Wednesday 20 July 2016
The debacle that was Pauline Hanson on Q&A Monday night serves to remind us just how counterproductive appearances on television by people like her can be. This was manifestly demonstrated by the person who suggested that instead of bringing people together as ‘One Nation’ she was actually dividing us.
You cannot deny her right to be heard, of course. All we can do is counter it with the truth.
I don’t think I have ever seen a leader of a political party so unable to factually articulate just what it is she believes in. So appalling was her appearance on the show that I actually felt a tinge of sadness for this woman that surrounds herself with ill-informed people who feed her the garbage she espouses.
People say that she should be respected for the fact that she has gained a seat or two in the senate. If by this they mean respect for the institution of which she will be a member, that’s fine. If they mean respect for what she and her party represent then I’m sorry. She is a racist of the worst kind. One who hasn’t a clue as to what she is talking about.
Instead of reacting with anger at her absurd inability to apply judicious thought to her many wrong assumptions we should with logical and reasonable redress set the facts right. This is how Sam Dastyari managed to ridicule her. He put a simple proposition to Miss Hanson about her policy of ending Muslim immigration:
“When I look at Ms Hanson’s policy document that says we should be banning Muslims from coming to this country, I have to ask: does that mean that a five-year-old Sam Dastyari should never have been able to set foot in Australia, because somewhere in Tehran there’s a document that says beside my name the word ‘Muslim’, because of where I was born?”
Hanson in disbelief looked at Dastyari as if she was looking at a vampire.
“Are you a Muslim?” she asked. “Really?” with incredulity she looked ready to go for his jugular.
Dastyari suggested Hanson was mocking him to undermine his point about immigration, but she seemed like she wanted blood but couldn’t get her teeth into him.
“You’re a practising Muslim? This is quite interesting,” she said. “I’m surprised. I did not know that about you.”
Larissa Waters, the Queensland Greens senator, interjected: “Why, because he doesn’t have three heads?”
All Hanson could manage to do was look at him like he was some sort of freak.
The whole programme was like watching a character implosion of the worst kind. The audience asked intelligent questions and received answers straight out of the Pauline Hanson book of untruthful answers.
“We are a Christian country and I don’t believe that Islam is compatible with our culture and our way of life.”
We are not and the next census will prove it.
“People in Australia are in fear because they can’t walk in the streets.”
The last time I went to Melbourne it was its usual congested self.
Q&A audience member, Cronulla man Khaled Elomar, got it right when he said he explained Islamophobia to his son by showing the 11-year-old videos of Ms Hanson.
“You are creating a dysfunctional country by isolating a religion, 20 years ago isolating a race, and if you keep on going down this track I will fear for my wife’s life, I will fear for my kid’s life,” he said.
Sam Dastyari also got it right when he said that Hanson had been at it for twenty years. First it was our indigenous folk then Asians and now Muslims.
But let’s put aside her outrageous performance on the Q&A program and look at the bare facts of what she actually represents.
Pauline Hanson has made a list of demands to Malcolm Turnbull for her support of his new government in the Senate.
They include the following (with some added historical facts in italics):
A. Abolish the Family Court.
The Family Court of Australia was established in 1976 by the passing of the Family Law Act 1975. It has made it fairer and easier for married couples and families to resolve disputes.
B. Ban the certification and sale of Halal food in Australia.
She wants Halal certified food banned in prisons or the armed services as Halal certification is being “used to fund Islamic terrorist organisations” (One Nation HALAL CERTIFICATION Policy Statement 2016).Halal certification in Australia began in 1974.
A number of Australian federal inquiries have already been done into alleged links between Halal certification and terrorism and none has been found.
C. Ban all people from Muslim countries from migrating to Australia.
People from Muslim countries have been settling in Australia since at least 1860.
More recently many have made a fine contribution to Australia. This of course is based on her statement that people are afraid to walk the streets. It is a spurious argument and needs to be looked at with some disdain. It seems that it is one thing to, at the drop of a hat, find $500 million to train foreign soldiers in a far off land and $632million for ASIO to fight a terrorist threat (April 2015) that has resulted in 113 deaths in 36 (On Australian soil) years but cut funding for Suicide and Domestic violence that will combined, probably result in the deaths of around 3500 this year. Where is the objective thinking?
When there is no reasoned thought we are left to conclude that it’s racism.
Do we ban young good-looking long-haired blue-eyed boys from entering Tasmania?
Do we ban men from teaching in Catholic schools?
D. Ban the establishment of all new mosques in Australia and require the installation of CCTV cameras in existing mosques to be monitored by Australian security forces (One Nation Islam Policy Statement April 26, 2016).
The first mosque in Australia was built-in 1861 at Marree, South Australia. The Great Mosque of Adelaide was built-in 1888 by the descendants of the Afghan cameleers.
To deny people a place of worship must surely be a crime in itself.
E. Reintroduce the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the Australian Defence Force.
The ban on LGBTs in the Australian military was lifted in 1992.
If my life was in danger and the only one who save me was gay, I don’t think I would discriminate. Ashby is now advising her. I wonder how he feels about this. Perhaps she is that ignorant she doesnt know he is gay.
F. Stop federal funding of immunisation programmes as “vaccines may cause autism”.
(Pauline Hanson Tuesday, 5 July 2016). Australian government funding of childhood vaccination commenced in 1932 and is based solely on science. Perhaps an enquiry into where she gets he information from would be more advisable.
G. A Royal Commission “into the corruption of climate science”, the CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
(One Nation AFFORDABLE ENERGY – CLIMATE SCIENCE Policy Statement 2016).
Prime Minister Tony Abbott attempted to set up an investigation into alleged ‘exaggerated’ Bureau of Meteorology temperature data in September 2014.
The suggestion was thrown out by Abbott’s own Cabinet.
At the time Prime Minister Abbott cited articles published by the Australian newspaper by far Right commentators who “accused [the bureau] of altering its temperature data records to exaggerate estimates of global warming”. Ban wind turbines in Australia. AFFORDABLE ENERGY – CLIMATE SCIENCE Policy Statement 2016).
This suggestion borders on madness and after many years of peer group back up confirmation of the science it is now universally accepted as fact. But with an adviser like Malcolm Roberts you can see why they are so deluded.
Pauline Hanson has been getting her facts wrong for as long as she has been opening her ubiquitous mouth. We all really, rather than allowing her too much prime time, need to defeat her twaddle with factual truth.
Mt thought for the day.
“I don’t mind you having a different opinion to me but please don’t create your own facts to support your view.”