Turncoat stacks Lib ranks with Muslim friendly corruptocrats

Here we go again.  Here comes another “Liberal” Minister to lecture not the extremists but those who fear them:

Malcolm Turnbull’s new assistant minister for multiculturalism, Craig Laundy, has vowed to combat “wrong’’ public perceptions about Australia’s Muslims.

Wouldn’t he do better reading lectures to these radicals instead? Oh, and shouldn’t he always issue this disclaimer: Craig Laundy holds the Liberal seat with the biggest Muslim minority (10.4 per cent) and is battling to hold it.

Maurice Newman:

In Islam, religion and politics are interchangeable. Wherever in the world Muslims settle, they form colonies. They expand the interests of Islam and, rather than dissolving over time, multiply and consolidate. Yet our leaders behave like fifth columnists and, despite the evidence, play down the growing Islamic threat. Critics are portrayed as bigots, racists and ­Islamophobes and the Muslim majority as victims.

The utterly corrupt Craig Laundy behind the import of 12.000 Syrian ‘refugees’ Mohammedan savages

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Craig Laundy is the first parliamentarian I can remember in a long time, from one of the major parties, who stood up for refugees and got a promotion for his efforts.

Last year when the Syrian and Iraq refugee crisis escalated, Sydney Liberal MP Craig Laundy asked the Government to intervene and grant more places to these asylum seekers.

At the time this had not been a popular cause inside the Liberal Party.

The result of his efforts, assisted by some others, was 12,000 new places created in the migration programme for people from Iraq and Syria.

The decision to increase the numbers came on September 9 last year. That day I spoke to Mr Laundy about his decision to push for the asylum seekers.

“I reached out to the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and I simply said ‘Please can we do more’,” he said.

This was a U-turn in coalition policy that had been ruled out just days before. In this case lobbying worked. It was an historic moment in migration policy.

“This process has been a great journey, not for me, but for our party and the result has been even better, not for us, not for this country, but for the 12,000 people who we will give a chance to,” Mr Laundy told SBS news that night.

This took place under Prime Minister Tony Abbott. In his speech to Parliament on September 9 the Prime Minister explained the government’s response.

“In recent days for obvious and understandable reasons, there has been a great deal of concern on all sides of this parliament about the unfolding humanitarian crisis on the borders of Syria,” he said.

“I deeply respect the contributions that members of parliament have made and I now wish to update the house on decisions that the government has taken to respond.

“Obviously, all of us were shocked as a nation at the disaster that we saw on our television screens. All of us as a nation wanted to help. If I may say so, that is the Australian way: when we see a problem, we roll up our sleeves and do what we can to help.

“We will take an additional 12,000 people from the Syria-Iraq conflict over and above our existing refugee and humanitarian program. This is an important and generous act by Australia.”

Mr Laundy, a backbencher little-known outside his Sydney electorate of Reid, has been promoted into the outer ministry by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the reshuffle.

He is the new Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Part of his new job will be to oversee the resettlement of those 12,000 asylum seekers. Some of them are already here. He will assist the work of Ministers Christian Porter (Social Services) and Peter Dutton (Immigration).

Mr Laundy is a great admirer of Mr Turnbull, so his promotion is not so surprising, but in a parliament with a lot of new Liberal Party talent in the class of 2013 he has been promoted quickly.

Prime Minister Turnbull gave him a big wrap at his weekend press conference.

“Craig Laundy is a formidable communicator,” he said.

“He is a truly charismatic politician – if you’ve been out with him in his electorate you would know what I mean. He radiates warmth and ability to connect with people from every background. He has worked very well with organisations and groups from every conceivable cultural, racial, religious background. So he’s very well equipped to do this. “

The Prime Minister said it is an important role.

“We are the most successful multicultural society in the world, there’s no doubt. Few people would doubt that. But we can’t take that for granted and so it’s very important that we – that all of our policies are focused on strengthening that, building up that mutual respect which underpins the harmony which has made us such a successful country.”

