An anti-halal campaigner, a former Army officer and the president of a secretive anti-Islam group have been unveiled as the first Senate candidates who will stand for a party set up by controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
The Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA) officially launched in Perth last night in a secret location with the outspoken Mr Wilders as its keynote speaker.
Media had to register in advance for the press conference that followed and were sent the location by text message, but word quickly spread and Mr Wilders was forced to talk over a small group of vocal protesters.
The Australian Liberty Alliance is a party fixated on stopping the spread of Islam.
Its policies include banning full face coverings in public, placing a 10-year moratorium on resident visa applications by people from Islamic countries and removing Australia from the UN charter of refugees.
It was inspired by Mr Wilders’ Party for Freedom, which won 12 per cent of the vote at the last general election in the Netherlands and has led 13 of the last 16 opinion polls.
The ALA is hoping for similar success and believes it will be able to capitalise on discontent within the Liberal Party over the change in leadership.
Anti-halal campaigner Kirralie Smith will stand for the Senate in NSW, while former Army officer and one-time Katter’s Australia Party candidate Bernard Gaynor, who was dumped by the KAP for anti-gay comments, will run in Queensland.
ALA party president Debbie Robinson will stand in Western Australia.
Ms Robinson is also president of the secretive anti-Islam group the Q Society – which funded Mr Wilders’ trip to Australia.
She told 7.30 the party had been two years in the making, since Mr Wilders’ last visit Australia.
“We’re not in this for a career as politicians, we’re genuinely concerned about what’s happening to Australia as a result of multiculturalism and the divisiveness that it’s causing and the damage that it’s doing to Australia,” she said.
Islam is not a race but a violent, totalitarian ideology. Every child knows that. ABC scribblers don’t. (SY)
Ms Robinson distanced herself from some of the more vocal anti-Islam groups and the kinds of protests recently seen in Bendigo over a mosque development, but she did not back away from some of the more provocative statements made by Mr Wilders.
7.30 asked Ms Robinson if she endorsed the Dutch politician’s comments labelling Islam a “retarded” and “barbaric” culture, likening the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and calling the Prophet Mohammed a “terrorist” and a “paedophile”.
“Well, I think if you study the Koran and look at the scriptures, I think you could come to some of those conclusions, that’s for sure,” she said.
Fears party will incite hatred, feed radical beliefs
Multiculturalism advocate Suresh Rajan said he was concerned Ms Robinson would support those statements.
“The statements are very very dangerous, they’re statements that will incite a great deal of hatred towards a group of people and they are without any basis whatsoever in fact,” he said.
Either Suresh Rajan is a Mohammedan taqiyya gigolo or clueless about Islam.
Not “a protester”. This is serial protester Seamus Doherty, a hired ratbag who makes an a$$ out of himself just to get into the spotlight. The guy is a pest from the Socialist Alliance.
Mr Rajan also expressed concerns about the Dutch politician’s visit and the creation of a new political party at a time when Australia was grappling with the growing threat of homegrown terror.
“Recruiters for a radicalisation campaign will be sitting back and looking at this campaign and saying ‘here is a person who is going to create disaffected youth, that’s my market, that’s the group that I want to tap into, Geert has done the work for me’,” he said.
So opposing Islamic jihad and Islamisation causes “disaffected youth” who want to kill infidels for the cause? Either Mr Rajan hasn’t got his faculties intact or he is turning himself into a pretzel with his reasoning.
Mr Rajan said any support the ALA received would be fed by blatant racism.
“All of the studies done in Australia indicate that about 10 per cent of the population actually harbours exceptionally racist attitudes,” he said.
“So we expect it will be roughly around 10 per cent that they will garner.”
It is a disgrace that the ABC journallie prints this imbecilic dreck.
West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam dismissed their chances at the next federal election.
This guy is the greatest tosser in the land.
“Nobody’s been able to establish I guess a really hard-line racist political formation in Australia,” he said.
“I’m really proud of that, I think there are good reasons for that and I think this attempt will fail too but the provocation and the attempt at establishing that kind of thing is actually tremendously harmful and actually quite risky.”
It is more likely that Ludlam will get his marching orders at the next elections.
Watch Lauren Day’s full report on 7.30 tonight on ABC TV.