Election special No 18 – Liberal staffer for Greenway’s Jaymes Diaz allegedly threatens Labor staffer in NSW’s most marginal seat

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ALP volunteer Nicole Scott was verbally abused by a Liberal staffer for Greenway candidate Jaymes Diaz who allegedly tore down candidate signs for Labor’s Michelle Rowland. Source: News Limited

A LABOR PARTY staffer was left terrified in tears and phoned the police after she was allegedly threatened by an “aggressive” Liberal Party volunteer who ripped down “unauthorised signs” mocking Greenway candidate Jaymes Diaz.

Toongabbie NSW MP Nathan Rees staffer Nicole Scott said she was abused by the man, who wouldn’t identify himself to the Telegraph as he bundled the torn signs into his boot and drove off, at Lalor Park Public School before 10am.

“He started pulling them off the fence and abusing me saying these are illegal, these are not authorised by the Labor Party they are coming off. I said they have nothing to do with me do what you want,” she said.

“He started ripping them off the fence like he was going mad, like a bloody psycho.

“I am not here to be abused, it has just upset me. I don’t like aggressive men, I am shaking. I’ve done this for a long time and I don’t have to be abused.”

One of two Liberal party volunteers told the man to “calm down” and both claimed they had no idea who the man in a Liberal T-shirt was.

The Liberal staffer for Liberal candidate for Greenway Jaymes Diaz who allegedly tore down Labor campaign signs for Michelle Rowland outside Lalor Park Public School. Source: News Limited

The man denied he had threatened Ms Scott.

“It’s busy. No not at all. These are unauthorised signs,” he said.

Ms Scott said the man mocked her when she became upset.

“He said you are only upset because you are losing. I said mate it’s only 10 o’clock,” she said.

“His aggressive behaviour, it frightened me. I’ve been around for a long time, I I’ve had a lot of people who hate us but not with that aggression.

“I don’t think aggressive people like that do anyone any favours.”

The fight for NSW’s most marginal seat has been heated barely hours after polls opened with claims bot both major parties of their signs being defaced and removed.

Labor volunteers guarded polling booths overnight, sleeping in their cars, with one saying he confronted a man ripping down ALP signs in Seven Hills early this morning.

Australian Voice Party candidate Jamie Cavanough said Nazi symbols and blood had been sprayed on Ms Rowland’s signs in Lalor Park.

“You could smell the blood. I am a farmer I know what it smells like,” he said.

Jaymes Diaz campaign manager and brother of Greenway candidate Jayson Diaz showing the defaced signs. Pic: Ben McClellan Source: News Limited

He said although his party had preferenced the Liberals over Labor on his how to vote cards he would be telling voters to choose who they want because he was so disgusted by the dirty trick tactics of both sides.

Unable to match the resources of the major parties Mr Cavanough said several of his signs had been removed at several polling booths.

There were reports on Twitter a bus was driving around the Blacktown seat playing the embarrassing Channel 10 interview of Mr Diaz being unable to name the Coalition’s six-point asylum seeker policy.

The media shy Mr Diaz has already voted and the Liberal Party won’t say which booths he will be manning despite repeated requests from the Telegraph.

Ms Rowland will be at two large booths in the conservative leaning northern part of the seat in Kellyville Ridge and Glenwood to try to win over potential Liberal voters before celebrating or commiserating with supporters at Blacktown RSL.

The poster attack came as Jayson Diaz, brother and campaign manager of Liberal candidate Jaymes Diaz, confirmed he had removed a number of anti-Diaz posters during the night.

He claimed the signs had been erected in “unauthorised” locations such as the Blacktown Council building.

The Blacktown-based seat is held by the ALP by just 1402 votes.

While the Liberal Party is predicted to claim up a swag of western Sydney seats, the bumbling campaign performance of Mr Diaz has left Labor hopeful of holding the seat.

Mr Diaz was unable to list the Coalition’s six-point asylum seeker policy in an embarrassing television interview that went viral globally. Most of the other seven candidates in the seat have placed the former lawyer at the bottom of their how-to-vote cards.

