The ghost of Pauline Hanson

The cat is well and truly out of the bag. On February 17, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Liberal-National immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, had urged the shadow cabinet to capitalise on the electorate’s growing concerns about “Muslim immigration”, “Muslims in Australia” and the alleged “inability” of Muslim migrants to integrate.

Morrison, the report continued, told the shadow cabinet meeting on December 1 at the Ryde Civic Centre that the Coalition should ramp up its questioning of “multiculturalism” and appeal to deep voter concerns about Muslim immigration and “inability” to integrate.

Putting that calculated racist divide-and-rule strategy into practice, Morrison attacked attacked the Guillard Labor government flying 22 asylum seekers from the Christmas Island refugee detention camp to Sydney for the funerals of eight people, including two babies, who died in the tragic shipwreck off the island last December.

The cruel inhumanity of the current political exploitation of racism was exposed when footage was widely screened on the television news when footage of a distraught, orphaned nine-year-old boy, Seena, who was flown from Christmas Island to Sydney for his parents’ funerals.

But this is precisely what we are not supposed to see and feel. Those waging the war of hate against refugees seek to prevent us from recognising our common humanity and responding with solidarity. All the better to get the public in Australia to accept that more than 1000 chidren like Seena can be locked up indefinitely in what psychologists have described as “factories for mental illness”. All the better for getting us to accept the unending wars abroad that are killing millions of innocent people and creating entire nations of displaced people and refugees.

Adolf Hitler used race hatred to justify sending millions to the concentration camps and gas chambers and today the politicians who are playing the race card against refugees are up to the same thing. That’s the ugly truth.

Labor treasurer Wayne Swan has accused the Coalition was “stealing sound bites from One Nation” but his government shares culpability for the rise of racism in Australia. The Gillard government’s shameful dogwhistles to racist voters is coming back to bite it.

Here is an example. There is a disgusting anti-Muslim chain email that is worming its way through the internet, entitled “Straight-talking Julia Gillard” and reads in part:

A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. I wish some leaders would step up in Canada & USA..

This woman should be appointed Queen of the World.. Truer words have never been spoken…

The whole world needs a leader like this!

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks…

Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote:

‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT.. Take It Or Leave It.

‘I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. ‘

‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’

‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!’

‘Most Australians (but not me) believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.’

‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves in Canada & USA , WE will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths.

If you agree please SEND THIS ON and ON, to as many people as you know.

This is one of many versions of a racist chain letter originally written in 2001 by a right-wing US commentator, Barry Loudermilk. The writer of this version hate chain-email has made up fictitious quotes from the Australian PM. The same quotes were previously attributed to former PM John Howard and later to Kevin Rudd when he was PM.

However, Gillard’s disgraceful political channelling of Pauline Hanson in the wake of her takeover from Kevin Rudd last year is coming back to haunt her and to divide us.

This and this is what PM Gillard has actually said about refugees and spying on mosques.

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2 Comments to “The ghost of Pauline Hanson”

  1. The thing that gets me is if we didnt purposely go around causing civil unrest in other countries then thered be no reason for political and religious asylum seekers as theyd be happy where they are.

    we go in with our “just wars” and displace them, then complain when they are hungry at our shores.

    we are “fixing” the iraqi problem of governance but refuse to take them in when theyre worried for their lives?

    • Yes Moe. Even more twisted is the fact that this racist campaign against refugees helps justify Australia’s military involvement in the very wars that continue to displace millions of people.

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