Home-grown farm terrorists have produced a website map of nearly every Australian farming property ostensibly to incite farm invasions and terrorist activities in a campaign to shut down agriculture in all regional areas.
Ringleaders include Chris Delforce of Aussie Maps, Lyn White, Animals Australia, Mimi Bekhechi, PETA Campaigns Advisor.
These anarchists have thousands of dim-witted followers who finance the sabotage of piggeries, feedlots, poultry farms, grazing properties, abattoirs, livestock transport, horse races, rodeos, camp drafts and pony clubs.
Notably all three ringleaders and most of their followers are vegans and due to their diet, have acute trace element deficiencies which usually leave the victim with mental issues often causing severe schizophrenia and delusionary behaviour.
The federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has slammed the online map and jumped on the farm invasions calling for each group’s charity status to be withdrawn, in an effort to starve the groups of funds.
Farmers on social media have demanded the terrorists to be prosecuted under federal terrorism laws for attempting to destroy or contaminate public food supplies.
Meanwhile investigators have discovered Animals Australia has again been caught paying bribes to animal workers to deliberately harm animals at abattoirs or on board livestock ships while being filmed.
The fake footage is then supplied to the conspiratorial ABC for viewing by a gullible public.
The Greens Party should be included in any prosecutions of the terrorists for giving the groups political support.
Cairns News supports the prosecution of these farm terrorists under counter-terrorism laws. Farmers are urged to make a complaint to the Federal Police or ring the NATIONAL SECURITY HOTLINE 1800 123 400
The Attorney General’s website states:
‘It is an offence to counsel, promote, encourage or urge the doing of a terrorist act or the commission of a terrorism offence where the person intentionally engages in the conduct reckless as to whether another person will engage in a terrorist act or commit a terrorism offence.
If found guilty of advocating terrorism, a person could face up to five years imprisonment.’
by Jim O’Toole in Brisbane
Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is having herself on, at the behest of the rabid, green Deputy Premier Jackie Trad thinking she can curb the growing influence of Katters Australian Party across the north by sacking their government employed staff.
One of the most mendacious media campaigns in recent years, naturally spearheaded by the left wing of the ABC, against Senator Fraser Anning and his now famous immigration speech has spectacularly backfired.
While it is a normal occurrence, Bob Katter has been mobbed by the old and young alike. It was evident at weekend functions across Shane Knuth’s state electorate of Hill and in Katters federal electorate of Kennedy, ordinary people, the quiet majority have emerged from their slumber.
Grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers, fathers and kids were lining up for photos with Katter like never before. Similarly in yet another failed attempt by the rather obnoxious socialist hosting the ABC’s Q&A, Tony Jones, Bob Katter was unable to leave the Mackay premises of the Q&A show after the program. Again he was mobbed by audience members who wanted to thank him for Anning’s speech and his contribution to the immigration debate.
As he explained to many, it was not only Anning’s call for a referendum on immigration, it was the odious reaction of the ALP/LNP duopoly which sparked life into a sleeping giant.
It is evident the Labor Party is running scared of KAP. On Sunday, in front of the ALP rent-a-crowd at a state conference, Palaszczuk promised to remove five of the KAP parliamentary staff because Robbie Katter refused to denounce Anning’s call for an immigration referendum.
It is plain to see the ALP is heavily reliant on the vote of Muslim immigrants.
In effect the not-so-smart Premier is purposely hindering the duties of an elected member which attracts three years goal under the Crimes Act 1995.
The ALP hierarchy was shocked when 75 per cent of respondents, ironically to an ABC poll said Fraser Anning should not apologise for his comments about Muslim immigration.
This sent the ALP into a frenzy and their knee-jerk reaction was to penalise KAP.
Now, most voters are not silly and older Brisbaneites should remember Annastacia’s father Henry, who was the member for the state seat of Inala for years. He even made it to Primary Industries Minister but it was no secret poor Henry was not the sharpest tack in the box.
Some scientists believe intelligence is hereditary and if so Annastacia missed the boat.
The bite she hasn’t seem coming will be from her ambitious deputy, Trad, who has made it known on several occasions, she wants the top job.
