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Have the Greens just divided the Nation?


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Have the Greens divided the nation? Is this what a political party should do? Is this disrespecting the people? Is this against democracy? Is this challenging the right to free speech? People need to start really expressing their views on this now. It should be a topic of conversation around every dinner table.

In an act of defiance today, the Greens turned their backs and walked out on Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech in the Senate. In an email I received from Richard DiNatale tonight, he explained this was because he was called a ‘greasy wog’ at school and told to ‘go home’ and the Greens do not condone racism.

DiNatale has a personal story that so many can relate to. Whatever your individual circumstance, be it racism, or disability, or poverty; so many know the ridicule, the shame and the stigma runs deep and stays forever.  For some who can never change who they are, the hurt runs deeper. This is the shame and stigma that Hanson and her followers want to cut deep.

I listened to Pauline Hanson’s speech today and I was truly sickened listening to Hanson’s attack on almost every segment of vulnerable people in our society. The divisiveness, which underpinned her speech, shows that Hanson plans to pit group against group until we all hate each other. Her goal is to make Australians choose between ‘her’ or ‘them.’

Hanson’s speech resonated as someone who thinks they have so much reverent power amongst ‘the right’ and her ambition is to grow into a major political party. Her aim is to take every single conservative vote in Australia, to punish the Liberals who rejected her, ridiculed her and jailed her.

In her speech, she metaphorically strolled by and kicked the teeth in of homeless people, and single mothers and mothers who were single because of domestic violence. She metaphorically sat from above and spat on all those on unemployment; the young, the disadvantaged and the disabled.

Hanson’s speech was about creating fear of the disadvantaged. Her aim is to stigmatise and divide our people.

If you were ever made feel ashamed because of who you are, then Hanson is intent on making you relive that nightmare.

If you were made feel less than human because you were poor, or disabled, or recovering from an addiction then Hanson is here to make you feel less than human again.

If you were ever shunned because you were unemployed, homeless or broken, then Hanson wants you to hate those who are living this now.

This is not about Asians, or Muslims or racism, these groups are merely the start. Over the next six years we will see her use the full gamut of disadvantaged groups to create fear and divisiveness amongst us all.

Over time, Hanson will target individual groups and attack them one by one. People in disadvantaged and minority groups will be ridiculed, shamed, and labelled ‘unAustralian.’ Her mantra will be to hate all things ‘unAustralian.’  Her followers who think it is this ‘hate’ that will make Australia a great country, will actively create unrest.

If Hanson achieves her aim of a nation divided in two, what then?

Do we dare to imagine the civil unrest of the “Hanson’s Australians” attacking the bludging poor in the streets?

Do we dare to imagine “Hanson’s Australians” attacking young single mothers and calling scum and slutty whores and thieves who steal taxes?

Do we dare to imagine the intensity of racial hatred and racial violence we have never known before?

Do we dare to imagine Hanson’s Australia?  The Greens did and they turned their backs.

Did the Greens just divide the Nation? Yes, they did.

The Greens symbolically asked every Australian to divide and either stand with “Hanson’s Australians” or with all Australians.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

In six years time, don’t let there be no-one left to speak for you.

The Greens have divided the Nation.

Today is the day to decide on which side you stand.

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About trishcorry

I love to discuss Australian Politics. My key areas of interest are Welfare, Disadvantage, emotions in the workplace, organisational behaviour, stigma, leadership, women, unionism. I am pro-worker and anti-conservativism/Liberalism. I am a proud member of the Australian Labor Party and you will find my blog posts written from a Laborist / Progressive Slant.

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7 thoughts on “Have the Greens just divided the Nation?

  1. The whole irony of this rise of One Nation to 4 Senators who will divide our Nation more is that the Greens misguided Senate reform timing to include a DD election has even given us more hate mongers than we could ever imagine
    18C is under attack again
    The Greens voted with the LNP to have a SSM plebiscite and not discuss a parliamentary vote as Labor wanted at this time
    Have a look at what Senators we lost and have a look at those who won because of a DD-I`m stunned and we`re in for a US style hate campaign on all our sensibilities
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    Posted by Bighead1883 | September 14, 2016, 9:47 pm
    • I don’t know why I keep having to approve your posts. It is set for people who have never posted before to be moderated only. So sorry about that. They do need to bear responsibility for the Senate make up. And so does Turnbull for being a pathetic piece of do nothing.

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      Posted by trishcorry | September 14, 2016, 9:50 pm
  2. the nation has been divided since the rodent said “we will decide who comes to this country etc” it has just been on the backburner until the mad monk raised his head from under a rock and crawled out.

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    Posted by bilko | September 15, 2016, 9:25 am
  3. Excellent article Trish.

    Who else will remain silent while Hanson has carte blanche on the podium of the nation?

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    Posted by diannaart | September 15, 2016, 10:51 am
  4. The Australian electorate and all us political commentariate seriously need to endeavour the unravel the mystery of how we got the Senate we did. Not a progressive in sight (Labor and Greens excepted) and all these right wing loons. What the hell is that all about? It’s utterly shocking. We are, as ever, 10 years behind the US politically. Tea Party politics has yet to reach its crescendo in this country. We’re in for a bumpy ride.

    Amazing that after 19 years Hanson couldn’t even manage to make the first sentence of her maiden Senate speech grammatical. Incredible.

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    Posted by Dan Rowden | September 15, 2016, 2:32 pm

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Trish Corry

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I love to discuss Australian Politics. My key areas of interest are Welfare, Disadvantage, emotions in the workplace, organisational behaviour, stigma, leadership, women, unionism. I am pro-worker and anti-conservativism/Liberalism. I am a proud member of the Australian Labor Party and you will find my blog posts written from a Laborist / Progressive Slant.

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