Responding to Reclaim Australia

Several weeks ago it was announced that Pauline Hanson will be the guest speaker at the Reclaim Australia rally to be held in Townsville on Sunday 22 November.

Pauline H at Reclaim Australia Rally

This announcement was met with great jubilation by people posting on the Reclaim Australia Facebook page. The Facebook page gives an insight into the motivation and aims of the Reclaim Australia movement. Since the terrorist attaches in Paris the nature of posts have become even more extreme and racist than they were previously.

The Reclaim Australia page has often linked to the page of the United Patriots’ Front (UPF). In a recent article in Eureka Street correspondent Jeff Sparrow reviews the questionable activities of the United Patriots’ Front and concludes that the organisation is fascist because “Fascist” is an accurate description of the behaviour the group espouses. Sparrow reports  the response of UPF leader Blair Cottrell several years ago to a Facebook image of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler – ‘there should be a picture of this man in every classroom and every school, and his book should be issued to every student annually’.

Kim Vuga

Local spokesperson for Reclaim Australia Kim Vuga gained national attention earlier this year with her participation in the SBS documentary “Go back to where you came from”. From the Reclaim Australia page we learn that Kim Vuga will be a guest speaker at Brisbane’s Reclaim Australia Rally this Sunday.

Interestingly the Townsville Amnesty group was referred to a number of times in an article on Kim Vuga by journalist Nick Galvin in the Sydney Morning Herald. The incident described in the article happened in June when Kim and three supporters turned up at our monthly vigil for Refugees and Asylum Seekers which is held outside the office of Federal member Ewen Jones. We were not chased away as Kim suggests but decided to leave as we saw no point in giving Kim and Co the confrontation that they were seeking.

Members of the Townsville Amnesty group do not support any form of counter protest to the Reclaim Australia rally.

We believe this would only lead to confrontation which would be counter productive given our recent interactions with members of this group. Instead we are asking supporters to attend the Townsville Climate Change Rally on Saturday 28 November. This is a global event that will involve people around the world calling for meaningful action from world leaders at the Paris climate change conference that will take place in early December.

On their Facebook page, Townsville Reclaim Australia oppose any action on climate change and see it as a UN-lead conspiracy. A large turnout on the 28th will show that large numbers of people in Townsville do support decisive action on climate change from the Australian Government.

On the issue of how Australia and other nations should respond to the attacks in Paris it was good to see Independent Senator Nick Xenophon give Liberal Christopher Pyne and Labor’s Kate Ellis a brief history lesson on last week’s Q&A program on the ABC.  Nick Xenophon reminded others on the panel that the failing of the Iraq war, which began in 2003, led to Islamic State’s rise to prominence. He warned that military force alone would not be successful  in achieving a peaceful outcome to the conflict in Syria.

About peterhanley1

Peter Hanley has lived in North Queensland for more than 30 years. His interests include human rights, social justice, sustainability and community development. True North explores issues in these areas.
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One Response to Responding to Reclaim Australia

  1. Thank you for your thoughtful and important statements with regard to the care of asylum seekers and refugees. All Australians need to be reminded of the origins of many of us and our reasons for being grateful to Australia for succour and refuge. We can and should share our good fortune.

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