proposed for a site near Bendigo’s airport.
The bank’s decision has drawn criticism on social media, while local councillor Elise Chapman has accused the bank of trying to be the ‘moral police’.
“There’s a lot of other people – there’s murderers, paedophiles, criminals – everybody banks, and I’m sure that those people also have bank accounts at the bank,” Ms Chapman said.
Indeed, the Bendigo Bank should tell us who else will have their accounts closed – porn merchants, drug dealers, wife beaters, Islamist extremists, tax cheats, Greenpeace activists, vandals, hoon drivers, habitual drunks, thieves and people who spit on the pavement. Where does this stop? Where was the reputational damage for the bank in even maintaining the account? Who in the community protested, or was this just the work of some sanctimonious Bendigo Bank official who thought he or she could misuse their power to punish opinions with which they disagreed?
Ban Bendigo Bank until it allows its customers to freely engage in public debate.