Where are our spineless politicians when Australia needs to stand up, defend democracy, and rail against militant Muslims? Geert Wilbers is an elected member of Dutch Parliament, not a criminal and as such deserves the right to speak in Australia. His audience should be the deciders of his delivery, certainly not commercial enterprises driven by fear. Threats from a handful of rabid militants is not good enough.
The Dutch politician's tour has moved beyond freedom to speak in Australia, it is now a shameful surrender of law and order by our politicians and our police to a violent few who have discovered exactly how to hijack a society of 22.6 million. What will be their next assault upon majority rights? The international media will run with this story and based on Europe's experience of violent Islamists it will be a gutless image of the "fair go" land down under. Shame, shame! GC.Ed.
...What is not contested is that a dangerous Islamic fringe is active in numerous countries. Wilders will be accompanied to Australia by five Dutch police officers. He lives under permanent 24-hour security.
Fear has arrived here before him. On Wednesday, the organiser of the tour, Debbie Robinson, told me yet another venue had cancelled and there had been another act of corporate suppression directed at the tour.
'This morning the venue in Sydney cancelled. There was a meltdown. The events manager at the venue was screaming. Right now we have no Sydney venue.''
It was not her only setback. ''Yesterday PayPal froze the funds in the account that is processing ticket sales. They will not tell me why. All staff keep saying is the account is under review. It's been like an Orwellian nightmare.''
This follows a refusal by Westpac to allow her to set up a payment system and refusal by more than a dozen venues to host a Wilders event, citing security concerns.Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/fear-doesnt-need-a-visa-and-its-on-tour-already-20130206-2dyki.html#ixzz2K9adJCuP