There’s just no other word to describe my reaction to anti-Islam statements by John Howard and Peter Costello.
Treasurer Peter Costello’s comment about revoking Australian citizenship from dual nationals is not only stupid and divisive, but since 1958, Australian citizenship acquired by naturalisation is equivalent to that acquired by being born to parents where one is an Australian citizen. Unless one has committed fraud on a citizenship application, citizenship granted by naturalisation cannot be revoked. (But wait- the bar is about to be raised for acquiring and keeping Australian Citizenship. Heard about the Citizenship Bill of 2005 yet?)
Costello, for absolutely no apparent reason, is whipping up Islamophobia where there simply was none before. PM John Howard has backed Costello’s comments and is further calling for Muslims who have moved to Australia to "assimilate." At least we now know where Danna Vale’s ridiculous comments from last week come from.
On the bright side, Peter Beatty sees the Howard/Costello/Vale troika of cheap shot wedge politics just for what it is.
I had rather thought that official policies of assimilation had croaked with the halting of the Stolen Generation policies… guess not.
This government wouldn’t know the strength of diversity if it jumped up and bit them on the ass.
UPDATE: Suki nails it: "Divisiveness- Trot it out to divert from Wheatgate."
UPDATE II: Alan Moir sees something in the diversionary theory as well…
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