Australian Greens spokesperson for multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, today called on Senator Cory Bernardi and all Australian politicians to distance themselves from Geert Wilders, following the decision to approve his visa application.
“Now that the Immigration Minister has approved the visa application of Geert Wilders, community leaders and politicians of all stripes must reject his hateful rhetoric,” said Senator Di Natale.
“This is one of the most high-profile anti-Islam campaigners in the world, who has previously described the Muslim culture as retarded and barbaric, and has compared the Koran to Mein Kampf.
“A fortnight ago I introduced a motion into the Senate condemning his statements but it was rejected by both of the old parties.
“Australia’s democracy and the institution of multiculturalism are strong enough to withstand the hate speech of one man, but our politicians should be the first line of defence, especially in the context of recent events.
“Last year we learned that Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi met with Geert Wilders, invited him to come to Australia and offered to help organise his trip.
“Now that Mr Wilders is likely to visit Australia it is more critical than ever that Australian politicians and community leaders reject his hateful views.”
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