He said although his party had preferenced the Liberals over Labor on his how to vote cards he would be telling voters to choose who they want because he was so disgusted by the dirty trick tactics of both sides.

Unable to match the resources of the major parties Mr Cavanough said several of his signs had been removed at several polling booths.

There were reports on Twitter a bus was driving around the Blacktown seat playing the embarrassing Channel 10 interview of Mr Diaz being unable to name the Coalition’s six-point asylum seeker policy.

The media shy Mr Diaz has already voted and the Liberal Party won’t say which booths he will be manning despite repeated requests from the Telegraph.

Ms Rowland will be at two large booths in the conservative leaning northern part of the seat in Kellyville Ridge and Glenwood to try to win over potential Liberal voters before celebrating or commiserating with supporters at Blacktown RSL.

Labor’s candidate for Greenway Michelle Rowland’s campaign posters were vandalised. Source: News Limited

Labor and Liberal volunteers from Greenway were still desperately trying to clean up the broken placards and replace vandalised signs as polling booths prepared to open at 8am.

In the early hours of the morning, Australian Voice Party candidate Jamie Cavanough spotted a number of posters for sitting Labor MP Michelle Rowland allegedly doused in “pig’s blood”.

On his Facebook page, he described it as, “the utmost disgusting foul thing I have ever come across”.

Mr Cavanough said he reported the matter but Blacktown Police were unable to confirm if they were taking it any further.

The poster attack came as Jayson Diaz, brother and campaign manager of Liberal candidate Jaymes Diaz, confirmed he had removed a number of anti-Diaz posters during the night.

He claimed the signs had been erected in “unauthorised” locations such as the Blacktown Council building.

The Blacktown-based seat is held by the ALP by just 1402 votes.

While the Liberal Party is predicted to claim up a swag of western Sydney seats, the bumbling campaign performance of Mr Diaz has left Labor hopeful of holding the seat.

Mr Diaz was unable to list the Coalition’s six-point asylum seeker policy in an embarrassing television interview that went viral globally. Most of the other seven candidates in the seat have placed the former lawyer at the bottom of their how-to-vote cards.

Breaking News – Old Tricks: homophobia in Moreton and Blaxland

This unauthorised piece of homophobia has surfaced in the Division of Moreton, currently held by Labor’s Graham Perrett.

The flyer implies it is from the LNP, but LNP sources have denied it.

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The flyer carries no party endorsement and no authorisation, hence it is illegal under the Commonwealth Electoral Act.

We uploaded this one to this site which is run by Open Australia.org, a democracy advocacy site.

There are some virtually identical leaflets which have surfaced in Blaxland as well. Blaxland is held by Labor Minister Jason Clare.

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This one however carries an authorisation

Authorised by A. Campbell 56 Brushwood Drive Alford’s Point NSW

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We know that there are several fringe fundamentalist parties and candidates standing in this election who oppose homosexuality and same sex marriage.

We also remember the concerted campaign against the Greens run by the secretive Exclusive Brethren sect.

The Brethren have extensive property and business interests in the north-west of Sydney and run a school at Meadowbank under their MET trust.

* We have obscured the faces of the little girls used on the pamphlets

Election special No 7 – $200 each! Coalition to fund straight couples

This election we have eagerly been awaiting yet more socially regressive policies from the major parties. This one however had slipped under the radar until the folk at Same same drew our attention to it.

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Tony Abbott’s Coalition isn’t just against giving same-sex couples the right to marry, they’re also promising they’ll give heterosexual marriages a helping hand to the tune of a $200 voucher each.

On the Australian Christian Lobby’s Australia Votes guide to the election, the Liberal National Coalition was asked: “What will your party do to encourage marriage and resilience in couple relationships?”

Here’s the surprising response: “The Coalition will provide a $200 voucher to all couples when they register their intention to marry, which will be redeemable on an approved marriage education, counselling or parenting skills service.

“Couples can use this voucher before or after their wedding to choose the service that best suits their needs, be it one which assists in developing communication skills, conflict resolution, financial management, parenting skills, or for counselling services if problems arise in a marriage.”

“The Coalition will provide a $200 voucher to all couples when they register their intention to marry.”

