Green Panic: "Deniers" may hold the Balance of Power in the Aussie Senate

Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hanson. By Dragons Abreast Australia – originally posted to Picasa as Pauline Hanson, Jenny Petterson, Michelle Hanton, Joanne Petterson, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12314595

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Greens are panicking in Australia in the wake of the recent cliffhanger Federal Election, as the likelihood grows that climate skeptic Pauline Hanson, who has repeatedly demanded a Royal Commission into Climate Change, will control the balance of power in the new Australian Senate.

Australia Is Being Swamped By Climate Change Deniers

With Pauline Hanson looking certain to return to parliament, there’s never been a worse time to be the Great Barrier Reef, writes Liz Conor.

Fellow Austraiyans. If you are reading me now it means that I have become murderous.

Murderously, apoplectically incensed.

Pauline Hanson appears to have picked up a spot in our Senate at the time of writing, possibly even two or more. She will represent Queensland in our House of Review, where our nation’s proposed laws are rejected or amended. And it’s not a three-year term. Unless Turnbull (potentially newly rolled into Prime Minister Morrison out of revenge for the LNP’s slashed majority) finds some other spurious reason to call a double dissolution, Hanson’s term is Six. Six. Six.

Hanson will make extravagant use of the Senate’s committee system, already proposing royal commissions into Islam and climate science. How in chrissname do you conduct an inquiry into one of the three major world religions? Imagine the terms of reference. Are there too many believers? Should they perform the pilgrimage to Mecca? Are Humans superior to Angels? Will the Australian Royal commission into erm, Islam require the seventh-century originals of its foundational documents be tendered – the Qur’an, hadith and tafsir?

And why does Hanson even have an opinion on climate science? Why are racists climate deniers? Does Hanson have doubts about enlightenment empiricism? Logical positivism? The verification of Authentic Knowledge? Or has she, like most climate deniers and obstructers, featherbedded her campaign with undeclared funds from fossil fuel conglomerates?

believe we are in danger of being swamped by Caucasians, tax evasions and Australasians. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos, and do not assimilate.

We are bringing in people from Oxley at the moment. There was a huge amount coming to our polling booths, and they’ve got diseases, they’ve got BIAS.

Read more: https://newmatilda.com/2016/07/04/australia-is-being-swamped-by-climate-change-deniers/

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the climate enthusiast who toppled Australia’s former PM Tony Abbott, used a provision of the Australian Constitution to trigger a double dissolution election – a simultaneous election of both federal Senate and Representative seats.

Turnbull’s intention was to secure a clear mandate. But it all went wrong for him – the election turned into a massive backlash from former Abbott and Palmer United supporters, who defected in droves to minor parties like Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

Unless Turnbull is really lucky, and the remaining uncounted votes go his way, Turnbull’s only real hope is to cling to power as leader of a fractious minority government, with “support” from people who despise him.

So who is Pauline Hanson? Hanson exploded onto the political scene in 1996, when she won the seat of Oxley in Brisbane on a tsunami of populist right wing revulsion at the unwavering political correctness of mainstream political parties. She is one of Australia’s most colourful and well known political characters. She has been repeatedly accused of racism because of her strong views about Islam and uncontrolled immigration. She was convicted of electoral fraud in 2002, but the conviction was overturned in 2003 on appeal.

Her return to politics, this time as a Federal Senator, in a likely pivotal political position, is being greeted with horror by greens and socialists who frankly have been having a very bad year, since the “high” point of the hollow Paris agreement.

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307 thoughts on “Green Panic: "Deniers" may hold the Balance of Power in the Aussie Senate

  1. I hate to disappoint but don’t get too enthusiastic. Hanson may be a skeptic or even a ‘denier’ but she is also a complete and utter moron i.m.o., a hick, a hillbilly, a nutjob, a nuff nuff, and will do the skeptic cause little good unless she shuts her ( infamous in Oz) mouth. She is a great cfree ontent provider for the airhead msm but that’s the end of her strong suit. Her long game is the next press conference or interview or getting on her hind legs and raving to the parliament.
    That said, she does give the PC red brigades plenty of reflux so its an ill wind that blows no good.

    • Wait, you are implying that there is a “nutjob” that doesn’t support CAGW!?
      I guess anything is possible.

      • Turnbull tried to pull the Country to the left but while he wasn’t looking, up jumped “Big Red” behind him and could well have the final say on the passage of legislation. Funny thing is Turnbull has already said that she was not welcome in Australian politics, so he now has to negotiate with her from the grovel position. She has more front than Macy’s and I think Mr timid Turnbull may find her more than a handful.

    • Yep she’s a bit half baked but she does get right up the noses of our omniscient PC elites and their religion, so in that sense she’s good for taking the piss out of them by holding up a mirror to them all. It’s why they loathe and despise the democracy of her.

      • You aren’t capable of seeing this as good news and I feel sorry for you. Don’t you get it? How did Brexit happen, why is Donald Trump so popular? The REAL people voted for it!! Your marxbrothers’s education (of which you are unwitting) has lobotomized you to think “progressive”. The marksy folks aren’t in fact progressive at all. They always give their slogans an oxymoron flavor. Ever ask your self why the “Democratic” Republic of the Congo called itself that. Canada’s socialist party calls itself the New “Democratic” Party, the pre wall fall East German government called themselves the Deutchisch “Demokratisch” Republik. It’s because even they can see that they ain’t what they say they are. You designer brain types are like the Nile crocodile who, not knowing that the pesky biologists are trying to save them, are trying to bite their A55es off. Suspend belief and think for yourselves – the program can be reversed.

      • Readers please note that “a bit half baked” means that she has not been corrupted by a university education. Pauline Hanson was in 1996 an enthusiastic Liberal Party token nominee in the safe Labor seat of Oxley in Queensland. She was a fish and chips shop owner.
        She made some comments about PC unmentionable issues which were of concern to a great many ordinary Australian people. For this party leader John Howard loudly disowned her. The voters of Oxley showed whose side they were on by resoundingly voting her into the parliament.
        For this she was hated and vilified by all sides. Her crime was to pinch a seat in the parliament from the major parties. She has over the years been bashed from pillar to post, but has stuck to her guns and now she is getting what Australia has owed her for 20 years. The last laugh. I expect she will be good value in the parliament.

      • @Farmer Ted.
        Damn straight! Pauline is PC-immune, something we could ALL do with. She makes mistakes like anybody else, but she actually, clearly and publicly states what she stands for, what she really believes, which is quite the contrary to the left. People will welcome a lack of diplomatic PC swill for the sake of truth. It is a matter of whether a person loves the truth in spite of himself or loves himself in spite of the truth. Pauline leans to the former, PC idiots lean to the latter.

    • You’ve been sucked in by the alarmist media here, M Seward, most notoriously the feral coverage by our debauched ABC. How would you expect a “denier” to be feted? What part of her policy, listed below, would you consider to be the work of anyone fitting your infantile and vile abuse?
      “Hold a Royal Commission (or similar) into the corruption of climate science and identify whether any individual or organisation has misled government to effect climate and energy policy.
      Remove all subsidies and financial advantages offered to the renewable energy industry and make them compete on an even playing field with other energy sources.
      Support reliable, low-cost power generation. This has previously been Australia’s strongest competitive advantage.
      Establish an independent Australian science body replacing the UN IPCC to report on climate science. It will be the beyond politicisation and be the basis of Australian policy on insurance and response to weather events.
      One Nation will oppose all taxes levied on carbon dioxide, be it a flat carbon tax or a floating emissions trading scheme…
      Abolish the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and support practical cost-effective research into energy efficiency, reliability and dependability.
      Cancel all agreements obliging Australia to pay for foreign Climate Action and payment to the United Nations and foreign institutions…
      Remove from the education system the teaching of a one-sided view of climate science. Teaching of climate science will begin in secondary school and will be based on the scientific method of scepticism until proven.”

      • Graham. If she’s a nut job with that list policy’s, I’ll buy nut’s in 100Ib bags. She’s common sense on steroids, M Seward you seem to have brought a MSM narrative that is akin to character assassination, because she’s not left of Karl Marx and the socialist gang over at ABC.

      • If the burr under her saddle is contempt for deceit, there are worse ailments.. Go Aussies!

