Paul Zanetti delivers the postmortem on the ‘Liberal’ in Liberal Party of Australia. Have a closer look at what might really be behind the Turnbull government’s reason to risk a diplomatic row over a visitor visa.
DO YOU SEE WHY ALL THESE ARABS NEED TO BE EXILED OFF THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
Whether they participate in the terrorist act itself or not they are just as guilty. Israel gives them jobs, schools their children, pays their medical care and they rally in support of the death and destruction of the very people that keep them alive. They are idiots and need to be gone. Period.
Cherry Picking Free Speech
COULD it be the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is playing a dirty political game to protect the interests of the Liberal Party?
It’s not outside the realms of possibility. They’ve played the same grubby games before and there’s a new threat to the Party.
Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders is due to arrive in Australia in two weeks. His visa application was made months ago. Despite given assurance in August his visa will be issued, he is still waiting for approval.
Wilders is coming to Australia to launch the new conservative, Islam-critical political party, the Australian Liberty Alliance.
This fledgling party poses the biggest threat to the Libs since Pauline Hanson’s One Nation pulled votes away from the Howard led Liberal government, and Coalition State governments over a decade ago.
At the time, Howard’s hatchet man, Tony Abbott, was accused of making legal and financial arrangements for the eventual jailing of Hanson for electoral fraud.
Abbott arranged for a civil case against the registration of One Nation and said he’d help fund the case.
Abbott dug up every bit of dirt he could on Hanson after One Nation shocked the Coalition by winning 11 seats in Queensland in 1998.
He joined with Terry Sharples, a Gold Coast accountant and disgruntled ex-One Nation candidate.
Sharples said he had evidence, which would show One Nation was fraudulently registered as a political party in Queensland because it didn’t have the required 500 members, just three directors.
If proven, One Nation would not be eligible for half a million dollars of public money under the State’s electoral funding laws, a much needed resource to fight in a Federal election.
Abbott told the House of Reps on 2 July, 1998, “I am not a lawyer, but it seems to me that … One Nation, as registered in Queensland, does not have 500 members, it is not a validly registered political party, and it cannot receive any public funding”.
He personally lobbied the Queensland electoral commissioner to investigate One Nation’s legality and travelled around the country encouraging One Nation dissidents to take legal action.
Sharples later claimed that Abbott told him that any Liberal Party connection should be kept secret, but he would financially underwrite Sharples’ civil action testing the legality of One Nation.
At the time, (1998 – 2001) One Nation polled between 8 per cent to 30 per cent in various state and federal seats
In the June 1998 Queensland election, One Nation decimated the Nationals’ vote. Liberal voters deserted the Liberal Party for Labor. One Nation won eleven seats and Labor won office in Queensland.
In the February 2001 WA State election One Nation polled 10 per cent of the primary and up to 30 per cent in some rural seats. Its decision not to preference sitting members was critical in the defeat of Premier Richard Court’s Coalition government.
The conservative vote was split. The Coalition was bleeding. Hanson had to be stopped.
On 27 May 2002 she was committed to stand trial on one count of fraudulently registering a political party, and two counts of fraudulently obtaining public funds after being found by Justice Roslyn Atkinson of the Queensland Supreme Court after the electoral commissioner was “induced by fraud or misrepresentation” because the people on the membership list were “supporters”, not “members”.
One Nation was ordered to repay the $500,000 of public funds, triggering a police investigation.
Pauline Hanson reimbursed the $500,000 owed by One Nation to the Queensland Electoral Commission under Justice Atkinson’s judgement, after extensive fundraising drives.
On 15 July 2003 Hanson’s trial commenced
A month later on 20 August, a jury convicted Hanson on all charges.
She was sentenced to three years jail.
Politics is a dirty game.
Today, again, thousands of disenfranchised conservatives are migrating away from a left leaning Turnbull Liberal Party.
Politically correct spin is the order of the day.
Example; Malcolm Turnbull described last Friday’s Islamic terrorist attack as ‘politically motivated’, treating Australians as clueless fools.
What the PM didn’t explain was what political motivation inspired the 15-year-old shooter.
Australians were left to ponder.
Perhaps the radical youth was a Greens sympathiser upset with slow progress on global warming?
Maybe he was an aggrieved consumer opposed to the prospect of a GST increase?
Could he have been a frustrated Republican?
Who knows what politically motivated grievance the shooter harboured?
Screaming, “Allah, Allah,” after leaving a mosque to murder a police worker on the street has offered no apparent clue to his motives.
The PM is still searching for answers. He still has not updated his announcement.
In contrast Geert Wilders is not afraid to call out Islamic terrorism for what it is.
His raw language has gathered so much support in his homeland of Holland, he is now on track to become the next Dutch Prime Minister, with the most recent polling showing his Freedom Party ahead of the incumbent government parties.
Wilders’ party stands to win 34 seats in its own right in the 2016-‘17 election on current polling, up from 15 seats in 2014. The governing parties are down with the majority governing party at 23 seats with its partner party at 11 seats.
Wilders’ (intended) launch of the Australian Liberty Alliance will bring back nightmares of One Nation proportions for the Libs.