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Unlike a lot of modern politicians Mr Laundy is not a party hack or political operative. He has come to politics via a successful family business – his family own pubs and other businesses around New South Wales. He doesn’t owe his seat to any backroom deal.

It is his profile and links in the electorate that saw him win. It has also given him the belief that he could speak up in the party room where others have felt they couldn’t do so without being punished by the party.

Mr Laundy takes over Multicultural Affairs from New South Wales Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells who has been promoted to Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

“Connie”, as she is known in Parliament, is herself a tough political warrior who turned into an even tougher player as she negotiated her way into a role with the Turnbull side in the months since the September leadership coup. She had been appointed to the Multicultural Affairs portfolio by Prime Minister Abbott, and when he was overthrown she was not assured of continuing.

Many could have expected that Senator Fierravanti-Wells, as a right wing conservative Liberal, would be squeezed out by the Turnbull forces. Instead the opposite has happened. Senator Fierravanti-Wells backed herself and argued strongly to Malcolm Turnbull and his team that they needed her in there as a conservative, as a woman and as a multicultural voice. She made the case and used her numbers and support in the party to get that outcome.

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Horrible. Who in his right mind would put such an ignorant fool in a position of authority?

Assistant Minister of Multicultural Affairs says extremist patriots groups are making it difficult to unite Australians and Moslems. 

Voice of the ‘silent majority’?
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Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has become perhaps the Liberal Party’s most vocal spokesperson for conservative multicultural views. But the shift to a more moderate government makes the position of this Tony Abbott ally precarious.
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His seat, like several other inner metropolitan areas of Sydney and Melbourne, is multicultural and has been for decades.

He won the seat of Reid from Labor at the last election. It is a seat based on the suburbs of Drummoyne, Concord, Homebush, Strathfield and Auburn. In his case the redistribution has taken Auburn out, increasing his margin to around 4 per cent, from 0.8.

Unlike a lot of modern politicians Mr Laundy is not a party hack or political operative. He has come to politics via a successful family business. He doesn’t owe his seat to any backroom deal.

Mr Laundy takes over Multicultural Affairs from New South Wales Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells who has been promoted to Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

“Connie”, as she is known in Parliament, is herself a tough political warrior who turned into an even tougher player as she negotiated her way into a role with the Turnbull side in the months since the September leadership coup. She had been appointed to the Multicultural Affairs portfolio by Prime Minister Abbott, and when he was overthrown she was not assured of continuing.

Many could have expected that Senator Fierravanti-Wells, as a right wing conservative Liberal, would be squeezed out by the Turnbull forces. Instead the opposite has happened. Senator Fierravanti-Wells backed herself and argued strongly to Malcolm Turnbull and his team that they needed her in there as a conservative, as a woman and as a multicultural voice. She made the case and used her numbers and support in the party to get that outcome.

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Voice of the ‘silent majority’?
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has become perhaps the Liberal Party’s most vocal spokesperson for conservative multicultural views. But the shift to a more moderate government makes the position of this Tony Abbott ally precarious.

6 thoughts on “Turncoat stacks Lib ranks with Muslim friendly corruptocrats”

    1. I would rather suspect them of “loving” little boys the way Arafat did and little girls the way the profit did, known these days in civilised society as pedophilia.

      PS . Can anyone tell me if Waleed Ali, a Sunni Muslim and the Australian Emperor of Taqijja, is a member of the “Muslim Brotherhood”? Thanks.

      1. If you are waiting for an admission or for his membership card falling out of his pocket at the next “Project” show you are mistaken. Wally’s single purpose in life is Islam and the propagation of it.