      • Unfortunately, those are about the only policies of hers that I agree with. Her others are quite contentious, but OT for this forum so will summarise it as being hard line anti-multicultural and hard line pro-assimilation

      • Clearly someone else wrote up her climate policy position and I have little argument with it ( going on what you wrote) on philospphical grounds but try and get that lot through the Senate and see what happens, same as some of the LNP policies, such as fiddling with superannuation or medicare ( ie co payments) and you get set up to fail like Abbott and co.
        Hanson is a racist moron imo given her over the top, wildly generalising statements regarding asians, Aboriginal Australians and now muslims. As for her climate science approach, good intentions but if anyone can stuff them up in the public eye, Pauline will and then where will we be?
        As for my ‘MSM narrative’ and being sucked in to the ABC narrative, hardly. I just don’t see the benefit of having idiots being on my side of an argument ( i.e. in the case of say climate change), they give away free kicks to the opposition all the time. Look what happened to Abbott with his ‘Sir Prince Phillip’ thing. Royalists might have loved it but it flushed his broader cred down the toilet.

    • The details are less important than that she seems to know BS when she sees it.
      A person does not need to be particularly sophisticated to know sh!t from shinola.

      • “A person does not need to be particularly sophisticated to know sh!t from shinola.”
        Not only that, but it probably helps (if one is not “particularly sophisticated”).

      • People who think they are ” sophisticated ” usually are; and flaunt their sophistry with their noses held high.
        G

    • M Seward, you are wrong, stop reading left wing propaganda. She may not speak eloquently, but certainly not a moron. You should listen to the greens some time.

    • You are not correct. Please review your terms, they are snob put downs of a genuine grass roots politician.

    • Please note, the number two Senate candidate for One Nation in Queensland is Malcolm Roberts, who is an incredibly knowledgeable guy on climate issues. He basically wrote One Nation’s climate and energy policy.. If he gets in, whoever is climate minister is going to have a very rough time, especially if it is Greg Hunt. It is really good that Pauline will be able to sock it to them in her opening address to Parliament.
      If you think Pauline is a hick, what about Sarah Hanson-Young?

  2. “Fellow Austraiyans. If you are reading me now it means that I have become murderous.”
    Proof that some of these people should not be roaming around “unattended” !
    Austraiyans ? Austrians ? Freudian slip ?

    • No mate
      Quite a few Austraiyans have difficulty pronouncing the letter L
      And Pauline Hanson may have a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock [maybe more than a few] but she is a focus for the politically and socially disillusioned. Not much different to many of those who voted for brexit or support Trump. Major political parties in the West have to accept that they are simply not addressing the concerns of their citizens.
      People like Pauline Hanson “deny” climate change because it has become orthodoxy among inner city elites. That is sufficient, not because they have read widely and understand the the difficulties of the AGW proposition [the same could be said of many of the proponents of AGW].

      • ‘People like Pauline Hanson “deny” climate change because it has become orthodoxy among inner city elites. That is sufficient, not because they have read widely and understand the the difficulties of the AGW proposition [the same could be said of many of the proponents of AGW].’
        Nails it and like I said she’s a mirror to them and their emotionalism producing their own unquestioned orthodoxy. They can’t understand how anyone running on emotion can be like that.
        Science and good policymaking naturally rely on the right side of the brain, with healthy skepticism and an appreciation of part truths and the tradeoffs involved. Why right rationalists should decide what to collect in taxes and how to distribute it and leave leftist emotionalists to deliver it at the coalface with right oversight.

      • a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock…
        I like that expression too much to not steal it outright. Unfortunately, it fits our leading Republican-in-waiting to a “T”.

      • There is nothing wrong with Hanson. She, like many people in Australia, the UK and the US are sick and tired of mainstream liberals with their insidious political correctness, support for mass migration of alien aggressive cultures and unwavering belief of anything they are told by the MSM on the telly and in the newspapers. That she can see the man made climate change scam for what it is – goes to her great credit.

      • ** Quite a few Austraiyans have difficulty pronouncing the letter L**
        And at pronouncing anything very clearly. So much so, that the national language is sometimes referred to as Strine….. There is even a book on the language called Let Stalk Strine.

      • “Major political parties in the West have to accept that they are simply not addressing the concerns of their citizens.”
        Accept, hell. They. Don’t. Care. >:-(

      • The “loose kangaroos” term is copyrighted by the inner city elite, who have never seen a top paddock.
        The word “Austraiyans” was first noted about 50 years ago by Professor Afferbeck Lauder in his publication, “Let Stalk Strine”.

    • There is a version of aussie slang called ‘strine’. This is the ultimate contraction of the word ‘Australian’ by bogans (aka uneducated masses). I think this is a reference to that term, as hanson is a bit of a bogan herself.

  3. I understand this is a fairly extreme right wing blog, and therefore many of the things written I will find distasteful. However, speaking approvingly of Pauline Hanson, whose sole appeal is racist (anti Asian, anti Muslim) is, I think, a step too far. If you want to push your agenda, associating with this individual is not going to help.

    • @Anthony Mills: I understand this is a fairly extreme right wing blog….
      You do not understand much, then. We can safely discount anything else you write.

      • Stephen Rasey: You have to understand people like Anthony Mills need to project upon their enemies qualities worthy of hatred.
        It’s called stereotyping – with a heavy dose of rationalization. And it forgives them any and all tactics because they have assigned themselves the high moral ground.
        An interesting exercise in circular logic if you don’t happen to be one of the targets for their organized campaigns of defamation and hatred.

      • I would say that “multiculturalism” and “anti-assimilation” are perfect synonyms for racism; the very essence of racism.
        For example American, as it relates to the USA, is NOT a hyphenated word. You either are an American, or you are NOT an American.
        Multiculturalism leads to balkanization.
        Assimilation; does NOT equate to extinction.
        The issue of ” islam ” as it relates to immigration , certainly in the USA, and likely elsewhere as well, is very simple; cut and dried.
        EVERY legal would be immigrant to the USA, voluntarily signs a document asserting that they promise to obey the laws of the USA, and also to defend it, and it’s Constitution against ALL enemies, domestic and foreign.
        If your culture approves and even encourages lying, as a means of advancing its cause, so you voluntarily signed such a statement, knowing full well that you have no intention of honoring that, and it is your intention to replace USA laws and our Constitution, with your own laws, that are quite incompatible with our Constitution, and our laws; then a rational person, would conclude that you are not a suitable candidate for admission to the USA as a new immigrant, and thereby displacing some other applicant who cherishes the thought of living under the Constitution of the United States of America, and enjoying its freedoms.
        Frankly, I don’t care what your race or ethnicity or religious beliefs or other facets of your persona are, but if you can’t even honor and respect the wishes of the peoples who worked to make this country, the greatest enterprise for good, and truly the land of opportunity; then I believe you should be excluded from obtaining entry to a Nation you intend to destroy from within, if you get the chance.
        G

      • george e. smith: Basically, what you’re saying is that this is the process by which people are divided and segregated, specifically by skin color/ethnicity – just so long as under the surface there is total conformity of thought.
        Purely superficial diversity, so to speak.

    • Objecting to Muslim atrocities is hardly an extreme position. Defending their behavior is , I would say, about as extreme (and stupid) as a viewpoint can possibly be.

      • But that’s step-by-step how you defend extremism. By accusing the opposition of exactly that, thereby making your own extreme position simply a balancing counterpoint.
        That way any ‘mediation’ is a constant ratcheting in your favor.

    • Anthony, Anthony, Anthony are you honestly this thick? “racist (anti Asian, anti Muslim)”
      When did Muslim become a “race”?
      Hmm you sound a tad on the dense side of the bell curve.

    • A first time visitor drops multiple ad hominem’s including implying racism?
      Yet totally without detail, facts, dates or actions? Baseless ad hominem’s in other words.
      Asia, full of Asians and oddly enough, of many races.
      How is referring to continental source location, in any way racist?
      Again, a baseless fact less, truly slime filled inference.
      Muslim? Race?
      What/which race is that?
      Turkish?
      African?
      Burmese?
      Indian?
      Arabian?
      American?
      English?
      Or even Australian?
      As others have already pointed out, Muslim is a belief system commonly known as religion.
      Things you write, Mr. Mills, are without civilized flavor. You condescend without any evidence of superiority. You express hate without understanding and disparage others willfully; all without evidence or proof of any sort.
      In doing so Mr. Mills, you surely identify what measure of man you are, clearly identifying what kind of person or human being you are, or have descended to.
      Look on the bright side Mr. Mills; from your current level of humanity, you can only improve.