While the Coalition’s refusal to support marriage equality leaves same-sex families with kids out in the cold, they add: “The Coalition, if elected, will place a greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention as a means of ameliorating the negative consequences of poverty, family dysfunction and social exclusion.”

They also reiterated their stance on marriage: “The Coalition policy supports the current definition of marriage contained in the Marriage Act.”

“Any change to the policy would be a matter for the Party Room in the future, as is the case with all policies,” their response added, concluding: “Tony Abbott supports the existing definition of marriage.”

The Australian Labor Party’s policy on the increasingly uncontroversial issue is also well known, and reiterated on the ACL’s website:

“The Rudd Labor Government believes that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and the opportunity to participate fully in society regardless of their sexuality.

“When the issue of same sex marriage has previously been considered by Parliament, Federal Labor has allowed each MP and Senator a conscience vote according to their own personal views.

“This reflects the fact that people of good will can hold different positions on this fundamental matter.”

Same Same has sought confirmation from the Liberal Party on their marriage voucher policy, and will update this story if/when we hear back.

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This policy, as well as being highly discriminatory towards not only same sex couples but also to hundreds of thousands of men and women in de facto relationships, many of which are of long standing and are legally recognised to all intents and purposes as equivalent to marriage, assumes that these “marriage preparation” courses actually deliver the goods in terms of preserving relationships and lowering the rate of divorce.

However no valid objective peer-reviewed data has ever been available to support that notion

Since it is a project of the mad mullahs at the ACL, do atheists and other non-believers, or non-Christians for that matter, have to sign up?

Do celebrants have to hand out the voucher or will it be available from your local Coalition MP’s office?

And is it available for straight couples entering their second, third or subsequent marriages? Some MPs may be personally interested in that.

The Antibogan would probably prefer a new microwave. 😉

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Islamophobia overshadows bipartisan multiculturalism inquiry

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March 26 2013 22:52

A small but vocal group of bigots can congratulate themselves for successfully hijacking a much-needed national discussion on multicultural service provision, writes Dr Chloe Patton.

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THE Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s report on its two-year inquiry into multiculturalism released last week is the most significant statement on multiculturalism in Australia since the Government’s 2011 “People of Australia” statement.

The Australian reported that the inquiry has been overwhelmed by concern about Muslim integration, leading its bipartisan Committee to declare that it “does not support legal pluralism”. Of the 512 submissions the inquiry received, 212 directly raised questions about Islam.

What The Australian omitted to mention, however, was that none of these submissions directly addressed the inquiry’s terms of reference, and were therefore about as relevant to the task at hand as 212 musings on last night’s episode of Master Chef. The joint Standing Committee on Migration called for submissions from the public to help it report on issues surrounding migrant settlement, the effects of globalisation on social inclusion, and the contribution of migration to the nation’s productive capacity.

More than forty per cent of what it received, instead, demanded that Australia abandon its policy of multiculturalism because Muslims are said to be:

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  • taking over;
  • not assimilating;
  • having too many wives;
  • having too many children;
  • marrying off their daughters too young;
  • killing their wives;
  • forming ghettos;
  • ruining Christmas;
  • establishing Islamic schools;
  • refusing to work;
  • building too many mosques;
  • taking offence too easily;
  • demanding Shariah courts;
  • plotting to kill non-Muslims;
  • bringing their families over;
  • wanting to live in the seventh century;
  • hating democracy;
  • not speaking English;
  • watching too much Arabic news on satellite TV;
  • wearing burqas;
  • eating halal food;
  • mutilating genitals;
  • wrecking Europe;
  • hampering access to suburban public swimming pools;

and so on.

These submissions paint such a detailed and disturbing picture of the Islamophobic attitudes held by some Australians that it is worthwhile considering whether they are representative of broader public opinion.

The answer? Not exactly.