        Therefore:

        Stop, for god’s sake stop, importing trouble—and Muslim immigrants, as a whole, necessarily mean trouble, in all lands where the political and legal institutions, and social arrangements, are flatly contradicted by the Shari’a. Muslims are obligated to change or tear down those institutions, in order to remove all “obstacles to Islam.” It is not special or individual malice that prompts that attitude. That is their duty, a central duty. Why not come to fully and soberly understand that duty, and out of a minimal sense of self-preservation, cease to import those into our lands (America, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and every other place that has so generously admitted, under a twisted definition of “refugees,” people who do not, and can not, wish our ways or institutions or constitutions well.

        Hugh Fitzgerald

        1. Of course there is only one leader that has been transparent about the problem, Geert Wilders. Others dance around ‘it.’ Trump has implied by his ‘all muslims’ ban proposal, but Geert is articulate and really does understand Islam.

  1. Australians ‘Wrong’ On Islam – Liberal MP

    by PAUL ZANETTI

    DON’T you hate it when you’ve accidentally joined the wrong party, stood for pre-selection, got yourself voted in, then look around and find you’ve got almost nothing in common with your parliamentary colleagues?
    That’s what’s happened to Craig Laundy, the Assistant Minister for Multiculturalism. He’s a Liberal MP with Green blood running through his veins.
    Craig reckons Australians are doing Islam wrong.
    He told Fran Kelly on ABC radio, “People that dive into this debate and say controversial things, I would argue, the vast majority are speaking from a position that is not well informed.”
    “The perceptions they have are wrong.”
    Craig Laundy has not yet been sworn in as the Assistant Multiculturalism Minister. That takes place on Thursday.
    The greenhorn 45 year old first term backbencher rode into Canberra at the 2013 election on the wave of anti-Labor voter anger. He won the seat of Reid in Sydney’s western suburbs from Labor with a 3.5% swing. He’s the first Liberal to hold the seat since it was formed in 1922.
    Since then he’s worked hard to be anti-conservative.
    Why? Self preservation.
    Without that anti-Rudd-Gillard-Rudd factor in the electorate there’s a pretty good chance the traditional Labor seat will go back to the ALP, thus relegating Craig to the ignominious ‘One Term Wonder Club’.
    Then it’s back to pulling beer at one of dad’s pubs (Arthur Laundy owns 30 Sydney pubs, and has a personal worth of around $500m)
    What to do? What to do?
    Turn radically left.
    He has:
    Slapped down PM Tony Abbott, when Laundy loudly and publicly opposed changes to Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act, forcing Abbott’s hand to dump his election promise to repeal the odious section of the Act which smothers free speech
    1. Slapped down PM Tony Abbott when Abbott said the ABC acts in a way that “instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.” Laundy defended the ABC’s right to be biased, saying it is not the role of the ABC to be patriotic.
    2. Opposed Israel and supports Palestine. Laundy is the co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine group. On 5 June 2104, the Abbott Government announced the term “occupied” would no longer be used to describe East Jerusalem. Laundy publicly opposed the shift in language, saying the area was “occupied” by armed Israeli forces.
    3. Demanded an increase of Syrian refugees to 20,000 when PM Abbott said Australia would accept 12,000 persecuted refugees.
    4. Publicly applauded and supported Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs’ attacks on the Abbott Government when Abbott questioned her political partisanship. Laundy told Triggs to keep doing her job, telling her, “My door is always open to you.”
    So why would a so-called Liberal MP (who admits he comes from a “Labor family from all sides”) turn on his own party and especially his PM, Tony Abbott, who backed Laundy in his seat preselection, above others, despite Laundy never having been a Liberal Party member until an opportune 18 months before the 2013 election? (Q. Would you really want Laundy in the trenches with you?)
    When you take a close look at Loundy’s voter base you’ll find he has the Liberal seat with the biggest Muslim representation.
    According to the 2011 census, the seat of Reid is one of Sydney’s key migrant electorates with the nation’s fourth highest proportion of Muslim residents, the fifth highest proportion of residents born overseas and the fifth highest proportion born overseas in a non-English speaking country. The electorate also has the seventh lowest proportion of residents of Christian faith and has fast growing populations from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Sudan and Somalia, all Muslim majority countries.
    Golly, those dots linked up pretty quickly.
    So back to Laundy rubbishing Australians who are ‘wrong’ and ‘not well informed’ on Islam.
    Questions for Craig Laundy:
    1. Have you ever asked your Muslim constituents if they’ve read the Qur’an?
    2. Have you asked your Muslim constituents if they agree with everything in the Qur’an?
    3. Have you ever read the Qur’an?
    4. If you have read the Qur’an, which of the 100+ Qur’anic verses calling for terror and death to 5. unbelievers do you believe Australians are ‘wrong’ and ‘not well informed’ about?
    5. If you haven’t read the Qur’an does that make you ‘not very well informed’?
    There are also a few questions for the Liberal Party to answer.
    1. Were you aware of Laundy’s extreme left Green position before they preselected him?
    2. Were you aware of Laundy’s coming from a “Labor family from all sides”?
    3. Do you support Laundy’s non-conservative positions?
    4. Will you be endorsing Laundy as the Liberal party candidate at this year’s Federal election?
    If the Libs do re-endorse Laundy that’s a clear signal to the party faithful of the future direction of the party.
    If the Libs decide they’re not Labor-Green lite and give Laundy the flick, Craig Laundy could well seek preselection with the Greens, his natural home.

