Even Andrew Bolt thought this was racist

Published: Comments:
Australian Government Community Equality Law & Safety Political

This is an archived copy of an article. It is online for informational purposes only.
Social:   
**Content warning: homophobia and racism**
 
"I can't stand Muslims...[but] they are not all bad, they do chuck pillow-biters off buildings."1

That's a real quote from a fundraising dinner held by the far-right group and self-styled 'think-tank' The Q Society in Sydney last week. 

I felt scared when I read it – and all the other horrible things that were said at that dinner. Those lobbyists and media personalities were openly mocking and targeting my family and friends. They are attacking people in our community. 

And, as if it couldn't get any worse – Coalition MP George Christensen headlined the same event the next night in Melbourne. 

Australians know that the standard you walk past is the one you accept – and we can't let Malcolm Turnbull keep ignoring his MPs associations with organised homophobia and racism. We can't let this hate become normal. 

Will you join thousands of GetUp members calling on the Prime Minister to condemn George Christensen for being part of the Q Society fundraiser? 

Yes, I'll sign! 

Imagine it: a group of elite power-brokers, dressed up for a fancy dinner, boasting about hating people because of their culture. Laughing at the idea of people being killed for their sexuality. 

It's unbelievable any government politician would associate with that. But the Coalition's far-right now seems so desperate to import Trump-style politics they're not just attending this organisation's events – they're actively fundraising for them. 

ALP Senator Sam Dastyari has already written directly to Prime Minister Turnbull demanding that he ask members of his Government not to associate with the Q Society or their event.2 

Even Andrew Bolt found the comments too extreme3 and condemned them. 

The Prime Minister hasn't said a thing. But GetUp members aren't letting him get away with silence – and our message is already being picked up in the media. On Sunday we were mentioned in The Australian – right where Malcolm Turnbull least wants to see us, in the conservative press.4 

Now, we have to crank up the pressure. Together we need to make it clear the public won't let Malcolm Turnbull turn a blind eye to his far-right flank's involvement with openly racist and homophobic groups like Reclaim Australia and the Q Society. 

It's time for Malcolm Turnbull to decisively condemn George Christensen, and for all parliamentarians to take a stand against racism and bigotry. Add your name here: www.getup.org.au/condemn-christensen 

Comments like the ones at the Q Society dinner are dangerous – and we know from watching the US, when politicians start using extreme bigotry to win votes, it rapidly becomes the new normal. 

By acting together, we won't let that happen here. 

Thank you for taking a stand, 

Shen, Renaire and Aurora for the GetUp team 


References 
[1] 'Inside the far-right Q Society's explosive dinner, where Muslims are fair game,' Sydney Morning Herald, 10 February 2017 
[2] 'Ross Cameron defends appearance at dinner for anti-Islam Q Society,' The Australian, 10 February 2017 
[3] 'Defenders of Free speech must damn Pickering,' Herald Sun, 10 February 2017 
[4] 'Ross Cameron Q Society row an own goal, Cory Bernardi says', The Australian, 12 February 2017 
 
GetUp! Australia :
PO Box A105, Sydney South, NSW, 1235, Australia Wide
GetUp! Australia
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Shut down for speaking up 10 April 2018 | A parliamentary committee just savaged the Turnbull Government's advocacy gag-law.1 After months of investigations, the committee has released a scathing report that rejects whole sections of the Bill. It's a huge... More information...
Have you seen the new Green Electricity Guide? 06 April 2018 | The brand new Green Electricity Guide has just been published, with Greenpeace once again ranking GetUp's partner Powershop the greenest energy retailer in Australia!1 More information...
Wanna start a think-tank? 03 April 2018 | We narrowly escaped a $65 billion dollar handout to mega-corporations last week. It would have ripped money from our local schools and hospitals, and shipped it overseas to massive multinationals.1 More information...
The results are in 31 March 2018 | Thousands of GetUp members across the country have voted, and we can now reveal the campaigns that everyday Australians like you and me want our movement to win this year. More information...
We killed the corporate tax handout 28 March 2018 | Just days ago, a $65 billion tax cut that would slash taxes for mega-corporations was moments from becoming law.1 More information...
Australia's biggest cheating scandal 26 March 2018 | Prime Minister Turnbull is taking a hard line when it comes to the Australian Cricket Team's cheating scandal: "This is a shocking disappointment and it's wrong and I look forward to ... decisive action soon."1... More information...
Trigger Warning: Peter Dutton 22 March 2018 | Peter Dutton is looking at handing the gun lobby the keys to national gun policy. More information...
A simple request 14 March 2018 | Below is a link to a device that has stumped Australia's hard-right politicians. More information...
They signed the TPP 10 March 2018 | While you were sleeping, leaders across the globe signed onto the TPP — the dangerous deal that entrenches corporate power over democratically elected governments. More information...
The TPP has risen from the dead 07 March 2018 | Worst of all, the widely-condemned ISDS clause — that gives multinational corporations power to sue governments when health and environment policies hurt their mega profits is still in it. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service