When the house comes tumbling down, Comrade Trad will pounce.
The ABC, setting the Marxist agenda for aspiring Communist politicians from all sides, targeted a completely innocuous phrase in Annings hallmark speech, trying to foment hate among middle eastern Muslims in Australia.
Fraser said in his revered speech: “We should go back to that and ban ALL immigrants receiving welfare for the first five years after they arrive.
“The final solution to the immigration problem is of course a popular vote.”
It is this phrase ‘,…the final solution…’ which the perfidious ABC, ALP and LNP have taken completely out of context, likening it to Hitler’s so-called holocaust.
This nation building speech is so monumental and significant, it will endure for a generation among parents, children, clergy, small businessmen, teachers of truth and hopefully genuine parliamentary representatives.
It should be mandatory reading in citizenship classes in every public and private school.
Like the ALP, this lying campaign has come back to bite the ABC. Fewer and fewer viewers among a dwindling audience now disregard the ABC as the leading source of news. Gone is the mantle of respectability, neutrality and accuracy, if these attributes have existed over the past 20 years.
It seems the ABC, Guardian and Fairfax have modelled their news gathering and dissemination on that of US fake news channel CNN.
If we had a leader unafraid of Murdoch, Fairfax and the ABC and astute as Donald Trump these insidious news agencies would be shut down, their monopolies broken up and smaller, reliable news sources would fall into place.
Suggestions in the past by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to defund the ABC and remove its egregious snout from the public trough, were the predisposing cause of his downfall.
Today KAP sought legal advice and if successful Trad will be top dog sooner rather than later.
by Activist Post and Cairns News
In what could have disastrous consequences for Australia’s indigenous population and problems for whites, the American Civil Liberties Union has called on Congress to ban facial recognition technology for solving crime.
African Americans have been wrongly identified as criminals using facial recognition techniques with the same methodology as adopted by Australia.
White citizens have also fallen foul of facial recognition by photographs taken from drivers licences, passports or other publicly available data.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California tested Amazon’s facial Rekognition software and the program erroneously and hilariously identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been arrested for crimes.
According to Jake Snow, an ACLU attorney, the ACLU downloaded 25,000 mugshots from a “public source.”
The ACLU then ran the official photos of all 535 members of Congress through Rekognition, asking it to match them up with any of the mugshots—and it ended up mix-matching 28 members to mug shots.
Out of those 28, the ACLU’s test flagged six members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia.)
Facial recognition historically has resulted in more false positives for African-Americans than other
Facial recognition has been taken onboard by PM Turnbull to run as a trial, as Australia is and has been for decades the guinea pig for the New World Order.
China is already persecuting its people using facial recognition to draft out malcontents or political dissidents from CCTV photographs taken at shopping centres and other public places.
If the transition to facial recognition and iris matching for personal identification is publicly
acceptable in Australia and is viable for the population, then other countries will follow suit.
Do dopey Australians, dumbed down by false news, television and cell phones have any idea of how facial recognition will rule their lives?
No, its citizens are too absorbed in Neigbours and dodgy ABC and commercial network news, 20 second sound grabs and newspaper fashion pages to be worried about their future existence and the ongoing plan for world depopulation.
We should insist Australian politicians submit their images for facial analysis and publish the result!
What will brainless Aussies do when the thought police come knocking on their door?
by Gil Hanrahan
The farming industry’s beloved Liberal National Party is about to betray them again when Liberal MP Susan Ley will today introduce a private member’s bill into the Lower House that would ban live sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer months in 2019 and close the sector down entirely in five years.
The last major double-cross for agriculture by the Liberals was in 1999 when PM John Howard introduced the Environment and Biosecurity Conservation Act which was the key for the states to introduce severe vegetation management laws.
How much more government intervention the industry can take is anyone’s guess but soon over-regulation will choke all primary industry to a standstill regardless of the political hue in Canberra.
The last bastion of neo-liberalism, the National Farmers Federation and Meat and Livestock Australia have committed their final Judas act by rolling over whenever pressure is applied by activists.
The traitorous ABC troll responsible for shutting down the live cattle export industry based on false and misleading television footage of Indonesian-bred cattle being mistreated by bribed abattoir workers is Susan Ferguson.
