This weekend, there were race riots in Australia.
This didn’t happen in the US. It didn’t happen in Israel or Palestine. It didn’t happen in Iraq, Syria, Sudan or West Africa. It happened in our cities and our towns.
And instead of condemning it, a member of the sitting Government attended one of these rallies – with the full knowledge of the PM.
Today, Coalition MP George Christensen spoke at one of these rallies in support of the group that calls itself “Reclaim Australia’. He wrote in the Guardian today that “Hell would freeze over” before anyone stopped him attending the rally.
— Jonathan Hair (@JonathanHair) July 19, 2015
Christensen says that he read the manifesto of Reclaim Australia and there was nothing in there that dissuaded him from attending the rally. He wrote in The Guardian, “I would not attend if this group had been expressing values such as: we are against Islam..”.
The fact that Reclaim Australia is anti-Islam is not a surprise to anyone but Christensen. On the front page of the Reclaim Australia website is a lament that Australians are now no longer free to criticise Islam, “yet We are not the terrorists. We are not the beheaders. We are not the bombers”. These are the words of a group “against Islam” in every meaningful respect. Even if Christensen is correct and Reclaim Australia as an organisation is not racist, there is no doubt that its rallies are racist. Extremely so. A quick look at the placards carried and the speeches made at the Reclaim Australia rallies this weekend make that very clear.