Eric Abetz suggests Yassmin Abdel-Magied moves to an ‘Arab dictatorship’

Liberal Senator suggests Yassmin Abdel-Magied moves to an ‘Arab dictatorship’

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A LIBERAL senator has suggested outspoken Muslim feminist (?) Yassmin Abdel-Magied leave Australia for an “Arab dictatorship”.

Eric Abetz made the call — which Ms Abdel-Magied has described as “baffling” — after the controversial former ABC presenter called the government a “neoliberalism capitalist project” during a speech at a Canberra leadership forum this week.

Speaking on a panel at the Australian National University, Ms Abdel-Magied suggested the Australian parliamentary system had failed.

“The traditional parliamentary system, I mean look at the photo of the House of Representatives,” she said. “It doesn’t represent anyone.”

Yassmin Abdel-Magied spoke at an ANU event at the National Library in Canberra. Picture: Kym Smith

Yassmin Abdel-Magied spoke at an ANU event at the National Library in Canberra. Picture: Kym SmithSource:News Corp Australia

Asked by an audience member if there were alternative forms of government that might work “as western democracies falter”, she applauded the question and said it was assumed the “neoliberalism capitalist project” had worked for everyone.

Senator Abetz took issue with the comment, responding on Facebook, saying Ms Abdel-Magied was “effectively backing Arab dictatorships where forced marriages, genital mutilation and sexuality-based executions are legal and reprehensible”.

“If Ms Abdel-Magied thinks our system of government is so bad perhaps she should stop being a drain on the taxpayer and move to one of these Arab dictatorships that are so welcoming of women.”

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz suggested Yassmin leave the country in a strongly worded Facebook post. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz suggested Yassmin leave the country in a strongly worded Facebook post. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAPSource:AAP

Ms Abdel-Magied’s taxpayer funded projects were criticised after an Anzac Day Facebook post on Facebook which said “Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)”.

After the controversial post was brought to attention there were calls for the Ms Abdel-Magied to be replaced as presenter of ABC 24 program Australia Wide and removed from the taxpayer-funded Council for Australian Arab Relations.

Australian Wide has since been cancelled.

Ms Abdel-Magied told news.com.au she found the Mr Abetz’s response baffling.

“I find it baffling that Eric seems to have taken such a keen interest in my movements,” she said.

Yassmin feels unrepresented
Yassmin feels unrepresented

YASSMIN WILL SORT US OUT

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who consults Hizb ut-Tahrir on all the important issues, takes aim at Australia’s shameful democracy.

She knows everything, inshallah:

Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has declared Australia’s system of parliamentary democracy “doesn’t represent anyone”, and delivered a lecture on our inability to acknowledge that we live on “stolen land”.

The writer and mechanical engineer — whose ABC show was dumped last month — appeared on a panel at an Australian National University leadership forum in Canberra on Wednesday night.

Ms Abdel-Magied took a swipe at the media for taking the “easy option” and painting her as an “other” who poses a “threat”.

She’s mostly a threat to our taxes. Sounds like a fun night at the ANU:

Another audience member who identified himself as “Kevin” observed that there were alternatives to western democracies, such as theocracies in the Middle East and “relatively benign dictatorships” in Asia.

“Do you think that as western democracies falter and are unable to respond to policy challenges meaningfully, such as climate change, those alternative forms of governance and arranging society become even more popular and more attractive?” Kevin asked.

Ms Abdel-Magied said it was a great question because it the assumption that the “neoliberalist capitalist project” had worked for everyone.

It seems to be working for her. Still, there’s always the option of returning to Sudan.