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PM Fails Australia As Racist Division Continues: Brown

As Sydney’s southern suburbs were beset by mob violence for the second day, the leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, said the Prime Minister had “failed the nation”.

Brown accused John Howard of engaging in “dog-whistle politics”, an allegation first levelled at the Liberal leader over his attitude to Pauline Hanson in 1996 and asylum-seekers in 2001. [Read more…]


Howard Claims No ‘Underlying Racism’ In Australia; Cautions Against ‘Rush To Judgement’

John Howard, says he does “not accept that there is underlying racism in this country”.

John HowardSpeaking at a press conference today, the Prime Minister said: “I think it’s important that we do not rush to judgement about these events.”

As he did when Pauline Hanson arrived on the political scene in 1996, Howard steered a course through the political and racial minefield arising from the riots in Cronulla and Maroubra yesterday. Whilst “unconditionally” condemning the violence, and repudiating attacks on people based on race, appearance, or ethnicity, Howard argued that “this is first and foremost a question of the application of the law of this country”.

Howard went on to say that “it would be an enormous mistake if we began to wallow in generalised self-criticism, because the overwhelming majority of Australians have the proper instincts and decent attitudes and decent values.” He said that “newcomers to this country must embrace our values” and “those who were born here must respect and accept as fellow Australians, those who have chosen to make this country their home.” [Read more…]


Iemma Announces Police Strike Force To Combat Race Violence

The NSW Premier, Morris Iemma, has announced the formation of a police strike force to combat the violence that erupted around Sydney’s southern beaches yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference with the Police Minister, Carl Scully, and the Commissioner of Police, Ken Moroney, Iemma condemned the violence at Cronulla yesterday afternoon and at Maroubra last night. [Read more…]