However his visa has not been forthcoming, despite immigration minister, Peter Dutton, and shadow minister Richard Marles assuring some weeks ago they would not oppose Wilders’ entry.
Wilders’ security team and other members of his travelling party have been granted visas, but not the man himself.
Wilders’ visa application is a reminder of his problems in 2012 when Labor’s immigration minister Chris Bowen delayed his visa, causing Wilders to postpone his tour until the following year.
One possible reason for the recent delay is that the Dutch Public Prosecutor has charged Wilders for ‘insulting a group of people and incitement to discrimination and hatred’ after a party rally speech.
In The Hague, where his Freedom Party had just come second in municipal elections, he asked supporters if they wanted “more or fewer Moroccans in this city and the Netherlands.”
After the crowd responded by chanting “fewer, fewer, fewer,” Mr. Wilders said: “We’ll take care of that.”
Moroccan immigrants have statistically shown up as significantly higher in numbers in Holland than others in crime figures.
Forty percent of Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands between the ages of 12 and 24 have been arrested, fined, charged or otherwise accused of committing a crime during the past five years, according to a report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Interior.
In Dutch neighbourhoods where the majority of residents are Moroccan immigrants, the youth crime rate reaches 50%.
Juvenile delinquency among Moroccans is not limited to males; girls and young women are increasingly involved in criminal activities.
Wilders says, “I have said what millions of people think and find,” and he says authorities “should concentrate on prosecuting jihadis instead of me.”
Despite the charge, he has not been convicted of any crime, does not have a criminal record and as the leader of the most popular party in the country is in line for the Prime Ministership, passing any official character test.
In 2010 Wilders faced similar charges of insulting religious and ethnic groups and inciting hatred and discrimination for his criticism of Islam. At his trial, he faced five counts of criminal offenses.
He was found not guilty in June 2011.
Wilders language is often described as ‘dangerous’.
“Dangerous” to whom? To pandering quisling politicians or the Mohammedan head choppers?
Supporters describe the language as ‘necessarily honest’.
To contrast, over the weekend, a workshop in Melbourne was held based on the teachings of Islamic scholars who have recommended the death penalty for homosexuals and apostates, promoted terrorism and preached hatred of Jews and Christians and violence against women.
One guest hate preacher, freely granted entry to our shores to speak at the event at Deakin University, has been banned from countries including Britain, Canada and parts of India for his support for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
The preacher teaches that “every Muslim should be a terrorist” and asserts men’s “rights” to beat their wives.
He recommends the death penalty for homosexuals and apostates (those who leave Islam).
When questioned in early August about Wilders’ visit, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said every person wishing to visit Australia was treated equally when applying for a visa.
“There are character checks and a visa issued according to the law, not emotion,” Mr Dutton said.
“We are a tolerant people and we should never surrender that tolerance.
“All Australians enjoy freedom of speech and political affiliation, but it comes with obvious responsibilities.”
These “obvious responsibilities” to restrict free speech are a fantasy in the head of Mr Dutton. The truth will out!
Richard Marles, the shadow minister agreed that banning visitors such as Wilders was not appropriate.
“The most effective way of dealing with these views is by every elected representative in Australia making it clear that bigotry has no place in our public debate,” Mr Marles said.
Who is the bigot, you halfwits?
Debbie Robinson, the Perth based President of the ALA said Australia had gone “so far down the path of political correctness” that people actively avoided discussing negative aspects of Islam.
“There is an inherent fear of Islam and of discussing it,” Ms Robinson said.
She said it was a “moral inversion” to accuse anti-Islamic groups of contributing to the radicalisation of Muslim extremists.
“Sometimes people see our group as being the catalyst for the problem, when in fact certain groups come about because there’s a level of concern about something,” she said.
“Instead of being outraged about violence, people speaking out about the ideology behind the violence are blamed.”
Debbie Robinson is suspicious of the visa delay.
“I believe that they’re stonewalling the visa. I believe that they are playing political games and in a way it is an assault on our freedom of speech,” she said.
“An advanced party from the Dutch police was here last month and we were given assurances in August that his visa would be forthcoming but I learned last week that it still has not been granted and I think it’s unacceptable.”
Ms Robinson said she was disappointed he was facing visa issues again.
“I’m surprised that with the change of government, we now have a Liberal Government, that it appears that in fact nothing has changed,” she said.
“It’s all about appeasement and political correctness.”
Ms Robinson said she did not think Wilders’ views were dangerous despite recent cases of radicalisation and the growing threat of homegrown terror.
“I think it’s more dangerous to invite and fast-track visas for people like Tareq Al-Suwaidan, who was the leader of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood, Taji Mustafa who is a British spokesperson for Hizb ut-Tahrir,” she said.
“These guys are allowed access to our country to deliver their message and an elected member of a democracy with no criminal record who does not incite violence is not allowed to speak. I think that’s outrageous.”
Maybe this is what Mr Turnbull meant by reaching out to more Muslims.
Delaying or banning Wilders from entering Australia will create an inevitable backlash, giving the ALA more publicity and support than if Wilders, the leader of the most popular party in Holland, were allowed to enter the country.