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December 12, 2005

Political correctness is finally over

The One Nation phenomenon emerged after the 1996 election, when Pauline Hanson, a disendorsed Liberal candidate who was elected as the independent member for Oxley in Queensland, used her first speech to Parliament to attack multiculturalism and reconciliation and allege that Asian immigration was leading to the formation of ghettos in Australia, and later formed the One Nation Party. Howard was slow to criticise the views expressed by Hanson when compared with his opponents and liberal party collegues, and his initial public reaction was to comment that he thought it good that the years of "political correctness" were finally over.


Some saw Howard's lukewarm response to Hansonism as indicating either tacit support for its sentiments (especially given his 1988 comments on Asian immigration), or concern not to alienate conservative voters who agreed with the One Nation's position.


Hey Johnny, you got what you wanted, "political correctness" is finally over - this is what it looks like

race riots in Australia
Photo Sydney Morning Herald

You've been in government nearly a decade. You've paid the race card, the nationalism card, the us and them card cunningly well for that time. This is the wages of your sin.

You were a racist in the 1970s when you opposed your own governments Racial Discrimination Act, a racist in the late 80's with your anti chinese-Australian sentiments and comment, a racist in the 90s with your weasley psuedo criticism of Hanson, and a damned racist now. You'll be gone soon enough, but those of us decades longer will be living with your grubby legacy, and cleaning up the crap long after you've shuffled on the political stage, and this mortal coil.

Thanks for nothing. I am ashamed of my society, but not entirely surprised. "Relaxed and comfortable" now are we?

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More and more often these days I find myself embarrassed to be Australian. What a bunch of stupid losers we are.

Posted by: Sara Lander | Dec 12, 2005 10:37:40 AM

It's funny how when a gang of "middle eastern' youths attack some life savers, it is (rightly) seen as outrageous.

When a gang of 'anglo-celtic' youths attack police and ambulance officers? I guess they've been doing that since Ned Kelly - sure, they hanged him but his reputation is on the up and up.

Me? Well, with dual citizenship it would be nice to lay claim to the other one when things like this happen, but unfortunately Great Britain has its own share of racist troubles.

Spend some time wearing brown skin in this country (I've had over 12,000 days) and you'll see what lies beneath our tolerant nation.

Posted by: Anura | Dec 12, 2005 11:53:48 AM

Why are we (We, the human race and We, Australia) so damn afraid of anything we don't completely understand and control??

So afraid; so pathetically afraid :'(

Posted by: Andrew K. | Dec 12, 2005 6:26:43 PM

I have never been so ashamed of "patriotism". These arseholes hiding behind Aussie, Aussie, Aussie chants were a bloodlusting mob one step away from a very dangerous next level.
Be wary of John Moffitt (Australia First Party) he was there egging the crowd on handuing out anti-multiculturalism propaganda!!
I am ashamed that any Australian could commit such acts.

Posted by: Ryan P. McDonough | Dec 12, 2005 8:34:21 PM

So glad you made this post.

Did you see the SMH article mentioning John Moffit and his political thugs who were cooking sausage sandwiches and handing out propangha with smiles on their faces when people were being beaten and abused?


What an absolute disgrace.

Posted by: Tim Lucas | Dec 12, 2005 8:35:41 PM

Good on you John, you're such a good example for when your daughter grows up. We'll happily come to jail with you when you're convicted of sedition!

Posted by: Deb Lander | Dec 12, 2005 9:12:10 PM

Do you seriously expect us to believe that John Howard is responsible for these people's behaviour simply because he did not speak out against Pauline Hanson soon enough to please you or left wing interest groups? What about the individuals involved taking responsibility for their own actions?

And do you seriously expect us to believe that racism of this level did not exist in Australia before John Howard came to office?

Your dislike of John Howard and your left wing political views are stopping you from being rational.

The cause of the violence in Cronulla is a loss of law and freedom. Mobs and gangs of any race, creed or colour are able to roam public places without little or no penalty. This cause is not being addressed by politicians or the media. Your assigning John Howard the blame for this event, rather than the individuals in the mobs and gangs who should take responsibility for their actions, is incomprehensible.

Posted by: Dale | Dec 12, 2005 9:48:12 PM

Dale: To ignore the influence of our leader's policies and attitudes by placing the blame solely on the individuals is far from rational.

It's not about finding somebody to blame or pushing a certain political agenda, its about taking a look at the bigger picture to plan for long term social stability.

Posted by: Tim Lucas | Dec 13, 2005 8:35:29 AM

Tim: John Howard's influence on the 'Aussie' mob and the ethnic gangs at Cronulla is limited. Please explain how John Howard's 'racism' is the major reason for these individuals being racist and violent. Do you really think the 'Aussie' mob and the ethnic gangs are John Howard's robots, carrying out some reaction to a White Australia policy that Howard has subliminated into their brains!? This is what John is suggesting - putting the blame solely at John Howard's feet and stating it will take decades to fix.

And please don't suggest that John is doing this to "look at the bigger picture to plan for long term social stability". He has picked a simplistic cause and has not suggested any way to plan for long term stability. This post is just a left-wing rant.

Posted by: Dale | Dec 13, 2005 11:18:36 PM

Dale: your suggestion that John thinks there is some kind of conspiracy involving nebulous figures sitting at baize covered tables and controlling their agents is a tired straw man argument. Of course no on here would think that.

John Howard (and the rest of his government can't evade responsibility for this I'm afraid) has created an environment, a culture, in which this kind of behaviour is acceptable. How he has done this is well documented, dating back to his response to Pauline Hanson


and then the Tampa and children overboard incidents.


And now this latest affair.

But these are only the major landmarks in his dog whistling career. I'm not sure if you're familiar with that term. It's a political technique whereby you tilt at saying something is "quite bad", in order to reassure decent liberal people that you are "ok", but don't condemn it outright, in this way keeping onside the ugly racist Alan Jones listening rednecks.

So, for example here, Howard has of course said that no one should take the law into their own hands, but at the same time he has acknowledged that there may well be legitimate grievances. I think that's quite a fair reading of this piece here, from the smh a couple of days back:

"Plus there’s an accumulated sense of grievance - the full extent of which I don’t pretend to know."

Mr Howard said he fully supported the actions of police at Cronulla and anybody who broke the law yesterday or on the previous weekend, when two lifeguards and a camera crew were assaulted, should be apprehended and prosecuted.

He warned anyone considering further violent behaviour would face the full force of the law.

"Nobody in this country has a right to take the law into their own hands."


In this way, the ignorant, the petty, the narrow minded, the ugly and small in all of us is told "it's ok to feel like that". True leadership of course doesn't bludgeon us for these weaknesses, but on the other hand it does show us that we can be something better.

Posted by: Maxine Sherrin | Dec 14, 2005 8:42:43 AM

get that gook!

thats why i love australia

Posted by: yankee | May 26, 2006 10:39:20 PM

Stop beating yourselves up. There is nothing wrong with being proud to be Australian. And why is it wrong for people who get enough of PC bullshit to stand up to the PC thugs but ok for the PC spouting cunts to put a foot up the ass!

Posted by: chickfuzz | Nov 23, 2010 8:34:26 PM