      • Uhm: yes AtTheoK, but he’s politically correct! I don’t need the sarc tag since I wholey agree with what you wrote. +10
        Well said!

      • Is there a place to look up how many times a particular person has commented on this site?
        just wondering how anyone can know for sure if someone is a first time commenter?

      • “observa
        “Muslim? Race?
        What/which race is that?”
        Indonesian if you know your demography-
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_by_country
        Quite so, and a few hundred years ago before they emerged from Arabia, “Muslim” was Caucasian only.
        Hanson might be a few sandwiches short of a picnic, but so are the murderous (homicidal) Warmists.

      • ATheoK
        July 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm.
        Muslim? Race?
        What/which race is that?
        Turkish?
        African?
        Burmese?
        Indian?
        Arabian?
        American?
        English?
        Or even Australian?
        As others have already pointed out, Muslim is a belief system commonly known as religion.
        ——————————————–
        What about it been a clear open discrimination, a wide spread social discrimination, will the “technical” line of arguing that is not a clear proper racism make it any better or acceptable!!????
        Trying to justify by any means possible a clear wrong doing and an unacceptable action or position, especially in regard of society and social affairs , regardless of politics of all of it, is simply immoral, an immoral behavior.
        Considering other humans as lesser in light of their religious beliefs and their social position is discriminatory, is even worse when discrimination gets at the point of considering which religion is the better or the most acceptable one, is a certain divisive position which simply aides to further fractures and problems in societies… non civic at all.
        cheers

    • So…In other words, she has you “Geeenies” shltting in your drawers ! ..1,000 stars for her !

      • lets hope she can manage to need them buy big on depends…by BLOCKING or outing this piece of aussie bastardry!
        http://joannenova.com.au/2016/05/secret-deal-australia-already-has-an-ets-carbon-tax-starts-in-5-weeks/
        sadly she isnt the brightest but shes honest and they hate that!
        shes NOT PC what a refreshing change
        the abc and upemselves hate her
        prior she suggested that NO ONE ie the aboriginals getting benefits and handouts that other isolated rural dwellers didn’t
        should not get more than others..which , was FAIR.
        of course the social workers and those making a motza OFF bludging nice wages on public purse “assisting” the so called deprived to stay deprived…howled the roof down!
        and out of the big cities and away from the social wporkers n bleeding hearts?
        a hell of a LOT more people dont want many more asian immigrants and really dont want to see mid eastern faces moving in.
        they do NOT integrate into our society we are expected to accept/be tolerant/accept taxes to allow them halal food etc they want to run around in burkas then go to a muslim nation where thats the acceptable norm
        it is not in Australia
        Pauline and others got a LOT more votes than normal cos people know Labors a pack of union mongrels in the main and they hand stuff out but at a HUGE later payback.
        The Turn and the sidekick Termite (bishop) are strongly disliked..they knifed Abbott and it wont be forgotten.
        the greens are bleating whining citycentrics ruining access to owned land and water use.
        so the indys ARE the way we spoke up and hopefully denied the turd or shorty a majority

      • ozspeaksup. As I remember it, her statements for which Howard dumped her were not that aborigines should get only the same as anybody else, but that the huge money which had been spent on this problem had not provided a relief from the problem. She did not say stop immigration, she said stop immigration until the high unemployment problem had been fixed.
        Very different to what she was said to have said.

    • Anthony Mills —
      This is a fairly extreme right wing blog?? I have no doubt that Liz Conor’s rant was posted here for the humor of it.
      I suppose you consider Liz Conor’s rant mainstream? She is squealing like a stuck pig — finally exposing the hatred that has festered in her all of her political life.
      All “more holy than thou” left wingers KNOW that all people on the right are motivated by racism and bigotry. When the LEFT argues with the RIGHT if racist and bigot are not the first words out of the LEFT”s mouth they will certainly be the last.
      Anthony Mills you are a left wing bubble boy.
      Eugene WR Gallun

      • I have posited that the word “racism” will soon be stripped of it’s emotional power, and the reason is that it is simply being overused to such a degree, by so many people in so many circumstances, that it is on the verge of being meaningless. Actually this may have already occurred to some degree.

    • Um, near as I can tell, this blog has no ‘wing’ but is staunchly middle of the eagle. You do know Anthony drives an electric car and has solar panels, right? Also, if pressed very hard, I still could not tell you who he wants to vote for. About all I know is he is a ‘luke warmer’ who cares about thermometers. That is, a bit of a techno-geek.
      Perhaps you are trolling overmuch … without doing enough homework first.
      BTW, among my extreme right wing views are that the war on drugs was stupid and it was better when they were legal (I was around for some of that), that anything sexual is no business of the government (whatever combo floats your boat…), and that police and agency surveillance is way out of hand. Just in case you were thinking of calling me names too. (BTW, I’ve slow danced with a gay guy too… but beer was involved…) The stupidity that is the Global Warming Deception is non-partisan.

      • I too think governments should give up on the Drug War. Have you read Johann Hari’s “Chasing the Scream”?

      • Anthony Mills:
        I own and operate 360kW solar array, here in Ontario.
        I laugh all the way to the bank every month. It sure as hell pays better that pension after doing live-long engineering work for the benefit of the society.
        But I t still does not preclude me from laughing at the green lunatics and I find a lot of good company here on this website.
        Many people are amazingly knowlegible about the topics they write about here. (Keep up good work!)
        So go ahead and call us right wing blog, we do not give a “Flying sexual intercourse”!
        EOM

      • E.M. I’m with you on this all the way! I’ve never understood the rigid omnibus packages of the various political parties. I suspect such common sense views are well represented here. We seem to have dragged in the results of modern “core education” on this thread.

    • … this is a fairly extreme right wing blog …
      No. I’m fairly right wing, but there are plenty of left wing climate skeptics. We have no problem supporting left wingers who advance causes we care about.
      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/10/12/freeman-dyson-democrat-supporter-climate-skeptic/
      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/12/californian-climate-mutiny-democrats-side-with-republicans-to-defeat-jerry-brown/
      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/06/28/brexit-siemens-freezes-new-wind-power-projects/
      etc.

      • James Delingpole thinks skeptic hero Steve McIntyre is left wing, though Steve doesn’t broadcast his personal political views.
        Left wing people of integrity most likely see state sponsored lies as a huge threat to the benevolent centralised government they aspire to support.

    • Most posts on here are written by people who do not bring their politics into their posts. Eric Worrall is an unfortunate exception.

    • A bird with a right wing flaps around in left hand circles, gets nowhere & steps in its own dung,
      A bird with a left wing flaps around in right hand circles, gets nowhere & steps in its own dung,
      Birds with both wings soar & see the big picture (& they have clean feet).

      • You don’t know turkey vultures then 😛
        (I’ve had face-to-wing experience with turkey vultures. Long story)

      • Yes, as you’ve described, a country needs both strong, determined left and right wings to fly straight.
        Even with a bird-brain in charge.

      • Countries are not birds, and simply stating that two undefined “wings” are necessary for a country to function well is a lot like saying nothing, to me . . beyond the speaker being prone to accepting simplistic generalizations as wisdom.

      • Sometimes the direction of progress *is* backwards. Especially when being “forwards-looking” would ultimately send one over a cliff.

    • You confuse racism with concern over imported cultures which are damaging to the fabric of Australian society and the way of life we have developed to enjoy. Or maybe you just use the term like “nazi”, to try to dismiss any truth you can’t stomach facing.

    • Anthony, ‘extreme right wing’, mate you are clueless about what is right and what is centre. Take your anti-intellectual, dumbed down, bogan thoughts over at ‘hot whopper’, I’m sure you’ll fit right in.

    • However, speaking approvingly of Pauline Hanson, whose sole appeal is racist (anti Asian, anti Muslim) is, I think, a step too far.
      That is very condescending of you.
      Sweden has experience a 1400+ increase in rape since 1988.
      http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5195/sweden-rape
      “Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%.”
      It is long past time someone investigated if Islam is a religion, a political movement, or a form of mental contagion.
      Hanson is on the right track.
      Until we study the issue we won’t know.