Coincidentally she is the wife of Q&A presenter and ALP sycophant Tony Jones.
Ferguson and the Animals Australia snake Lyn White aided and abetted by the ABC shut down the live cattle export trade overnight in 2011.
It is on the record these misguided, athiest animal rights activists indirectly caused a number of suicides across the agricultural sector.
As a consequence a group of cattle producers is suing the Federal Government for $600 million in compensation after live exports to Indonesia were banned by the Gillard administration.
Now it seems the trendsetters of the left division in the Liberal Party have joined in to support the Liberal backbencher’s anti-export bill.
Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said Labor will lock in its support for what will be known as the Live Sheep Long Haul Export Prohibition Bill.
Livestock producers should be aware these fifth-columnists won’t stop with sheep. Those opposed to live export are rounding up their forces right now to shut down cattle exports. http://www.animalsaustralia.org/
These pagans believe animal rights take precedence over human lives in a similar fashion to the Queensland Labor Party and it seems the Liberals who continue to allow tourists and North Queensland inhabitants be torn apart by monstrous crocodiles.
The sheep meat industry and producers had better take a strong stand instead of simply rolling over as normal. If they leave it to the producer bodies they might as well hand the farm keys to the Chinese now.
What will their starving, urbanised grandchildren say?
Catherine Deneuve leads group of 100 women denouncing #MeToo campaign for ‘puritanism’
from the ABC and Cairns News
Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women have denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment amounts to “puritanism” and is fuelled by a “hatred of men”.
In the aftermath of accusations against the US movie producer, millions of women took to social media to share their stories of being sexually harassed or assaulted, using the #MeToo hastag worldwide or #SquealOnYourPig (#balancetonporc).
“This urge to send men to the slaughterhouse, instead of helping women be more autonomous, helps the enemies of sexual freedom,” the 100 women, including 74-year old Deneuve, one of France’s most famous screen stars, said in a column published by Le Monde daily.
The man’s right to “pester” a woman was an essential part of sexual freedom, they said, describing the campaign as “puritanism”.
Marlene Schiappa, the French minister tasked with cracking down on violence against women, said the Weinstein scandal forced a rethink of attitudes towards sexual harassment in France, a country that cherishes its self-image as the land of seduction and romance.
Ms Schiappa kicked off nationwide consultations on a law that is due to include steps to fight sexual harassment on the streets as well as extend the statute of limitation for rape of minors.
In late October, protesters in Paris disrupted the opening of a retrospective of Roman Polanski’s work following new rape allegations against the French-Polish film director.
But for Deneuve and the other signatories of the letter, including writers and journalists, this went too far.
“This vigilante (online) justice has punished men in their jobs, forced some to resign, when all they did was touch a knee, try to steal a kiss, talk about ‘intimate’ matters in a work dinner,” they wrote.
“We defend a right to pester, which is vital to sexual freedom.”
Sydney commentator Stewie Jones-Cartwright said the campaign against men had gone on for too long, leaving a trail littered with wrecked lives and broken families over often false accusations by women.
“The Family Court is known among men’s groups as a forum to legally denounce mostly innocent husbands or defactos as child abusers, rapists or worse,” he said.
“The Craig McLachlan case is one of the worst media circuses I have seen in decades similar to the Rolf Harris acquittal on appeal in the UK on some charges which were false allegations of sexual abuse.
“The men-hating lesbians in the media should be sacked and prosecuted for their long campaign against often innocent men.”
Selling Kidman pastoral empire to the Chinese is ‘complete madness’, say Dick Smith, Ian McNamara and Bob Katter
Dick Smith says Australia’s agricultural land is becoming more valuable and should not be sold to foreign investors.
by Matthew Cranston AFR
Australian entrepreneur and aviator Dick Smith has called the imminent sale of Australia’s largest landholder S.Kidman & Co to a Chinese company an act of madness and says that with the value of agricultural land rising, Australian super funds should be competing to buy the cattle stations.
Speaking from his 1214 hectare property outside Canberra, Mr Smith, who funded the first major book on his “hero” Australia’s greatest pastoral king Sir Sidney Kidman back in 1987, said he was shocked that Australian investors could not compete with foreign investors.
