Trump is not merely ignorant. He is also supremely confident and feels superior — the most dangerous kind of idiot
One of the things to watch out for in politics is the false binary. Once you start looking for them, you’ll notice, like a word whose definition you’ve just discovered, that they’re everywhere. “Doing nothing is not an option,” politicians will tell you when they’re trying to sell an unpopular policy. Usually, in these situations, the other side isn’t proposing “doing nothing” – they’re just proposing doing something different. But in the zero-sum game of political rhetoric, a detailed explanation of the subtle gradations of various pathways doesn’t get you very far.
Malcolm Turnbull has suggested all Australians spend a day resting up on Monday, to ensure that the nausea caused by seeing Tony Abbott and Pauline Hanson make awkward small talk has totally passed.
“I pressed play accidentally myself on Friday and I’m still making regular trips to the bathroom,” Mr Turnbull explained this morning. “Lucy spent most of the night hunched over the toilet bowl”.
Health experts have applauded the move, saying there were psychological impacts to consider too. “This was unexpected and quite gruesome. I particularly worry about any young children who have seen this video,” psychologist Tara Hubert said. “There may be delayed reactions – people can expect to feel quite unsettled for some time. The images could well linger in our minds for months”.
Now under new management – that is, James Ashby – Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has just had its first purge.
Source: One Nation: Under new management
Australians have a right to be fearful about the rise of terrorism, Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour says.
In an open letter to readers Amy McQuire, Michael Brull, and Samah Sabawi call for strong ties across communities to counter the rising tide of racism, wherever it comes from. George Fredrikson was the Edgar E Robinson Professor of History at Stanford University, and his academic specialty was racism. He observed that in late 19thMore
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce rejects the policies of senator-elect Pauline Hanson, as a Coalition backbencher suggests banning Muslim immigration from areas considered hotspots of violent extremism.
Saying it was becoming too easy for some people to hide their Muslim identity, One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson has called for the implementation of an identification badge or symbol to be worn by Muslims in Australia.
The plea comes after Ms Hanson’s appearance on Q&A, where she realised she had been tricked into thinking Labor Senator Sam Dastyari was not Muslim.
The firebrand politician said there are a number of ways the identification system could work. “Maybe it’s a badge. Maybe it’s a small piece of cloth that they pin on their shirt. It doesn’t have to be complicated. We just need to know where they are”.
A far-right blogger took offence at the event and called for followers to give the Lord Gladstone a bad rating. But with some help from the Halal Snack Pack Appreciation Society, the pub hit back. Max Chalmers reports. A Sydney pub will go ahead with an anti-Pauline Hanson themed event, despite receiving threats to theMore
A hand grenade is about to enter the House and its name is James Ashby, writes Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones.
The politics of Hansonism haven’t changed during the past two decades. By contrast, Australian society has moved on.
Incoming senator Derryn Human Headline Hinch lambasts the anti-Islam policies of new Upper House colleague Pauline Hanson.
Race Discrimination Commissioner warns Pauline Hanson’s anti-Muslim and Asian comments could unleash hatred and violence.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has been hospitalised and was in a serious condition tonight after discovering some people are simultaneously Asian and Muslim.
“Until now she just assumed they were two separate evils that could be tackled individually. The realisation hit her pretty hard,” a One Nation staffer said.
“When you consider that Asians are ruining Australia and Muslims are ruining Australia too, who knows what sort of damage an Asian Muslim could do to this country. We could be swamped by terrorists”.
He said staffers held back from informing Ms Hanson that the number of people containing both attributes may run into the hundreds of millions. “I’m not sure she would have survived that statistic,” he said.
By Arthur Plottier More extreme-right senators in Canberra. Notably one Pauline Hanson. I am absolutely flabbergasted how people can vote for an individual that promotes social instability, racism and hate. So far on the AEC count she has over 112,000 votes in the Senate. The possibility of One Nation having one, two or three seats…
Far-right One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is pushing for a royal commission into climate science and Islam and wants to abolish the Family Law Court, in an extreme policy agenda set to frustrate a future government trying to pass laws through the Senate.