Fundamentalist Christians were significantly over-represented among the voices heard. The inquiry’s final report notes that around eighty per cent of the submissions declared that Australia is a Christian country and should not accommodate other value systems. Many of the anonymous individual submission authors identified themselves as Christian. A number of unfounded claims cited in the report’s chapter on Islam – for instance, that 15 per cent of Australian Muslims hold fundamentalist views – were attributed to a Christian organisation called the Salt Shakers, whose website indicates they strongly support the political views of Geert Wilders. Two Christian anti-abortion lobby groups, the Family Council of Victoria and the Endeavour Forum, are also cited in the report.

A further two extreme-right racist groups round out the views of organisations included among the Islamophobic submissions. The Australia Defence League is a small local chapter of the neo-Nazi street groups more common in Europe, while the Q Society of Australia received national notoriety recently for bringing Wilders to these shores.

While much of the rhetoric espoused before the inquiry can be dismissed as the ramblings of fringe-dwelling tinfoil-hat wearers, it is worth recognising that a significant number of Australians have problems accepting Islam as a legitimate part of the Australian social landscape. As the inquiry’s report notes, in 2012 the Scanlan Foundation found that one in four Australians hold negative feelings about Islam. Fifty-six per cent of respondents to a 2011 Essential Research poll said they were concerned about the number of Muslims living in Australia, with roughly half saying they felt ‘very concerned’. A quarter of the overall sample polled said that Muslims should be excluded from Australia’s migrant intake.

Dog whistle politics from both major parties appears to be stoking xenophobic fears in the community. Image: Left Flank

Interestingly, 65 per cent of respondents to the latter poll believed that the proportion of the Australian population that identifies as Muslim is higher than it is. When informed of the correct figure (1.7 per cent), a significant number of respondents reassessed their views. In light of this apparent mutability of Islamophobic views, the Committee’s painstaking efforts to debunk the misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in its report are commendable.

The report’s statement about legal pluralism was only part of one of the recommendations made in its chapter on Islam. The Committee also recommends that the Australian Government continue to support programs promoting intercultural and interfaith understanding in Australian universities, institutions and the community sector. It recommends the institution of regular interfaith and intercultural dialogues involving the broader community leadership to better target settlement services and foster wider inter-community understanding.

I would suggest that in addition to investing in feel-good interfaith activities, the Government gets as tough on Islamophobic extremism as it is on Islamic extremism. Perhaps it’s high time the narrative of concern over extremism in this country is re-worked — let’s replace the young Muslim with the average Australian as the stereotypical vulnerable object of extremist ideology.

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Qld Labor candidate resigns over homophobic rant

Matt Wordsworth and Kerrin Binnie
Updated February 21, 2012 07:13:04

A teenage Queensland ALP candidate has resigned after admitting to a series of anti-gay rants on the internet.

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Photo: Former Labor candidate Peter Watson. (queenslandlabor.org)

Peter Watson has been forced to resign as Labor’s candidate for the Southern Downs electorate after linking homosexuality to paedophilia in website postings made around four years ago.

Last night the ALP issued a statement saying Mr Watson “flatly denied” the allegations, but the 19-year-old has admitted to AM that he did write the posts.

“I said that homosexuality and paedophilia were linked because there’s been some research done … and it’s been published by the Catholic Church, that suggests that 30 per cent of male paedophiles are homosexual,” he said.

“Well I made the comments, so I do agree with it.

“These comments I made about homosexuals were made when I was like 14, 15 years old, so we’re talking about four, five years ago.

“[But] I do agree in some sense.”

Mr Watson’s posts also described homosexuals as “social degenerates” and accused them of destroying society’s values.

“Well they do, well in a sense homosexuality does degrade our society’s values,” he told AM.

Mr Watson said the initial ALP denial was issued because at the time he was not “actually aware of what allegations people were talking about”.

Labor’s state secretary Anthony Chisholm issued the statement saying Mr Watson had denied the allegations to party officials.

“Well that’s what he told our officials at the time, clearly he has had a change of mind on those matters,” he said.

“Clearly the decision to ask for his resignation was the correct one.”

Labor will seek to have Mr Watson thrown out of the party as early as today.

“We will make a decision on that but I will be recommending to officers that Mr Watson be expelled, because clearly his views have no place in the Australian Labor Party,” Mr Chisholm said.

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BONUS: Cam Smith’s correspondence with Peter Watson

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