  2. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-16/abbott-islam-comments-megaphone-politics-minister-says/7033074

    Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is a nasty piece of work:

    Tony Abbott needs ‘reality check’ over Islam comments, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells says
    By political reporter Stephanie Anderson
    Updated 16 Dec 2015, 3:12pm

    Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Tony Abbott.
    PHOTO: Concetta Fierravanti-Wells described Tony Abbott’s comments as simplistic. (AAP: Lukas Coch)
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    A Federal Government frontbencher has warned former prime minister Tony Abbott’s comments on Islam could threaten Australia’s relationship with its closest neighbours.

    Mr Abbott called for a religious revolution within Islam last week and suggested western cultures are superior.

    Writing in today’s Australian newspaper, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Concetta Fierravanti-Wells described such comments as simplistic and lacking an understanding of the basic facts about Islam.

    Senator Fierravanti-Wells, who did not refer to Mr Abbott by name, said “megaphone politics” were a potentially dangerous distraction.

    “Recently we have seen calls for a reformation of Islam. This requires a reality check and some basic facts being instilled into the debate,” she said.

    “Our neighbour [Indonesia] is the largest Muslim country, where not only does moderate Islam prevail but the coexistence of the diversity of faiths and tolerance is a good example for others to follow.

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    VIDEO: Watch an excerpt of Tony Abbott’s interview (ABC News)
    “Megaphone politics not only distracts from this, but has implications for our relationships with our neighbours.”

    Senator Fierravanti-Wells said, instead of reform or revolution, a “more realistic and achievable approach” lay in ensuring imams preach a modern and moderate interpretation of the Koran.

    In an interview with Sky News last week, Mr Abbott stated there need to be a “religious revolution inside Islam”.

    “All of those things that Islam has never had — a Reformation, an Enlightenment, a well-developed concept of the separation of church and state — that needs to happen,” Mr Abbott said.

    “All cultures are not equal and, frankly, a culture that believes in decency and tolerance is much to be preferred to one which thinks that you can kill in the name of God, and we’ve got to be prepared to say that.”

    Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism Michelle Rowland praised Senator Fierravanti-Wells for her comments, saying she has “shown the leadership Malcolm Turnbull has failed to show”.

    Ms Rowland said the Prime Minister should have repudiated Mr Abbott’s comments.

    “The fact that he failed to do so is a fundamental failure of judgement on his part,” she said.

    “The Australian Muslim community has been working with our police and security agencies to counter violent extremism. This is crucial work.”

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