Monday, December 12, 2005

PM hasn't got his answers ready yet...

I think Janet might need to buy John a dictionary for Christmas...
Prime Minister John Howard today refused to call Australians racist following the mob violence in Sydney.

But he said attacking people on their basis of their race was totally unacceptable.

"Mob violence is always sickening," Mr Howard told reporters.

"Attacking people on the basis of their race, their appearance, their ethnicity, is totally unacceptable and should be repudiated by all Australians irrespective of their own background and their politics," he said.

"I believe yesterday's behaviour was completely unacceptable but I'm not going to put a general tag (of) racism on the Australian community.

"I think it's a term that is flung around sometimes carelessly and I'm simply not going to do so."

Ummm, I thought attacking someone on the grounds of their appearance or ethinicity is racism?
racism

n 1: the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races
2: discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race

And of course he would deny the following...
Mr Howard also dismissed any suggestion his government's warnings about home-grown terrorists had fuelled the rampage.

"It is impossible to know how individuals react but everything this government's said about home-grown terrorism has been totally justified," Mr Howard told reporters in Sydney.

"It is a potential threat. To suggest that one should remain silent ... knowing what I know because that might antagonise someone else is a complete failure of leadership."

Tell us John, what DO you know?

PM refuses to use racist tag - smh.com.au

3 comments:

James said...

Typically more hollow anti-Howard sentiment from someone failing to graps the nuances of the PMs statement. He's not saying they weren't racially motivated attacks he's refusing to generalise that all Australians are racist...

Craig said...

Then don't label all Australians as racist. Label the braindead thugs as racist.

Howard is just way too scared to use the term in case he loses all the voters he got from Hanson et al when the whole Tampa thing went down.

Howard must take some of the mud from this whole thing. His government's use of illegal immigrants and muslims as political tools to win votes and instill fear into the community should come back to bite him on the arse. Pity the suits John gets made in Thailand whilst fucking little boys are made of polyester where the mud will wash off quite easily.

Did I just slander the PM? Fuck me, I think i might have done...

James said...

I'd have interpreted his comments as the thugs are racist but that doesn't reflect on society as a whole. He clearly comes out against the violence and implies that the majority of the Australian community agrees and doesn't tolerate such behaviour.

As for what he does on official visits, there's probably something in the new laws which makes it illegal to describe the sexual proclivities of members of parliament.