“I am totally opposed to a sale to the Chinese. It’s complete madness,” Mr Smith told The Australian Financial Review.
“Farming land is going to be incredibly valuable – it is going to generate a lot of wealth into the future so you don’t want all that wealth creation to go overseas.”
Pengxin chief executive Andy McLeod and Gary Romano chief executive of Hunan Dakang Pasture Farming Co
S.Kidman & Co, which has cattle station holdings covering 11 million hectares, was placed on the market for sale in April last year with EY. The company was expected to sell for more than $325 million.
Chinese group Shanghai Pengxin, which has successfully purchased large farming properties in New Zealand where foreign investment rules are much stricter, was S.Kidman & Co’s preferred bidder for the business.
But the sale was prevented from going ahead late last year on the grounds that part of the landholding was within the Australian Defence Force’s so called “green zone” – the lowest security rated area of the Woomera rocket range.
The land that was within the security area, namely the world’s largest cattle station Anna Creek, has since been carved out of the overall S.Kidman & Co portfolio of land, allowing for the sale of the remaining business.
However Mr Smith said using the security concern as a reason to prevent the sale was a “furphy”. “I really don’t understand why the major parties are ok with still selling it off. Nine out of 10 people I speak to are opposed to it.”
Other Australian investors have been enthusiastic about buying part or all of the S. Kidman & Co landholdings including transport magnate Lindsay Fox.
Mr Smith became one of the top ten shareholders in Australia’s second largest landholder – the Australian Agricultural Company – back in 2012 because he didn’t want to sound like a hypocrite for suggesting that Australians compete with offshore buyers for our agricultural land. He still has that shareholding.
“The Australian super funds surely they could buy Kidman. Even the prime minister could put in $1 million, I could match it and put $1 million in.”
At the same time that Mr Smith opposes the sale of S.Kidman & Co to the Chinese company – he is also against the sale of Australia’s largest dairy farmer known as the Van Diemen’s Land Company. That company is currently owned by a New Zealand local government but is about to be sold to a Chinese businessman Lu Xianfeng.
“Don’t get me wrong if that Chinese businessman wants to be an Australian citizen and bring his money in and live here and have his wife become a member of the Country Women’s Association and he becomes a member of the Rural Fire Brigade then he should be allowed to. But selling to offshore is just wrong – you may as well not have borders.”
The Chinese based company looking to buy S. Kidman & Co – Shanghai Pengxin is controlled by Hunan Dakang Pasture Farming – a $3.4 billion listed company, majority owned by billionaire Jiang Zhaobai. It has been looking to add beef cattle to its agricultural operations.
On Tuesday, the Board of Hunan Dakang announced that its chief executive Gary Romano had resigned. It is understood that Mr Romano would continue as a strategic adviser for Dakang in Australia and on the company’s S.Kidman & Co transaction.
Katters want to stop the diabetes epidemic among indigenous communities
Mornington Island Mayor Bradley Wilson, CEO Frank Mills, Dick Smith, Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara from the ABC and State Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter at the opening today (photo credit Brad Thompson)
02 March 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today joined Great Australian and Entrepreneur Dick Smith and ABC radio personality Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara to open a market garden for First Australians on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria located in Mr Katter’s electorate of Kennedy.
Mr Katter has long championed community market gardens as a simple way to improve the health standards of First Australians by providing cheap locally grown fresh produce to tackle the diabetes epidemic.
Yet he said today that it took a private donation from Mr Smith as well as the will of the local Mornington Island Council to achieve what successive Governments had failed to do.
“We deeply appreciate Dick helping out here because with Dick comes national attention,” Mr Katter said.
“Our nation has to be measured on how we treat our poorest people and this is one of the most important things that needs to be done.
“I recently asked all of the Shire Councillors in a First Australian community how diabetes was affecting them – sadly every single one of them had a close relative dying of diabetes.
“The problem was simply not there 25 years ago, but it is now, and something has to be done about it.”
The majority of grocery shops in First Australian communities in Queensland are State Government run operations. While the food is subsidised, it is often still prohibitively expensive and due to the long distances travelled, not fresh.