    • Anthony Mills – You think that anti-muslim is racist, and yet you clearly think that Pauline Hanson is more stupid than you are, You obviously need help, so let me spell it out for you : Islam is a belief system, not a race. Opposition to islam is therefore not racism.

    • Oddly, muslim is not a race, and thus being anti-muslim cannot by definition be racist. Secondly, I really don’t see how WUWT is a “fairly extreme right wing blog” its either “fairly right wing” or “extreme right wing”, but not both. Actually, it’s neither of these things, hosting as it does papers from both sides of the AGW debate – but somehow you managed to get that wrong too.
      Thinking and usage of English isn’t really your strong point is it?

  4. Now that’s how you do a rant. Wow. The end of the world is nigh…for the Watermelons… I hope.

    • In the mean time the US democratic party platform is giving the go ahead to legally pursue CAGW skeptics.

      • The problem for them is that, when laws are written, they need to use specific language.
        And the specific language means that the climate liar warmistas will be the ones in the hot water.

      • David there is no democratic party in the U.S. It is the Democrat party. As you wouldn’t refer to Republicans as the Repbulicanic party neither should you refer to the Democrats as the Democratic Party. Of course Democrats love it when you do as the underlying impression is that they behave democratically and republicans do not.

    • Unfortunately, we seem to need ranters sometimes, if that’s what Ms. Hansen is. They kick down the doors for the entry of new arguments, previously locked out of the room.

  5. It’s good to see in some areas at least that the people are rejecting the crap that we’ve been force fed.

  6. Seems this is backfiring on politicians all over the world…
    BTW Islam is not a race….you can’t be racist
    But you can take God out of everything in this country…while putting in foot baths and prayer rooms as fast as you can….very confusing

  7. Hanson is a complex mix of ‘a take no enemies” patriot, a denier of everything she dislikes for reasons only she understands and a not very deeply thinking or well educated person. She is not the smartest possum in the tree. She is easy to hate or love. Dare I say it, but her electoral success is due to the appeal to the often emotionally driven half of the population with IQ’s below the average.
    The idea of an investigation into climate change is just more political interference into science which is best left to science. Once again we see an unfortunate opinion that relies on a consensus by those least able to understand complex ideas and facts.
    She is as much a problem as the climate alarmists she attacks. That is a lose, lose. Right cause; wrong reasons.
    The only positive is that she may stop the waste of money on unproven climate science and the errant policies that flow from that. She will be Turnbull’s, Shorten’s and other politically correct adherents worst nightmare and for that alone she is lovable.

    • “Dare I say it, but her electoral success is due to the appeal to the often emotionally driven half of the population with IQ’s below the average. ”
      That’s the kind of thinking that is getting the so called Progressives into so much trouble. Calling people ‘stupid’ in a holier-than-thou, condescending manner tends to piss a lot of folks off.

      • The smell of liberal elite desperation is getting quite nauseating ! ( can we classify that as a new type of POLLUTION ? ) :o)

      • I actually fully agree but I do love to stir. It does not change the fact that the general state of ignorance of many is prayed upon those who seek to advance their cause because they know how it can manipulate opinion. At least I am open about it and do hope it challenges people to get pissed off and then to start thinking impassionately and rationally. Dumb questions are easier to deal with than dumb mistakes. It’s a deliberate teaching tool, best delivered in person rather than just in writing.

      • Andy,
        “Elites”, as I understand it, is a more general term and does not necessarily lend itself to labeling any particular political affiliation. There are Republican Elites and Democrat Elites, Liberal Elites and Conservative Elites, etc… Anyway, that’s my understanding of the term.

      • ” It does not change the fact that the general state of ignorance of many is prayed upon those who seek to advance their cause because they know how it can manipulate opinion.”
        True, that’s politics… Politicians generally don’t want people to be rational and impassionate. Politicians tend to get upset when folks point out they aren’t wearing any cloths.
        Please don’t confuse ignorance and IQ, they may be related but they are not the same thing.

      • We’ve reached the point in the Western democracies where stupid leadership could hardly do worse than what we’ve had. Decades of ” the best and the brightest ” have accumulated trillions in debt and completely stalled economic development. And still all they have to offer is endless lies. You think a shake up might be in order? We need an earthquake!

      • If you were genuinely clever, POQ, a dinkum elitist, you would not have written “prayed upon”.

      • It is actually the left and the climate Chicken Little’s that are preying on the low IQ crowd, trying to scare them into giving up prosperity to empower the Leftists.

      • ” At least I am open about it and do hope it challenges people to get pissed off and then to start thinking impassionately and rationally.”
        You hope it challenges people to get pissed off? . . and then to start thinking impassionately? . . Pretty geeky attempt at human interaction, it seems to me, POQ ; )

    • POQ sounds to me that you are describing the radical leftists to a T “often emotionally driven half of the population with IQ’s below the average.

    • The idea of an investigation into climate change is just more political interference into science which is best left to science.

      yeah, sounds great in principal, but when “97%” of the scientists are playing kindergarten politics instead of doing science, then we need a political investigation into malfeasance in science. That is long overdue.

    • POQ
      “Dare I say it, but her electoral success is due to the appeal to the often emotionally driven half of the population with IQs below average.”
      Saying that tells me you have an IQ well below average and she does not appeal to you. You yourself are living DISPROOF of what you said.
      Eugene WR Gallun

    • “Dare I say it, but her {Pauline Hanson’] electoral success is due to the appeal to the often emotionally driven half of the population with IQ’s below the average.”
      By definition, half the voters are below average in intelligence and always have been.
      So voter choice was more likely influenced by the failure of the political process by which Mr Turnbull ousted Mr Abbot. Maybe Mr Abbot was not a good leader, but it seems in retrospect that Mr Turnbull’s opinion of himself was grossly exaggerated.
      We see the same phenomena in other countries where voters perceive that politicians of main parties act more in there own interest than for the people they are supposed to represent, but do not represent.
      The problem does not arise if something can be gained by turfing out the governing party and replacing it with an opposition that has learned something from its most recent defeat.
      But if neither main party learns from defeat, if neither main party listens to its supporters, then voters will turn to minor parties, which then become major parties.
      It’s called democracy. We choose democracy not because it is a good form of government, but because all other systems are worse, as Winston Churchill once remarked.

    • How are you so clever, POQ, when all you are is a “Useful Idiot”?

    • POQ: Appeals to below average intelligence types! You “progressives” can’t have that. The job of shepherding manking is the job of our “betters”. This democracy stuff has got to go, huh? Did it ever occur to you and your friends that it is YOU who are the stupid ones? It’s you that has bought into the designer brain education put together by the marksbrothers of Europe. An idea is a personal work of art, not a manifesto put out by the elites that we adopt unwittingly (witlessly). It isn’t too late (I hope) to get started on your own thinking. It’s scary but exciting what can happen.

    • @POQ
      “her electoral success is due to the appeal to the often emotionally driven half of the population with IQ’s below the average. ”
      The low IQ brigade voted ALP because they believed the scare that Medicare was to be abolished… even after they were told it was a blatant lie… even by the leftist ABC! LOL
      “an investigation into climate change is just more political interference into science which is best left to science.”
      More appropriate would be an investigation into why something that should be entirely in the hands of science has been hijacked into the exclusive domain of politics.

    • “The idea of an investigation into climate change is just more political interference into science which is best left to science.”
      That, to me, is basically saying that those who have already made science utterly (and menacingly) political, ought not be questioned or challenged. Please explain why mere mortals ought not see scientists as fellow mere mortals, some of whom (at the very least) ought not be trusted anymore than anyone else?

  8. Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party got more votes nation-wide than the Greens in the House of Representatives vote. Unfortunately they were scattered over the nation and no one got elected. In contrast the Greens got one seat in the House of Reps because the concentration of tree-hugging latte sippers is particularly high in inner city Melbourne. Also the Greens are expected to win 9 Senate seats which will do the nation no good but the media will love it. They are mortified over one Senate seat for Pauline Hanson and care not that they lost one Senate seat. May they lose them all next time round.

    • “Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party got more votes nation-wide than the Greens in the House of Representatives vote.”
      Completely untrue. The lastest AEC count is here. Greens 1,101,271 votes, One Nation 141,272.

