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Post time 2009-4-1 16:15:58 |Display all floors
Some of the worst western supremacist that attack and condemn China are from Australia.

Let's discuss what moral standing Australia has that make them think they are eligible to scorn others when in fact he's not so clean.

Let's start.

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Post time 2009-4-1 16:17:03 |Display all floors
Australia says opposition fanning anti-China mood

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia's centre-left government accused the opposition of pandering to anti-China sentiment Sunday and dismissed concerns about Beijing's influence over senior ministers as "absurd".

Amid intense debate in Australia over moves by Chinese state-owned entities to buy into the country's vast resource base, the conservative opposition has put the spotlight on several ministers' links to China.

Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull has accused Prime Minister Kevin Rudd -- a Mandarin-speaking former diplomat and avowed Sinophile -- of acting like a "roving ambassador" for Beijing.

Turnbull has also attacked Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon's failure to declare two trips to China paid for by a Beijing-born businesswoman.

Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner said Turnbull was running a populist line he believed would resonate with sections of the Australian public.

"It's both absurd and it's a blatant attempt by Malcolm Turnbull to play to latent antagonism toward China in the Australian populace," Tanner told Sky News.

He also raised the issue of race, saying: "I think Malcolm Turnbull's trying to stir up some more yellow peril sentiments, frankly."

Yellow peril was a racist term commonly used in the early 1900s, when many Australians feared Asia's large population coveted their country's wide open spaces and was intent on invading.

Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is in charge while Rudd is overseas, said the opposition was playing "cheap politics" .

"This is all getting a little bit absurd," Gillard told ABC television.

"We now have the opposition carrying on as if there is some huge conspiracy here.

"That if you've ever met a Chinese person, if you've ever discussed an issue with relation to China and if you've ever spoken a word of Mandarin -- apparently this is all some huge conspiracy against Australia's national interest."

Turnbull last week linked Fitzgibbon's trips to China, taken in 2002 and 2005 when he was an opposition member of parliament, to China's recent interest in Australian resources.

"China has a vested interest in acquiring our natural resources at low prices," Turnbull said. "The question is how much has Mr. Fitzgibbon not told us."

Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey broadened the attack to include more ministers and Rudd.

"I'm concerned about the pattern of behaviour at the moment," Hockey said.

"Kevin Rudd received free trips when he was in opposition from Chinese interests. Wayne Swan the treasurer received these trips, Tony Burke the agriculture minister. Now we hear about the defence minister receiving free trips from China... what's going on?"

Gillard said it was natural that the government had contact with China.

"China is our second biggest trading partner... they're the superpower in our region, obviously being engaged and speaking about China is a proper policy for an Australian government," she said.

"I think the opportunism, the cheap politics flowing from the opposition here... is really very distasteful."

Fitzgibbon's China trips were revealed last week after newspaper reports that defence officials had launched a secret investigation into the minister over concerns about his links to Beijing-born businesswoman Helen Liu.

After initially denying he received gifts from Liu, Fitzgibbon was forced to apologise and officially declare the trips in a parliamentary gift registry.

Gillard said his failure to declare the trips was "an innocent lapse"

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Post time 2009-4-1 16:19:26 |Display all floors
From Hanson to Camden: Australia’s racist shame

Peter Robson
7 June 2008

“The thought of our beautiful Camden accommodating to this religion is a disgrace … This Islamic school will change the town forever”, “Hayley”, a Camden resident, was quoted by the November 6 Sydney Morning Herald as saying in relation to an attempt to build an Islamic school in the far-outer Sydney suburb.

It was a statement that revealed much about racism in Australia today.

The proposal by the Qu’uranic society Dar Tahfez El-Quran Inc to build an Islamic school in Camden was rejected by the local council on May 27. The council decision was allegedly made on “planning” grounds, according to the May 28 Australian, but in the lead up to the decision, and during the initial purchase of the land, the discussions adopted a hideously racist tone.

