This affair is a dangerous,travesty of democracy. The numbers simply don't add up to support genuine concern for social unrest. Immigration minister Chris Bowen late last year sat on Dutch MP Geert Wilders' visiting visa for two months forcing a cancellation of speaking engagements.
However, Labor's tentacles of control are long and coercive. Wilders' visa for his planned February engagements has been obtained but not so for venues.
What is Labor so afraid of? Muslims in Australia edge 2%, militant trouble makers being a small fraction of that. If this is driven by Gillards guru John McTernan, a foreigner far more socially divisive to Australians than Geert Wilders could ever be, the real fear for Labor will be realised when freedom loving voters prove their numbers at the polling booth later this year. Perhaps then the proven agent provocateur to our social harmony will have their visa cancelled and sent packing, without a taxpayer funded bonus. GC.Ed.
''In Sydney, venues that were initially available were cancelled or would not take the booking when they realised who the speaker was,'' she told me. She provided a list of rejections: the Hilton Hotel, North Sydney Leagues Club, Sydney Masonic Centre, Wesley Convention Centre, Luna Park Function Centre, the Concourse at Chatswood and the Sir John Clancy Auditorium at the University of NSW.
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