Mr Katter cited examples of his trips to Aboriginal communities 25 years ago where the mal-nutrition problems of today simply did not exist.
“Diabetes is just another name for malnutrition.
“I was the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs for the best part of a decade and when I went north to say the Torres Straits, 90% of the food that I ate was fresh local food – fish, turtle, crayfish, yam, taro, sweet potato, bananas, mangoes and coconuts.
“But the restrictions by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on fishing has almost completely destroyed First Australians’ ability to fish and removed a source of income.
“On the other side we’ve gone and closed everything down on the basis they say that disease could get into Australia – so they have no source of income and they are not allowed to grow their own food.
“The net result has been that if First Australians want fresh fruit and vegetables they have to buy them from the mainland, but they do not have enough money.
“I’ve said time and time again that market gardens must be reopened and I pay tribute to Dick Smith and the Mornington Island Council for taking this first step,” Mr Katter said.
Letters to Editor
The Zionist Jews for years are rumoured to have their own very well equipped Jew army in Sydney and Melbourne. They have got millions of dollars worth of the best weaponry. They hold their clandestine meetings in a Frank Lowy complex ( Westfield Centres ). Successive Australian Federal Governments have allowed them ( the Lowys ) to control the substantial Temora Air force facility. The Temora locals think it’s great – it brings jobs and tourism. They are ready to move and takeover. They’re ready to pounce, like they did when they took over and massacred 100s of thousands of simple living Palestinians in their own country, like they did when the New York Jew funded Jews took over Russia in THEIR ” revolution” and then proceeded to massacre 66 million Christians over the next 38 years. They have their plants at the top in every government department ( ASIO, ASIS, Signals, Police forces, Australian defence forces, every conceivable government funded body and major company ). They control government policy through bodies such as the Lowy Institute and ALL the other Jew funded institutes and all their politician bribes. Bob Hawke Jew funded Rhodes ” scholar “, Tony Abbott Jew funded Rhodes ” scholar “, Malcolm Turnbull – Jew, Josh Frudenstien – Jew and you wonder why Australia has been sold out. For the whole of my 72 years of life Australia has been sold out by these traitor arseh—s. Most of them lawyers and do they know how to rob Australians blind.
The Australian Broadcasting Commission’s head office in Sydney has been run by the Jewish faction for three decades: Editor
When a US Senate committee alleged Frank Lowy, 84, concealed $US68 million from the Australian Tax Office in Liechtenstein, Lowy said he had given the money to Israeli charities and insisted he had met all his tax obligations. As an Australian parliamentary committee prepares to question the Tax Commissioner this week, Middle East Correspondent Jason Koutsoukis explores Lowy’s strong links with Israel.
Billionaire shopping centre owner Frank Lowy and FFA Chairman falls off the stage at last year’s A- League Grand Final presentation in Melbourne
Prime MinisterTurnbull’s flawed knowledge of Islam from Q & A SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
To refresh your minds, we have re-published this post from last December.
from Gil May
Islam is an ancient religion of great scholarship
Islam is not an ancient (belonging to the very distant past) religion it is a recent invention 1400 year ago.
For heavens sake, Much of Our learning and culture came to us from the Moslems our whole system of numbers
The most commonly used system of numerals is the Hindu-Arabic numeral system.
Two Indian Mathematicians are credited with developing it.
The numeral system and zero concept developed by the Hindus in India, slowly spread to other surrounding countries due to their commercial and military activities with India, Arabs adopted and modified it, they did not invent it.
“I will omit all discussion of the science of the Indians, … , of their subtle discoveries in astronomy, discoveries that are more ingenious than those of the Greeks and the Babylonians, and of their valuable methods of calculation which surpass description. I wish only to say that this computation is done by means of nine signs. If those who believe, because they speak Greek, that they have arrived at the limits of science, would read the Indian texts, they would be convinced, even if a little late in the day, that there are others who know something of value.”[
According to al-Qifti’s chronology of the scholars
“… a person from India presented himself before the Caliph al-Mansur in the year [776 AD] who was well versed in the siddhanta method of calculation related to the movement of the heavenly bodies, and having ways of calculating equations based on the half-chord [essentially the sine] calculated in half-degrees … This is all contained in a work … from which he claimed to have taken the half-chord calculated for one minute. Al-Mansur ordered this book to be translated into Arabic, and a work to be written, based on the translation, to give the a solid base for calculating the movements of the planets …”
Much of the learning of the ancient Greeks only survived because of the Arab scholars. Islam is a great tradition.
