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Thursday, October 29, 2009


Australian Liberal MP Kevin Andrews, an ex-immigration minister in John Howard’s government famed for his role in the notorious Dr. Haneef Affair in which Andrews insisted that Haneef, an Asian Muslim, be kicked out of Australia despite being found to have played no part whatsoever in any ‘terrorist plot’ that a relative was involved in, is now, again, demonising by inference Muslims that are in this country. Andrews is now calling for a debate on what he calls ‘Muslim enclaves’ in Australia.

Andrews call for the debate comes at a time when the debate about immigration and boatpeople is raging over the plight of a boatload of Sri Lankan refugees, all Tamil, who were recently rescued by an Australian ship when their own vessel was in imminent danger of sinking while on their way to seek asylum in Australia.

Andrews was speaking with Alan Jones, the ultra right-wing Sydney radio broadcaster and well known fellow Australian Islamophobe and racist agitator. Andrews told Jones that to “have a concentration of one ethnic or one particular group that remains in an enclave for a long period of time is not good”.

Andrews views are, of course, supported by other ‘journalists’ and ‘commentators’ in Murdoch’s Australian media stable. Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor for ‘The Australian’ newspaper, unashamedly demonises the current crop of asylum seekers as being ‘illegal immigrants’ ignoring altogether the fact that are not immigrants since they are not actually in Australia yet, and that there is absolutely nothing illegal about seeking asylum in Australia.

Naturally, Murdoch’s other propagandists working at some of Murdoch’s metro newspapers are also mounting a determined attack against these asylum seekers and Muslim immigration generally. Three of Murdoch’s most outrageous racist bloggers, Piers Akerman, Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt, have for days since the so-called ‘crisis’ began, all used their newspaper’s online hate sites to foment anti-Islam and anti-Asian racism.

Akerman in Sydney uses the propaganda of fear in his rhetoric endorsing the notion “that possible terrorists could slip into the nation among the asylum seekers the RAN is busily ferrying to our shores”. Akerman then leaves it the usual mob of bloggie followers that comment at all three blogs.

Tim Blair, also in Sydney, who’s not over-keen on actually writing too much himself preferring instead to cut and paste suitably cherry-picked quotes from other peoples work to make his point (that way, if it proves to be wrong, he can always blame someone else) works in a similar way to Akerman letting his coterie of predictable bloggies actually say what he might otherwise be sued for saying.

Andrew Bolt, Murdoch’s Melbourne propagandist, follows the predetermined demonising game plan but attacking Rudd from a slightly different angle saying: “Kevin Rudd’s dilemma is this: he must order the Sri Lankans to be forcibly evicted off the ship and into Indonesian jails, thereby looking the utter bastard and hypocrite. Or he must relent and bring the asylum seekers to Christmas Island, signally to people smugglers everywhere that all they need do now to get here is to do as these boat people did - send out a distress signal when near some Australian ship, after first disabling their own boat.” Bolt’s bloggies respond predictably.

For the sake of the those asylum seekers now in distress as a result of being used as the racists political football, and for the sake of others that wish to seek asylum in Australia, I hope that Rudd does the right thing for our fellow humans and gives them the refuge they seek here in Australia without any further delay and that we as Australians put an end once and for all this nonsense of abusing people who are different from us.


Anonymous said...

What is so hard to understand? White people of Europe, Australia, and the United States do not desire the company of Arabs, Jews, Asians, Africans, and Latin Americans. We don't want you. You're right. It's too much goddamn aggravation. I know that there are decent people amongst the other races. However, there are some goddamn bloody crazy ones who like to blow themselves up. Therefore, we want rid of all of you. Do you understand now? Go home to your goddamn sand. We don't want you here.

Anonymous said...

imagine id he wanted an enquiry ionto jewish enclaves?


Bibi's Lunatic Fringe said...

Andrews is the unfortunate but predictable product of a system so bi-partisanly corrupt that political donations of less than $9,999-00 need not be declared to the people who elect them in good faith and pay for their salaries, benefits, expenses and pensions. Like the British, Americans, Canadians, French, Germans etc. Australians have pollies who'd sell their grandmothers, and ours, for sums of money which are trifling in comparison to the cost to taxpayers of supporting them. has more info on the treachery of "the best politicians money (in brown paper bags) can buy."

orana gelar said...

G'day Damian, on Lateline last week I saw the Lib's Scott Morrison use an argument along these lines to wiggle out of a charge that the Libs are dog-whistling again: 'We're not racist, we support orderly immigration by refugees, just look at how many Africans we're happy to see come here from the refugee camps over there.'

He'd clearly forgotten what his colleague Kevin Andrews thought and did about those Africans.

Anonymous said...

So Damien...what exactly as these people "fleeing" when they've been in Indonesia for five years already? Seems that they fail the basic test of being an asylum seeker...that of being in immediate danger, wouldn't you say?

Damian Lataan said...

If they are found not to be genuine refugees then their application for asylum will be turned down. Simple as that.

The point is; they can't be processed while on a boat. If they want to come to Australia they should be processed in Australia. If they are found not to be bona fide refugees then they are repatriated.

Why spend money on Indonesia for a job that can be done here? The end result is the same except the process is far more humane and quicker in Oz than in Indonesia.

The only people that don't want these people here are racists; people who are paranoid about people from other cultures and religions and race.