Radicalised and radicalising, Hanson represents a crop of anti-Muslim agitators currently running for Parliament. Incredibly, in a video released in the wake of the Orlando tragedy, her rhetoric has extended anti-Muslim politics to an even darker place, writes Max Chalmers. If Pauline Hanson was brown, there would be government taskforces trying to make connections withMore
We do not need to shame or silence women, or make them think that they are a burden on the system, so women shrink even more and create a bigger space for men who are victims of domestic violence.…
Controversial Senate candidate Pauline Hanson has criticised a campaign to stop the bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, saying it is time to accept that the experimentation with colour hasn’t worked.“Australians are sick and tired of all these different colours taking over our reef. Well enough’s enough. This is Australia. This is our culture. And if you want to be part of our reef then you need to adopt our colour, which is white,” Ms Hanson said.The former politician, who is hoping to gain a Queensland Senate seat at the upcoming election, said she wasn’t surprised the reef was now split into white and coloured areas. “They [the coloured coral] simply refuse to integrate”.
Like Pauline Hanson two decades ago and the European nationalists today, Donald Trump appeals to voters abandoned by globalisation and betrayed by politicians.
Pauline Hanson, Minister for Immigration in the Liberal-One Nation coalition, looks into the camera and says: “Australia is closed for asylum seekers coming by boat.” If Australia had followed Europe, this would be a plausible scenario.
As fact is sorted from fiction about recent incidents involving members of Australia’s Muslim communities. The media is not making any effort to minimise the hysteria that is developing. To constantly speculate about aspects that have no foundation will cause great harm.
Publishing the wrong photo of the man who attacked two police officers in Melbourne’s South-East by the Fairfax media this week was disgraceful. The ramifications of such an error could have been enormous if any subsequent harm came to the innocent man concerned.
Prior to the 1990s, there was no issue in our country with Muslims. There may well have been an underlying, simmering degree of discontent in certain quarters.
There are people among us who continually harbour a suspicion that those who are different and culturally unusual, are somehow a threat to our way of life. Ignorance breeds contempt. Many in the community are already spooked enough.
A man paying too much attention to his iPad causes Sydney Airport’s Terminal 3 to go into lockdown. A Virgin Airlines low level fly over at the MCG on Saturday, caused an AFP officer to reach for his gun.
What has made our country so tolerant and so successful at peaceful integration in the past has much to do with our egalitarianism, the absence of a class structure and our layback approach. Up until 1996, immigration was always managed on a bipartisan policy agreement.
It enabled a post-Vietnam War exodus of refugees to seek a safe haven here with not so much as a whimper of opposition. They came in their thousands and in a matter of a few years had established themselves as hard working, diligent members of society. It was just what we needed.Our already broad cosmopolitan make-up was richer for the experience.
When her One Nation Party had won over a large chunk of Liberal voters in a Queensland State election, that was the beginning of the end of immigration bipartisanship in Australian politics.
Just 5 years later, John Howard seized an opportunity to win an election with the Tampa incident by appealing to the same racially minded mentality. From that point on, to our national shame, the issue of immigration and management of refugees has become a game of political football.
But it wasn’t Asians that bore the brunt of this new degenerate attitude. Greatly assisted by our engagement in a falsely contrived war in Iraq, the fear of Muslims became a dark, festering disease covertly encouraged by certain sections of the media. Its nakedly, aggressive manner is a blight on a once welcoming nation and is covertly urged on by vested political interests.
In 2011, Scott Morrison, as Opposition Immigration spokesman, “urged the shadow cabinet to capitalise on the electorate’s growing concerns about “Muslim immigration”, “Muslims in Australia” and the “inability” of Muslim migrants to integrate.”
And, we know the mindset of Scott Morrison. We also know the mindset of Cory Bernadi. Who else in government thinks this way? By their actions, or lack of them, we will know them. How can we possibly begin to reverse this attitude when government members are so vocal?
Democracy does not serve us well when elected representatives act in a manner that creates division. It is counterproductive. It may suit the interests of some but in the long term, everyone pays.