      • OK. I accept your admission that I was wrong with respect to the House of Representative.
        However, One Nation did score more votes in Queensland Senate (136,000 to 112,000) which is what I should have said in the first place.
        Sorry about that. Not a good look on a web-site devoted to scientific discovery. Humble pie next on the menu followed by egg on face – special Chinese recipe. 🙂

      • They are still both minorities 9% and 1.27% and both toxic as hell to the majority of voters hence there percentages.

      • We actually need a 3rd party with decent policies. I guess Nick Xenophon is trying to do that but he is very SA state based in his views.

      • Who remembers the platform that Nick Xenophon used to get himself elected the first time? Nobody?
        It was to abolish poker machines. I am not aware of any reduction in poker machines. Gambling generally seems to have increased greatly since.

    • Well, I don’t believe Hanson is a climate denier. I haven’t seen any quote where she says climate doesn’t exist, but I don’t follow Australian news very closely.

  9. Hello, while not a believer in any of the Worlds faiths, I do like to quote the saying from the Christian Bible, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap”
    We the people have been told by our “Betters” who are laughtly referrred to as “The progressesives” all of the politically correct rubbish that they seem to believe in, and while I have no objection to any persons “Beliefs” I do object to when they try to force such beliefs onto the rest of us.
    As for the myth of Climate Change, well we the “People” already know that weather or climate is always changing and always will. As for the good gas CO2, the idea that it alone, and not the mighty Sun has anything to do with the worlds climate is simply laughable.
    So when our “Betters” try to use it to scare the populations and we the people blow them a very political Rasberry, they should not be suprised, but of course they are and now tell they tell us that we got it all wrong..

  10. Brexit, now this … soon, before we know it, the sane people will have taken control of the asylum …….

  11. How does Labour go from extinction, to most seats in a single election cycle? Australia is a massive country with a tiny population, very few real problems. Why dont they fix them rather than let the Tiny green minority dictate to them. Most expensive power and most expensive food and most expensive housing, how and why.

    • Heard in the queue ‘I don’t like either of the major parties, guess I’ll vote green” ..
      Since the media here that I watch have only given airtime to Libs, Labs and Greens I guess that’s all people were carrying in their heads as they went to the poll – We can’t expect folk to actually research the parties or read their charters.. that would cut into their relaxin’ time !
      Jean Monnet may have blamed democracy for the rise of the monsters in Europe in the past but I fear he overlooked the simple fact that democracy doesn’t automatically mean *everyone* got a vote – thrusting democracy on people will often lead to the election of monsters. People who can’t be bothered or who don’t understand the system will invariably vote for a ‘strong leader’.. often one who promises to look after them, much like a benevolent deity.
      Democracy would work a lot better if people actually earned the right to vote – by serving their country or at least passing some sort of test so they at least demonstrate an understanding of what their country is, and how their country and government function (.. at least be able to differentiate between state and national levels!)

      • Or perhaps, Karl, if they were property owners, or had a certain amount of money in the bank, or had an income above a certain level, or had a minimum standard of education, or belonged to a service club, or had a proper dress sense, or well-trimmed hair, or clean fingernails, or, I don’t know, were just nice.

      • I understand what he means, although there is no good solution.
        The idea that some irrational fool who knows diddly-squat about a single issue can cancel out the vote of the most informed and rational person in the country, should be worrisome to anyone paying attention.
        Some parties are very good at wrapping up the low information voters.

      • I should have said “no easy solution”.
        Having everyone well informed is a good solution.

      • I was thinking more of the old Greek and English principles.. vote =served the country as in ‘military service’ – the same thing that kept suffragettes from the vote when they first asked for it, almost got it then balked when they realized it meant women could be conscripted into military service.
        As opposed to the forcing of Russian and German peasants who didn’t even know that they lived in a ‘country’, let alone what the heck each candidate stood for.. or those prodded into polling booths by a leery great thug clutching a truncheon.
        We let people drive when they have passed a test, we let them perform invasive operations after they have sat exams and proved themselves – heck you need to pass a test to operate a plate compactor these days – but vote? nah.. everyone gets to pick whoever looks nice, is in the same club as the candidate, has proper dress sense or I don’t know, was just nice 😉

      • “Democracy would work a lot better if people actually earned the right to vote – by serving their country or at least passing some sort of test so they at least demonstrate an understanding of what their country is, and how their country and government function (.. at least be able to differentiate between state and national levels!)”
        Fairly good brochure section for a fascist party. Suggest you read some history of 20th century Europe.

      • Karl
        Science fiction writer Robert A, Heinlein book STARSHIP TROUPER posits a future where only those who have military service have the right to vote. You earned that right through service. (It was written about five years after the Korean War.)
        Unfortunately the Left turned it into a movie where the entire earth became one big fascist state. The earth started the Bug War by trying to hem in the Bugs by colonizing worlds ideal for the Bugs — but at best marginal for humans. (You know, the same way we forced Japan to attack Pearl Harbor, by cutting off our trade after they raped Nanking.)
        The Left thinks that is what soldiers do — start wars. I guess soldiers just like getting killed.
        Eugene WR Gallun

      • @Karl

        Democracy would work a lot better if people actually earned the right to vote

        How about disenfranchising government employees–wholly or maybe just dividing their votes by two? It’s a blatant conflict of interest for public workers to be able to vote for candidates who can raise their wages and fringe benefits. Or against candidates who will hold their compensation to levels comparable to those in the private sector, and reduce or eliminate employment in functions that don’t really contribute to the general welfare.

      • Karl. I lived in Australia for seven years, voted in at least two, maybe three, federal elections and a couple of state elections. My first two children were born there, I was a taxpayer and I barracked for the Australian cricket team (except when they played New Zealand).
        Where this comes from . . .
        “As opposed to the forcing of Russian and German peasants who didn’t even know that they lived in a ‘country’, let alone what the heck each candidate stood for.. or those prodded into polling booths by a leery great thug clutching a truncheon.”
        . . . I have no idea.
        Check a calendar. It’s 2016. And do some research. It’s Australia; almost as civilised and well-educated a country as the gold standard New Zealand.

      • “Graphite July 5, 2016 at 3:21 am
        Karl. I lived in Australia for seven years, voted in at least two, maybe three, federal elections…”
        How did you do this without being a citizen?

      • Patrick MJD
        I went to Australia, from New Zealand, in 1969. At that time there was a common border; i.e., you got on a plane in Auckland and disembarked in Melbourne or Sydney without the need for a passport.
        I left in 1976; again there was no need for passports.
        While I was there I filled in all the forms that were presented to me and along the way I enrolled in the electoral system.
        Part of my pension is paid by the Australian government, so I guess they found me on their books as a taxpayer. I know I paid taxes the whole time I was there. Most certainly, I was a citizen.
        In general, I like Australia and Australians and have been back a few times but, in the things that interest me, it’s a rung below New Zealand.

      • Graphite.
        “As opposed to the forcing of Russian and German peasants who didn’t even know that they lived in a ‘country’, let alone what the heck each candidate stood for.. or those prodded into polling booths by a leery great thug clutching a truncheon.”
        – This came from descriptions by Russians and Germans, post WW1 who wrote accounts of how they didn’t understand this ‘democracy stuff’ and just wanted to be left alone in their villages or on their farms.
        I am 6th gen Australian, a West Australian descendant of ‘the capitalists’ (ie, paid to come here, bought land and invested in infrastructure) and I’m aware what year it it. I also know people who voted against the federal Libs because they didn’t like the State Lib leader and when it’s explained to them dismiss it with a wave ‘oh I don’t understand all that stuff, I just HATE Colin!’, and the person who asked which one was the president.. pfff. OK I went to universty, I also joined the navy out of a sense of serving the country – I’d love a non-military national service to build a sense of community.. A friend who spent 18 years on the dole rather than work eventually got a job in the council laying paving – you should have seen the pride in his eyes when he pointed out some of the stuff he’d done – and his sense of community – man did that change 🙂
        Frederick I recognize fascism in Australia today, sure – if this is in the least bit true . Ownership of essential services by government, private enterprise free to conduct business, social security, freedom to vote, nationalism .. it looks a heck of a lot like fascism and a lot less like socialism or pure capitalism.
        I’ve read quite a bit on the early 20C and it was a surprise to me to read accounts of how rejected democracy was, and how this led to the rise of Stalin, Adolf, Musso and other socialist ‘leaders’ – as a person raised being taught democracy was for the people I couldn’t believe others wouldn’t want it. Took a while for me to see the ‘our team, their team’ mentality though, and not much longer for me to become jaded.