During the Islamic wars where they swallowed surrounding cultures, the pre-existing sciences, philosophies and learnings were absorbed into Islamic culture and eventually translated into Arabic. The massive Christian contribution in translating the sciences were later identified as Arab Islam, when in reality the greater percentage of real science was developed from the prior teachings of Greek, Indic, Assyrian, and Persian knowledge.
It is important for us that we promote and encourage Islam traditions that are moderate, that support freedom support democracy and support Australian Values.
There are NO moderate Islamic traditions—they are all fanatical: read the Koran and see.
The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000, that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION
or 20% of the world’s population.
They have received on 7 Nobel Prizes: – 1. Literature: 4 Peace (resolving problems they created) 2. Medicine – from western education.
The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world’s population.
They have received 129 Nobel Prizes.
Australia with a small population has received 15 Nobel Prizes.
Islam has made no major contribution to the world other than terrorism and barbaric acts where their Shari law prohibits women from education, respect and decency—the opposite of modern decent living. Where women are killed at random, tortured, raped, amputated and stoned to death. ISIS has shown the underlying fundamental basis of Islam with their horrific acts against young girls of different belief, rapes, torture, cutting their throats and catching the blood to throw over the next victims to further terrorise them; men torn apart, genital ripped off, burnt, crucified, others hung with hooks to die.
The reason: The Muslim religious/political/ideology brainwashing does not allow free thinking, supressing innovation and ideas. Add to that the dogma of marrying first cousins.
Due to religious direction of marrying cousins for 1,400 years the end result is devastating inbreeding, infant deaths, deformities and low IQ. The end result as determined by several overseas courts and recently the London Coroner’s Court ruling shockingly deformed babies that died were the result of serious inbreeding genetic defects and had no hope of survival and not discrimination and neglect by white doctors/hospitals as claimed. The ongoing problems of inbreeding also create intelligence rationale difficulties used by their leaders to incite them into shocking acts.
US and UK defence experts all tell the same story of the extreme difficulty in training Moslems because of low IQ from inbreeding (generations of cousins marrying cousins marrying cousins) they found that most pilot trainees had very limited night vision, even on the brightest of moon-lit nights. Their training retention rate was minimal, including maintenance personnel. Some had dim memories and had to be constantly reminded of things that were told to them the day before. The western instructor gets burned-out quickly due to the futility. It actually took Moslem pilots years before they could fly in the dark safely and then would be reluctant to leave the lights of a city. Ask any Marine, airman or Army personnel who’s been trying to train Iraqis and especially Afghans. European governments tell the same story these migrants unable to learn a new language, hold employment or meet entrance qualifications for the military. This was indelibly displayed for all the world to see during the current ISIS attacks in Iraq where government force who outnumbering ISIS ran away because of inbreeding mental difficulties they could not rationalise the situation and what to do—all their training could not be remembered or applied. As senior US generals said on TV “They have no fight in them and little ability”. Thus to overcome this problem it is critical for ISIS to recruit foreign fighters who have not been inbred and can rationalise and think.
Editor: The Q & A program aired every Monday night at 9.30 has long been accused of being hosted by Marxists with hand-picked Bolsheviks in the audience. After serious public criticism of the show for allowing a terrorist to appear on air, the ABC tried to ‘cover its arse’ by asking another prominent socialist and anti-firearms campaigner Ray Martin to investigate the claims. What do you know, Mr Martin says the show is unbiased and “straight up the middle”. We believe he was serious with this deduction, but few mainstream viewers took any notice of his learned opinion, as derisive comments on the ABC pages and letters to the editor will attest.
from The Australian
Senator Eric Abetz Senator says the media had treated him and his conservative colleagues, in particular former prime minister Tony Abbott, ‘unfairly’.