In November last year, pigs’ heads were placed on poles and draped in the Australian flag on the proposed site. Text messages were circulated in the town, rallying people to have their say at a December 19 meeting that featured far-right politician Fred Nile from the Christian Democratic Party. Nile has a long history of inciting racism, and has recently targeted Muslims most of all.

In the 2007 federal election, he called for a ban on all Muslim immigration and the closure of all Muslim schools. As he opened the December 19 meeting in Camden, the crowd of 800 reportedly chanted “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!”.

As a country founded on the disposession of the Aboriginal population, Australia is no stranger to racism. The Howard years, however, have left a particular legacy that will be hard to shift.

In its first years of government, the Liberal-National Coalition of John Howard had a great deal of difficulty selling its “new” vision for Australia. Its initial attempts to alter Native Title laws and change immigration were met with stiff opposition in the Senate but also on the streets. The Coalition had to contend with a consciousness, however mixed, that this was not the “fair go” Australia that many people supported.

Then came Pauline Hanson.

Hanson was an independent candidate in the federal election of 1996 who stood on the basis of opposition to what she called “political correctness”. She blamed migrants and Aborigines for the economic hardships facing Australia and accused them of receiving too many government “handouts”. As workers felt the impacts of neoliberal policies begin to bite, Hanson tapped into deep-seated racist sentiments among a section of the population to divert anger towards migrants who “refused to assimilate”, and supposedly took jobs from “Australians”.

These arguments were never seriously combatted by either of the main parties, instead the Coalition defended her right to free speech — in a way that tacitly approved of what she said.

Hanson’s racist One Nation party became the stalking horse for Coalition policy: she was able to voice more stridently, and with more obvious racist overtones, what Coalition policy was pushing for.

By the time One Nation had eventually crashed upon the shores of electoral irrelevance, the Coalition had been able to implement its racist agenda in the areas of Aboriginal policy — which saw almost all Aboriginal institutions defunded or destroyed — and immigration, with a dramatic drop in Australia’s humanitarian refugee intake and the establishment of offshore refugee detention centres, which resembled nothing so much as penal colonies.

Using what turned out to be false evidence of asylum seekers throwing their children overboard off the north coast of Australia, Howard was able to justify the “Tampa affair”. He sent the navy to board and drive out of Australian waters the Norwegian ship Tampa, which had rescued a boatload of asylum seekers.

By demonising this boatload of people attempting to exercise their legal right to enter a country and apply for asylum, with support from the ALP “opposition”, Howard deftly converted growing economic insecurity into a fear of “boat people” who threatened national security.

Directly after the Tampa affair, the September 11 terrorist attacks gave another free kick to the racism of the Howard government. In addition to “boat people”, a new threat had emerged: Muslims and “people of Middle Eastern appearance”. Howard was in his element: the Coalition won the November, 2001.

From then on, the morality plays of terror trials and detention centres were sold to us on a daily basis as necessary to defend the country. On July 2, 2007, Dr Mohamed Haneef was charged with terrorism offences. He had lent a SIM card to someone who may have been involved in something that may have been a terrorist attack. His arrest, detention and release without charge was a piece of political theatre that failed due to lack of credibility. Lack of evidence, however, didn’t stop Howard’s immigration minister, Kevin Andrews, revoking Haneef’s visa and deporting him on “character grounds”.

On June 4, at a New Delhi anti-terrorism conference, Haneef stated: “I am a living example of how the menace of terrorism has affected innocent lives and the phenomenon of how Muslims are stereotyped as being terrorists or sympathisers of terrorists whether they are guilty or not.”

This racist stereotyping had found dramatic and vicious expression two years earlier, on December 11, 2005. After an alleged beach-side brawl between Lebanese-Australian swimmers and Anglo-Australian lifesavers on Cronulla beach, Australian-flag-draped drunken yobbos went on a rampage through the streets of Cronulla. The image that stays most in my mind is a pack of these hoons shouting at and threatening an elderly woman — “of Middle Eastern appearance” — who was defensively curled up in ball against a wall. They called her “un-Australian”.