      • OK, Karl, you’ve been to university and read a lot of stuff about the early twentieth century and you were in the Australian Navy. So what?
        If your flash education and sense of duty have led you to see a connection between “the forcing of Russian and German peasants . . . prodded into polling booths by a leery great thug clutching a truncheon” and a modern democratic election and brought you to the conclusion that democracy should involve some sort of entry-level test, then I’ll say your study and service were wasted.
        I’m also wondering, do you reckon sixth-generation Australians should have a weighted vote, making their ballot more powerful than that of a first- or second-generation Australian?

      • Graphite
        (sigh) No Dear Sir, I was reflecting on Monnet – the ‘father of the EU’s post war view that democracy was something that should be eradicated – for failing Europe by seeing the election of monsters .. His solution to dictatorial left wing leaders was a MORE left wing policy of eliminating democracy altogether and installing a ruling elite directly. MY reflection on this was that this is absurd, although my reading on the origins of democracy revealed it did not automatically include everyone .. and I saw merit in a system that treated voting as a privilege rather than the confusing annoyance some seem to treat it as.
        We all know the left reduced the voting age from 21 to 18.. I also hear that the anti-Brexit crew wanted the voting age reduced to 16.. why would that be- Is that reasonable?
        Maybe some need reminding that voting is not optional here, it’s a criminal offense to fail to vote – OK maybe military service being a prerequisite rubs people a bit – you know, the whole potential for dying for one’s country.. but at least we could accept that optional voting would be better than taking the votes of the many people who do not understand what the heck is going on?

      • Frederick I recognize fascism in Australia today, sure – if this article is in the least bit true *. Ownership of essential services by government, private enterprise free to conduct business, a good functional social security system, freedom to vote and raise matters, a healthy nationalism .. What do you think – it looks a heck of a lot like fascism and a lot less like left socialism or pure capitalism to me?
        * I believe I originally came across this enlightening article here on WUWT

      • “Graphite July 5, 2016 at 5:23 am”
        That would explain it. The residency status of New Zealanders changed in February 2001 to temporary (444 subclass visa), thanks to Helen Clarke who now has a cushy job at the UN.

      • Well, Karl, what Monnet and those peasants have to do with your argument is still beyond me and you’re still keen on the idea of some sort of qualifying standard being set before the right to vote is granted.
        Had your ideas been in force in my parents’ time, both would have fallen short — my father had one year of secondary education and my mother’s schooling ended at primary school. My son was the first person in my family — and that takes in all my cousins on both sides and all their children — to attend university. Of my son’s generation, only one other member of the extended family graduated from university, and she has a degree so Mickey Mouse it’s embarrassing.
        So that cuts out me, my sisters and all our cousins and most of our offspring.
        Two nieces married guys who spend their teenage years and early twenties in the RNZN, but the idea that they were putting their lives at risk to serve the nation is laughable. They’d have been in more danger working as truck drivers or builder’s labourers. And I’m guessing that your time in the Australian Navy was equally risk-free.
        I’m named for my mother’s brother, a guy who’s buried in a Commonwealth War Cemetery outside of Tripoli, where he died in November 1941. If you’d put the notion to him in the 1930s that he and his labouring mates weren’t intellectually up to the task of casting a vote, he’d have told you, I’m sure, where to shove your toffee-nosed nonsense about university study and “service” — and quite possibly given you a fat lip for your trouble.
        You are, in short, a drongo.

      • The bit about uni and military service omitted a section in my copy paste – the bit that I was met witrh a wide eyed ‘why join the military’ from leftist uni friends who told me to leave that job for the morons.
        Sure my great grandfather fought, my father did not and despised both uni students, scientists, academics and military types and tossed me out of the house at 17 – my toffee nosed life was one of working and paying my own way from age 15 – my uni study was driven by a deep interest in chemistry and biology. The navy gig was in respect to of my grandfather who felt every man should serve the country that serves them.
        if you’d like to discuss rather than generating argument I’d be happy to share alternate points of view but keep your insults to yourself – I do not know you, and you know not of I. BTW, all that was cut short when at the age of 25 I stepped in to prevent someone getting seriously injured or killed and suffered instead – so the last 25 years largely unable to work – oh.. and collect not one cent from the governments purse or any form of pension. I continuing my studies at my own rate, and I still serve by not being a sponge..
        Could you and your mentioned family have learned enough about the government to know the difference between a state and a federal election?

      • OK Karl, you win. I’ll talk to my Catholic friends and see if they’ll put you up for sainthood.
        In the meantime, your question about knowing the difference between state and federal elections doesn’t apply in New Zealand as we have a unicameral system of national government and the provinces didn’t survive the 19th century. But the division of Australia into states is well understood by most Kiwis and especially by my family — next Wednesday they’ll be gathering around their televisions to cheer on either Queensland or NSW in the final match of this year’s State of Origin series. It’ll be the big topic of conversation all week.
        As for the reaction of your “leftist uni friends” to your decision to join the navy, how is that relevant to any point of the discussion at hand — your assertion that there should be qualifying standards for voters. I’ve known plenty of service personnel; my navy mates joined because they liked the sea, it was a steady job, they learned a trade — none of them are pretentious enough to kid anyone they were “serving the nation”; and as for their lives being in danger, you have to be joking.
        Also not relevant to the discussion is any misfortune that you met at the age of 25, nor is your staying off the government teat. I draw a government pension — should that disqualify me from voting?
        The bottom line is, democracy works best when everyone has the vote. Start putting up barriers and you’re letting fascism slip in by the back door.

      • https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/1997-11-01/rise-illiberal-democracy
        OK – I said that Post WWII was a time when a lot of people reflected on democracy and wondered how it could have led to WWII – seems this is still being evaluated .. (Karl Popper maintained any system at all was a viable one, as long as it could be changed)
        “Freedom House’s 1996-97 survey, Freedom in the World, has separate rankings for political liberties and civil liberties, which correspond roughly with democracy and constitutional liberalism, respectively. Of the countries that lie between confirmed dictatorship and consolidated democracy, 50 percent do better on political liberties than on civil ones. In other words, half of the “democratizing” countries in the world today are illiberal democracies.
        Illiberal democracy is a growth industry. Seven years ago only 22 percent of democratizing countries could have been so categorized; five years ago that figure had risen to 35 percent.
        (looks like there’s a few other people you’d classify as stupid morons who are looking at why democracy is serving governments better than it’s serving the people)

    • Out of a nation of 23 million, over a million of voting age voted Green. Not such a Tiny majority. With people in real jobs a minority, where more than half the work age population are government employees or welfare recipients who benefit from the socialist left, and even the ‘Conservative’ leader is left leaning, no wonder we are in such a mess.

      • There was a very good documentary about the future of jobs in Australia, basically, with automation, outsourcing and offshoring, there will be fewer and fewer real, full-time, jobs for Australians to fill. What will likely happen is more and more part-time, casual and thus, insecure jobs will back-fill. I don’t hold much hope for the youth of this nation who owe thousands of dollars in HECS (College) fees with no way to pay it back from a job in Australia.

      • The one million Green vote indicates the primary problem with mandatory voting. The uniformed real idiots who wouldn’t other vote are forced to vote for someone. Bad judgment and willful ignorance explain the almost significant Green vote.

      • “PA July 5, 2016 at 12:36 am
        The one million Green vote indicates the primary problem with mandatory voting.”
        Actually voting, ie, marking the ballot paper with your candidate/party preferences is NOT mandatory. The ONLY mandatory requirement is to REGISTER to vote. Something the lead singer from the band Midnight Oil blatantly ignored, and yet, he did become an MP. Once you have done that, you can do what you like with the ballot paper.
        Democracy happens once every 3 or so years in Australia. And given the fact that, for the most part over the last 3 elections, the results have been so close suggests to me voter apathy and the recognition our “leaders” simply are not listening. The rest of the time we live in a dictatorship Turnbull, Rudd and Gillard are perfect examples of that.