Liberal senator Eric Abetz has unleashed an attack on the Canberra press gallery, arguing it is hostile to conservative, Christian politicians while giving favourable treatment to left-leaning or Muslim MPs.
Senator Abetz said the media had treated him and his conservative colleagues, in particular former prime minister Tony Abbott, “unfairly”. He said the media felt comfortable vilifying politicians like Mr Abbott because of their Christian faith, but would never dare speak the same way about people of other religions.
“Journalists will need to explain why they do this, but it is very clear that if somebody swears their oath on the Koran, this is a wonderful expression of diversity and to be encouraged, whereas if you swear your oath on the Bible then you’re an old fart and not to be taken seriously. Well, excuse me, what’s the difference?” he said. “There is a special negative-sentiment override for those that profess the Christian faith.”
Senator Abetz referenced a description of Mr Abbott as the “mad monk” that often appeared in the media. “Just imagine making fun of somebody else’s religion of a different nature, as in if you are a Muslim, Buddhist or a Hindu,” he said. “There is the double standard that you can basically vilify anyone from the Christian side of the tracks but don’t you dare touch anyone else.”
Senator Abetz, an employment minister under Mr Abbott who was dropped from cabinet by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, said Australian political reporters did not give fair treatment to conservative policies, such as stopping the boats, scrapping the carbon tax and opposing gay marriage, often mocking the conservative point of view.
He indicated that compared with other prime ministers, the media had treated Mr Abbott and John Howard far more harshly.
“The public can make up their own mind as to the coverage and treatment by the media of John Howard and Tony Abbott as prime ministers in comparison to others,” he said.
Members of the Canberra gallery gave more positive coverage to politicians and policies they agreed with, Senator Abetz said, arguing that journalists hardly ever referred to the far Left or the extreme Left when discussing the Greens or the Labor Party, but frequently referred to him, Cory Bernardi and other conservative politicians as being from the far, extreme or religious Right. “I’ve been referred to as from the religious Right a number of times in the media and when I’ve thrown out the challenge, when are you going to report on the godless Left? The answer is never,” he said.
The ABC was one of the worst offenders, he said, providing coverage that was markedly different for the politicians it supported. “I’m terribly loyal to my new leader but you might comment on the flirtatious approach of Leigh Sales when she interviewed Turnbull. Just ask yourself the question, did Leigh Sales ever apologise for interrupting Tony Abbott?” he said. “If you’re a conservative, you’re fair game to be interrupted.”
Senator Abetz said that when ABC host Tony Jones interviewed Joe Hockey on Lateline, he interrupted him 33 times. However, when he had Wayne Swan on the previous evening, there was barely an interruption.
“Then they say Joe Hockey is unable to sell the message. Well, with 33 interruptions in one interview, one might understand why it is difficult to sell the message,” he said. Senator Abetz found the “groupthink” of political journalists had worsened since he entered federal parliament in 1994. And it was to the detriment of democracy, he said.
“If you promote conservative policies, you are immediately demonised and conservative policies are demonised,” he said.
“If you have a Christian, conservative point of view to offer, the media will have this negative-sentiment override which will simply be critical of any views that you may seek to express and that has, regrettably, been the case now for many years in the media gallery.”
The result, Senator Abetz said, was that some politicians were too intimidated to admit they agreed with conservative policies. “Parliamentarians are intimidated from stating their point of view because they know, no matter how sensibly they present it, it will somehow be misrepresented or a negative picture, negative commentary will be presented,” he said.
“I think the groupthink of the media gallery has got worse as the years have gone by and the concept of a diverse range of opinions or interpretations is now lacking.”
When asked if journalists were reflecting the view of their audience, particularly when it came to issues such as gay marriage, Senator Abetz said he did not subscribe to the view that conservative Christian values were unpopular with the public. He said they were unpopular with the media, which was unrepresentative of the Australian people.
“If you go to the footy, you’re a man or woman of the people, but if you go to church, what a strange individual you are. Yet around Australia, as I understand it, a lot more people go to church on a Sunday than go to football on a Saturday.”
Senator Abetz said the press gallery tended to report on issues in the same way.
“The genuine diversity of reporting just does not seem to be there as one would have hoped it might,” he said.