Like the recent Islamophobia in Camden, the Cronulla riots said something about Australian racism. Often it’s related to a sense of change and dispossession. Economic pressure is blamed on — and comes to be associated with — changes in ethnic diversity. Cronulla is one of the many areas missed by the great economic boom, as is Camden. Rising oil prices hit these areas particularly hard, as their public transport is poor and the distance to travel to work is often quite large. People in these areas — as in many others — are hurting. It is easier for demagogues and politicians to misdirect this anger to “people of Middle Eastern appearance” than come up with solutions.

With the election of the Labor government there was hope that there would be a real break from the racist past. PM Kevin Rudd’s February 13 apology to the Stolen Generations seemed to support this. When asked about the Camden closure, however, Rudd gave his support to Camden council without mentioning the racist opposition to the Islamic school.

While Rudd’s electoral success had to do with a rejection of Howard’s racist policies by large sections of the electorate — a growing sense that no-one wanted to live in that sort of Australia — it’s worth noting that the Rudd government has not directly challenged many of these ideas and, in almost all cases, continues the same racist policies of the previous Howard government.

The racist intervention in the Northern Territory, which blames in particular Aboriginal men for poverty and abuse and the neglect of Aboriginal children, continues almost unchanged despite the change in government. “Terror” trials continue to demonise people “of Middle Eastern appearance”, with the so-called “Barwon 12" languishing for over two years in a high-security prison for the charge of allegedly thinking about the possibility of committing a terrorist offence. The policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers also continues unaltered — despite the release of some high-profile refugees, the new immigration minister is rejecting three appeals against deportation for every one he supports.

Rudd’s attempts to “heal the nation” with the apology to the Stolen Generations will fall flat unless his government alters its policies to match its rhetoric. If the racist underbelly of Australian society is not challenged, Hanson-like arguments will continue to get a hearing. But it seems we cannot expect that challenge to come from government: Rudd’s support for the Camden council’s ban of the new Islamic school is a worrying sign of Labor’s unwillingness to do so.

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Post time 2009-4-1 16:38:07 |Display all floors
The saying is so ridiculous.

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Post time 2009-4-1 18:06:11 |Display all floors
Originally posted by augusten at 2009-4-1 18:17
Australia says opposition fanning anti-China mood

Australia says opposition fanning anti-China mood

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia's centre-left government accused the opposition of pandering to anti-China sentiment Sunday and dismissed concerns about Beijing's influence over senior ministers as "absurd".

Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull has accused Prime Minister Kevin Rudd -- a Mandarin-speaking former diplomat and avowed Sinophile -- of acting like a "roving ambassador" for Beijing....

Funny, the previous Prime Minister was accused of being too close to George Bush.

Now the new guy is accused of pandering to a different foreign government.

Both criticisms have some basis, it's not racism, it's a combination of nationalism and a desire not to be too close to foreign administrations which have policies with which many Australians disagree.

Now, Northwest, you have failed to condemn Kevin Rudd's rude snub to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Madam Fu.
Have you no interest in the dignity of your respected Ambassador ?
Have you no shame ?
"他不是救星, 他是一个非常淘气男孩" - Monty Python

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Post time 2009-4-1 18:59:28 |Display all floors
Originally posted by augusten at 2009-4-1 16:15
Some of the worst western supremacist that attack and condemn China are from Australia.

What a pathetic waste of oxygen you are northwest / augusten.

You have never been to Australia.and therefore you bleat about things you know nothing about.

Whilst you cry foul whenever there is negative news about China, here you are digging up negative news about other countries.

Grow up.

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Post time 2009-4-1 19:23:28 |Display all floors


The new puppet has the unenviable task of appearing different while doing the things their common
master have assigned both of them.In real world Oceania,Big Brother wears a new mask at intervals
determined by the propagandists.

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