      • Some of us would say the Greens are 30% better liars and charlatans than Clive but hey that is just an opinion.

    • Voting is compulsory in Australia. This means that once you are on the electoral roll, you are supposed to show up and get your name crossed off, and then put the ballot in the box. You may vote informal. I suspect that this helps minor parties such as the greens to get a protest vote, and in a proportional representation senate, it gets them, plus other minor parties the balance of power.
      The Prime Minister who won last time, only lasted about 2 years. One of his biggest blunders was to bring back the knighthood, and the award a knighthood to Prince Phillip. This contributed to his demise, and the leadership spill, and Turnball.

    • No deep philosophical political science discussion required here. The ALP came up with a quick & dirty scare during the electioneering phase – one of many, as all political parities do during electioneering. It was quickly dismissed for the cheap lie that it was. BUT it stuck with many as being true. You could see the look of amazement on Billy Shorten’s face on election night that it had actually worked!
      The quick & dirty answer to your question is that there is a very significant number of very dumb people who vote in Australia. Little wonder the left is so terrified of getting rid of compulsory voting, like the rest of the world’s western democracies have done!

  12. Are Humans superior to Angels?

    Yes. In many ways, people are superior to angels. For instance, people obey Pauli’s exclusion principle.

    It has been shown that the Pauli exclusion principle is responsible for the fact that ordinary bulk matter is stable and occupies volume.

    Thomas Aquinas demonstrated that as many angels as necessary could dance on the head of a pin.

    He reminds us that we must not think of angels as if they were corporeal, and that, for an angel, it makes no difference whether the sphere of his activity be the point of a needle or a continent link

    So, angels are scofflaws whereas people invariably obey the laws of physics. Therefore people are morally superior to angels.

    • Please explain the connection between morality and physics, Bob! On the other hand I don’t really give a quantum crap! It’s getting late and there’s the risk you might write something worth reading!

      • Sorry about that. 🙂 I was just trying to parody the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas.
        Aquinas tried to prove things by using Aristotle. It’s really hard to follow in places because Aristotle thought about physics differently than we do. For instance, a feather clearly falls slower than a cannon ball. Therefore heavy objects fall faster than light objects.
        IMHO, people well versed in Newtonian mechanics should avoid Aquinas.

    • commiebob
      Mark Twain had some things to say about this. He left behind some uncompleted manuscripts when he died. These were bolloxed into a book called The Mysterious Stranger (if I remember correctly). My grandmother gave me a Complete Works Of Mark Twain for Christmas when I was pre-teen. I read The Mysterious Stranger and it was unsettling. It was so different from everything else Twain had written.
      Because it is a compilation of a couple of manuscript (with connecting passages added) The Mysterious Stranger is no longer considered to be a work of Twain. But you can get a good idea of who Twain considered superior — and it wasn’t the all powerful and inherently sinless angel.
      Eugene WR Gallun

      • Now that’s interesting. There’s a wiki article. There’s a movie. I can’t tell if it’s been released yet.
        All I know about the story comes from the wiki article. Mark Twain struggled with this story, which probes the great unanswered questions which have been asked by philosophers for thousands of years. Do we even exist? Here’s an ancient Chinese example of the question.

        Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.
        link

        Unsurprisingly, Twain wasn’t satisfied with any of the answers. Here’s Twain’s version of the butterfly story.

        It is true, that which I have revealed to you; there is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream—a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought—a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!

        If you get too philosophical you run the danger of falling into nihilism. As Mark Twain undoubtedly discovered, it’s a nasty place.

  13. I did see in the US news that Abbott had lost, apparently, but none of the secondary details. Leftists tend to call “racist” anyone who rejects identity politics–i. e. anyone not a racist.

    • isn’t amusing how the critics on the left often adopt the personality they reject without seeing their hypocrisy? Leftists often project and call right wingers racist for rejecting race as a classification system. For example in Oz the One Nation party proposed treating all Australians the same irrespective of race or colour – the left calls this ‘racist’ and wants to identify races as separate. ON rejects multiculturalism and wants Australians to be one homogeneous nation, but the left prefers cultures to be different and distinct – separate even. I see this too in the left rejecting traditional religions as being patriarchal, mocking the worship of deities – but then they create a ‘mother’ earth.. Gaia – who needs to be worshiped, penances paid to this fragile entity. Wanting more women in Parliament, they quota women into positions..
      It’s all just part of the long line of doing what is best for the the masses – like their eugenics policies carried out by the national socialists in Germany, Stalin’s socialists, Cambodia, China and elsewhere – culling the inferior of the benefit of mankind. dehumanizing humans for the benefit of humans…

  14. Well…
    It is too late to save the rats on that football-field-sized island.
    I guess being green is pointless. Apparently that occurred to a lot of Australians..
    Hope the US shows as much sense in our election.

    • A United Airlines 747 captain tries to make light banter with Sydney, Australia, Approach Control …
      Captain: “Good morning, Sydney, this is United XXX, we’re 50 miles out and have your island in sight …”
      Approach: “Roger, United … you’re cleared to circle the island twice, then it’s okay to land.”

  15. Liz Conor, a truly memorable rant. Perhaps the angriest rant I’ve ever seen. We need people like her on the sceptical denialist side of the divide.

  16. “Green Panic: “Deniers” may hold the Balance of Power in the Aussie Senate”
    Assuming this is true, perhaps it explains why those who say they will leave the county (US) if Trump wins, do not say they will be going to Australia.

  17. I would be willing to bet my house that One Nation’s climate policy (see below) was not written by Pauline Hanson but by Malcolm Roberts, a person who really knows what he is about and handles himself very well in all company. He was number two on Pauline’s senate ticket in Queensland and, unfortunately, as of current counting, he is not going to get a quota and therefore will not be in the senate to carry on the battle. So … I predict that when the media starts asking for detail Pauline is going to stuff it up. What a shame.
    Hold a Royal Commission (or similar) into the corruption of climate science and identify whether any individual or organisation has misled government to effect climate and energy policy.
    Remove all subsidies and financial advantages offered to the renewable energy industry and make them compete on an even playing field with other energy sources.
    Support reliable, low-cost power generation. This has previously been Australia’s strongest competitive advantage.
    Establish an independent Australian science body replacing the UN IPCC to report on climate science. It will be the beyond politicisation and be the basis of Australian policy on insurance and response to weather events.
    One Nation will oppose all taxes levied on carbon dioxide, be it a flat carbon tax or a floating emissions trading scheme…
    Abolish the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and support practical cost-effective research into energy efficiency, reliability and dependability.
    Cancel all agreements obliging Australia to pay for foreign Climate Action and payment to the United Nations and foreign institutions…
    Remove from the education system the teaching of a one-sided view of climate science. Teaching of climate science will begin in secondary school and will be based on the scientific method of scepticism until proven.

    • Yes Stephen Reilly, I believe you are correct about Malcolm Roberts. He ran for parliament in 2013 as the Climate Skeptics Party without luck. I voted for him this time. Still an outside chance given the complex Senate preferential voting system.
      Stephen’s comment (above) does not make it clear that his para. 2 onwards is the One Nation Party’s Climate Policy. I wholeheartedly agree with all of it.

      • Yes, thanks Crowbar. When I read my comment ‘as posted’ I realized I should have put a heading above my copy and paste.

  18. A commenter, Green persuasion on another site, says Hanson wants an RC on AGW, and calls it an attack on the periodic Table.

  19. Now that is a real change in the weather, ” “Australia Is Being Swamped By Climate Change Deniers” “. Would that be considered a downpour? Sounds unprecedented to me.

  20. “How in chrissname do you conduct an inquiry into one of the three major world religions?”
    For starters, by not blaspheming the name associated with the faith that proclaims the best news humans will ever hear.

    • Ask how many cities were bombed or how many innocent people were shot in its name in the last month. Ask how many times its key religious text says it is approved to lie to non-believers and kill or enslave those who are non-believers. Read the koran… it is enlightening. ..

