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Useful idiot Bob Hawke
* Another $ 10 million down the tube for a BS-centre designed to put lipstick on a pig. Its only purpose is to promote Islam Down Under, and of course its all our fault that there is so much ‘misinformation and prejudice’….
Former prime minister Bob Hawke hopes a new research centre in Adelaide will help policy makers around the world build more harmonious relationships with Muslims.
The centre, based at the University of South Australia, has been officially opened by Mr Hawke.
He instigated the research centre to focus on the cultural construction of the Muslim world, rather than on theology and politics.Â Mr Hawke lobbied the Federal Government to give $7 million for the project and the South Australian Government to give $3 million.
“What this centre of excellence is about is to increase understanding, to dispel ignorance and to provide a basis for better policy for leaders and for better attitudes of our own people,” he said.
Also attending the launch, SA Premier Mike Rann said Australia needed to get over perceptions of prejudice towards Muslims if it wanted to increase trade with the Middle East.
Mr Rann thinks the research centre will add to Adelaide’s reputation as a university city and support development of better international policy.
“The Middle East is crucial to us in terms of future economic prosperity, just as China is,” he said.
“But there is so much misinformation and prejudice and we’ve got to get over that and start engaging in a positive way, both economically abroad and socially at home.”