Stop the Hammered Hate Music Festival Petition
The petition can be found here
We originally wrote about the hate festival here
Also briefly interviewed by The Project is a Queensland politician. In general terms, the reaction by politicians to the event has been routine: condemnation. However Independent Queensland MP Rob Messenger…has launched an online petition in protest against the controversial neo-Nazi “Hammered Music Festival”, after being contacted by members of the public supporting his recent comments on 4BC radio.
The petition calls for the Premier and Opposition Leader to commit to supporting legislative changes that will ensure Queensland has the toughest laws in Australia which enable the banning and punishment of neo-Nazis and other race hate proponents.
The petition notes that local, state and federal political leaders have been reluctant to publicly condemn, or commit to using all laws necessary to ban, this Neo Nazi, race hatred-inspired gathering, with some political leaders blaming inadequate laws as an excuse for not being able to ban Neo Nazi rallies, events and activities.
We wonder what the people of Queensland think after having this event imposed on them for the third year in a row, right after the tragic floods of 2010 have just been commemorated.
Is Queensland going to be forever tainted as the Hate State? With all the condemnatory international publicity will international tourists think twice about Queensland as a destination, thus depriving the state of much-needed revenue?
In other situations elsewhere local government has been able to use its regulations to prevent undesirable groups from gathering. And one remembers the efficiency and enthusiasm with which former Queensland governments were able to silence demonstrations against the Vietnam War for instance.
With a State election coming up we also wonder how much political wisdom would seek to alarm mainstream Queenslanders, to insult and offend minorities within the state, including Indigenous Queenslanders, and to make Queensland a laughing stock in the rest of Australia, who has so far managed to make these freaks largely unwelcome.
So what are we going to think of when someone says “music in Queensland”
The popular and successful Woodford Folk Festival, which draws people from all over the world?
Or yet another unwanted hate music gathering of gutter grubs?