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Senator's 'White Australia' speech sparks uproar

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    dubteedub
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    I miss the days when white nationalists just used racist dog whistles to communicate their hatred and bigotry to their followers. It seems that there has been a huge rise in white supremacist...

    Senator Fraser Anning used his first speech in parliament on Tuesday to call for a return to a "White Australia" immigration policy that reflects the "European Christian composition of society," echoing a policy that barred people of non-European descent from immigrating. The policy was abolished in 1973.

    "I believe that the reasons for ending all further Muslim immigration are both compelling and self-evident," Anning, a member of the right-wing Katter's Australian Party (KAP), told a mostly empty hall of lawmakers.

    "While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?" he asked, going on to claim Muslims are the least able to integrate, don't work and are welfare dependent.

    He later called for a national vote on immigration, saying the "the final solution to the immigration problem is of course a popular vote," not a decision by a government.

    I miss the days when white nationalists just used racist dog whistles to communicate their hatred and bigotry to their followers.

    It seems that there has been a huge rise in white supremacist politicians gaining footholds around the world in the last few years and it is incredibly disturbing.

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        Batcow
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        The Australian situation is actually fairly different. According to this report by the Australian Institute of Criminology, Jihadists are the most significant terror threat in Australia at the...

        The Australian situation is actually fairly different. According to this report by the Australian Institute of Criminology, Jihadists are the most significant terror threat in Australia at the moment. We (thankfully) don't have many right-wing terrorist incidents at all. There is a limitation to the information we have available, because we don't really have systems in place to track political motivations of violence, so there's a chance that there's more right-wing incidents going on than we realise, but the AIC place jihadism first and right-wing second at the moment, with more research needed.

        I obviously in no way support Anning's speech or any of the sentiment in it, and am not trying to imply that his ideology or plans have any merit. Just filling you in on the current situation.

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          1. Batcow
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            It's also worth noting that though isalmic terrorism is the leading form of violent extremism in Australia, the AIC report does conclude that our overall violence rates are small when compared to...

            It's also worth noting that though isalmic terrorism is the leading form of violent extremism in Australia, the AIC report does conclude that our overall violence rates are small when compared to similar countries, so the far right are still absoutely trying to make a mountain out of a molehill here.

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    2. 39hp
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      Honestly, I'm trying to figure out if this is some kind of resurgence or if I'm just seeing without my rose colored glasses -- and I don't know which of those two possibilities is worse.

      Honestly, I'm trying to figure out if this is some kind of resurgence or if I'm just seeing without my rose colored glasses -- and I don't know which of those two possibilities is worse.

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    3. Batcow
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      Yeah, it's appalling. On the bright side, multiple MPs and senators spoke up about how this is completely unacceptable, including the PM. "Line in the sand" was mentioned a few times. This is a...

      Yeah, it's appalling. On the bright side, multiple MPs and senators spoke up about how this is completely unacceptable, including the PM. "Line in the sand" was mentioned a few times. This is a turning point, and hopefully our government can steer us in the right direction by taking action, starting with censuring this facist, and doing their best to oust him come May.

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      Grzmot
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      I know the guy's an Australian, but does he really not see the problem with the rhetoric of proposing a final solution to the immigration problem? All you need to do is switch literally one word...

      I know the guy's an Australian, but does he really not see the problem with the rhetoric of proposing a final solution to the immigration problem? All you need to do is switch literally one word and it's a quote from Hitler. Besides, arguing that all terrorists are muslims is quite xenophobic.

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        1. Grzmot
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          Sounds to be like a classic extreme conservative banking on populism while getting money from corporations to let them earn even more money.

          Sounds to be like a classic extreme conservative banking on populism while getting money from corporations to let them earn even more money.

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      2. loz
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        In a typically rambling, bizarre statement by his party leader, Bob Katter, it was claimed that he just isn't that well read when it comes to history, so didn't know. Which is bullshit, I've never...

        In a typically rambling, bizarre statement by his party leader, Bob Katter, it was claimed that he just isn't that well read when it comes to history, so didn't know. Which is bullshit, I've never read a book on the third Reich and "final solution" has a very clear meaning and association, it comes up all over the place in popular culture.

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