Did you catch ABC Insiders this morning? A bit more research was done on Danna Vale’s extraordinarily racist gaffe from last week.
"I’ve actually read in The Daily Telegraph where a certain imam from the Lakemba mosque actually said that Australia’s going to be a Muslim nation in 50 years’ time," she told reporters.
"I didn’t believe him at the time, but you know when you actually look at the birth rates and when you look at the fact that we are aborting ourselves almost out of existence by 100,000 abortions every year and that’s on a guesstimate.
"You multiply that by 50 years, that’s five million potential Australians we won’t have here."
Insiders points out:
* Vale didn’t see any news item about an imam from the Lakemba mosque in the Daily Tele. It was in the SMH.
* It wasn’t last week, it was in 2002
* The ‘Australia will be a Muslim nation in 50 years’ comment in fact was NOT a statement from an imam from the Lakemba mosque- it was actually a paraphrasing of a statement by Abu Bakar Bashir who was visiting Australia at the time.
Bashir is directly quoted by SMH as saying "The Islamic faithful in Australia must endeavour to bring about an Islamic state in Australia, even if it is 100 years from now." Apparently 100 years wasn’t soon enough for Danna.
There are not 100,000 abortions performed annually in Australia. The Medicare number for a therapeutic D&C, which is usually performed after a spontaneous miscarriage (which occurs naturally in 16% of all pregnancies) is the same number for a D&C performed for the primary purpose of terminating a pregnancy. There is no way to differentiate the therapeutic D&C procedures from those performed for pregnancy termination. A more reasonable estimate is about 25,000 terminations per year.
Danna, "guesstimates" are not the domain of Members of Parliament. Such silly-wild-assed-guesses might fly for pissed featherheads in a pub, but the Australian public expects much better of our public servants.
Get it right- or keep ya mouth shut.
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