      • In general there are two primary source documents for Islam, the Koran and the Hadith. Both contain very violent passages, but the Hadith is far more radical. Alas, very few Imans outright reject the Hadith, (Which was written after the Koran and is likely the primary source of violent Jihad) and format a purely “internal spiritual battle” interpretation of the Koran passages, thus for them “submit or die” becomes an internal struggle to surrender to the laws of the Divine, or spiritually die from lack of attunement to Allah. Those Imams who promote this “internal Jihad only perspective” all have death Fatwa’s (legalized Islamic jurisprudence death sentences) issued against them.
        Islam, in its current form, is fundamentally not compatible with the US constitution due to Sharia law as practiced and interpreted by hundreds of millions of the worlds 1.4 or so billion Muslims. Islam in this sense is not just a religion but a geo-political force, the very foundation of which is to convert the world and set up political structure based on Sharia law.
        As such without formal rejection of existing and formally practiced Islamic teaching and jurisprudence it would be entirely legal to refuse Muslim immigration and monitor and close many Mosques which teach ideals that are fundamentally and provably sedition.
        It is not prejudice, but common sense to reject a foreign legal system demanding second class citizenship for women and non Muslims, for setting up Islam as the only state, for advocating murder of those citizens who do not accept second class status and who are gay, and who advocate and practice F.G.M.

      • David A July 4, 2016 at 9:43 pm: “In general there are two primary source documents for Islam, the Koran and the Hadith.”
        I hope we aren’t ignoring the histories of it’s origination (the time and place), nor the history of the people involved.

    • In general there are two primary source documents for Islam, the Koran and the Hadith. Both contain very violent passages, but the Hadith is far more radical. Alas, very few Imans outright reject the Hadith, (Which was written after the Koran and is likely the primary source of violent Jihad) and format a purely “internal spiritual battle” interpretation of the Koran passages, thus for them “submit or die” becomes an internal struggle to surrender to the laws of the Divine, or spiritually die from lack of attunement to Allah. Those Imams who promote this “internal Jihad only perspective” all have death Fatwa’s (legalized Islamic jurisprudence death sentences) issued against them.
      Islam, in its current form, is fundamentally not compatible with the US constitution due to Sharia law as practiced and interpreted by hundreds of millions of the worlds 1.4 or so billion Muslims. Islam in this sense is not just a religion but a geo-political force, the very foundation of which is to convert the world and set up political structure based on Sharia law.
      As such without formal rejection of existing and formally practiced Islamic teaching and jurisprudence it would be entirely legal to refuse Muslim immigration and monitor and close many Mosques which teach ideals that are fundamentally and provably sedition.
      It is not prejudice, but common sense to reject a foreign legal system demanding second class citizenship for women and non Muslims, for setting up Islam as the only state, for advocating murder of those citizens who do not accept second class status and who are gay, and who advocate and practice F.G.M.

  21. From the article: “How in chrissname do you conduct an inquiry into one of the three major world religions?”
    King Abdullah of Jordan says there is a civil war within Islam between the murderous radicals and the moderates. An inquiry should probably focus on that aspect, since that is the crux of the worldwide problem.
    King Abdullah would welcome an inquiry. We should, too.
    King Abudullah wants to differentiate himself and his peaceful beliefs from the murderous Islamic radicals. We should help him do that by calling radical Islam what it is: an Insane Ideology. King Abdullah does.
    The Left wants to hide from this reality, and wants to call people who bring it up, racists, in order to shut down the conversation. The Left wants no part of confronting radical Islam.

    • In general there are two primary source documents for Islam, the Koran and the Hadith. Both contain very violent passages, but the Hadith is far more radical. Alas, very few Imans outright reject the Hadith, (Which was written after the Koran and is likely the primary source of violent Jihad) and format a purely “internal spiritual battle” interpretation of the Koran passages, thus for them “submit or die” becomes an internal struggle to surrender to the laws of the Divine, or spiritually die from lack of attunement to Allah. Those Imams who promote this “internal Jihad only perspective” all have death Fatwa’s (legalized Islamic jurisprudence death sentences) issued against them.
      Islam, in its current form, is fundamentally not compatible with the US constitution due to Sharia law as practiced and interpreted by hundreds of millions of the worlds 1.4 or so billion Muslims. Islam in this sense is not just a religion but a geo-political force, the very foundation of which is to convert the world and set up political structure based on Sharia law.
      As such without formal rejection of existing and formally practiced Islamic teaching and jurisprudence it would be entirely legal to refuse Muslim immigration and monitor and close many Mosques which teach ideals that are fundamentally and provably sedition.
      It is not prejudice, but common sense to reject a foreign legal system demanding second class citizenship for women and non Muslims, for setting up Islam as the only state, for advocating murder of those citizens who do not accept second class status and who are gay, and who advocate and practice F.G.M.
      The left will destroy itself in it continual denial of the truth about the last violent political dark age religion of antiquity that seeks political world dominion.

      • “In general there are two primary source documents for Islam, the Koran and the Hadith. Both contain very violent passages, but the Hadith is far more radical.”
        Have you never read the bible or the torah ?? some extreme violence promoted there – murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing, enslavement, mutilation, child rape …..
        A taster –
        http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/ot_list.html
        It all falls back to tribalism

      • Save… Yes I have and clearly your comment is my in the least bit cogent.
        For centuries Christianity has interpreted divine moral laws as natural; for instance the physical laws have Divine origin and touch a hot flame your hand will be burned. Likewise, the moral precepts; say a small community of
        1000 people all steal from each other, the natural result, social chaos and misery. In each instance the Divine laws result in predictable outcomes. They New Testament came to provide an increase in grace from ordained karma of moral choices.
        That throughout history at times humans corrupted every teaching is not relevant to today. In the last 30 days Muslims have murdered over 600 people in dozens of incidents of religious terrorism, supported by Islamic jursprudence in many Nations. Non Muslim religious terrorism during this time, ZERO. Non Muslim calls for a legal system advocating murder, a caste system, making the church the state? ZERO.
        Christanity had a reformation where non human violent interpretation of judgement such as I described, and rejection of religious poltical rulership is accepted and taught.
        Islam in current form is the last empire society of antiquity, sharing the political “rule the world” aspiration only with one world government EU type statists.

    • I have a bit of a problem with the term, “moderate Muslim.” There are 57, Muslim-majority countries. Can someone point to one that could be considered “moderate” by our standards? I’m sure such Muslims exist, but they appear to be an extremely small percentage, and would not survive an onslaught by the others. It’s very disconcerting to read that in a poll of Muslims in the US, 51% agreed on the death penalty for being homosexual. I can only speculate on how many more would support their imprisoning. I would love to see someone lay out the beliefs of ‘moderate’ Muslims. I don’t think that word means what they think it does.

      • Ethiopia possibly. Millions of muslims there, possibly about a 1/3 of the population and they want a Mosque in Addis Ababa. Of course, Ethiopian Christians say “Sure, you can have your Mosque as long as we can have a Church in Mecca.” which is followed, rapidly, by crickets chirping.
        But, in Australia, we have Halal….chocolate.

      • The world largest, Indonesia, is very moderate by almost any standard. It’s political format is very similar to the USA with the president elected for max of 2 terms each of 5 years. The president heads an elected parliament just like the USA.
        There is less gun violence than USA because citizens can’t carry weapons unless part of the police or military. They do have radicals and have had a few bomb incidents but no more or less than homegrown USA terrorists. So by my standards than makes Indonesia more moderate than USA.
        I could offer you polls from USA that are equally horrific as your homosexual one. Like should people who conduct abortions and the woman who have them be charged and/or killed. The hardline Christian groups will say yes in large numbers which is why Trump went there.
        You know the old saying, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  22. Certainly going to be fun if the second One Nation candidate gets from Queensland gets in.
    The guy will rip the alarmista to threads. 🙂

  23. THANK GOODNESS WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS ACTUALLY HONEST AND FOR THE PEOPLE…
    THE GREENS ARE SCARED BECAUSE SHE IS RIGHT, WHY ARE YOU SCARED OF A ROYAL COMMISSION ..TO FIND OUT SHE COULD BE RIGHT.
    YOUR JOBS ARE ON THE LINE….IT’S ABOUT TIME THE PEOPLE DECIDE NOT YOU.
    LABOUR DESTROYS OUR COUNTRY EVERYTIME THEY COME IN AND PUT US INTO DEBT SO THEN WE CAN BE CONTROLLED BY THE IMF….AND PEOPLE STILL VOTE FOR THEM.
    IF YOU WANT THE TRUTH GO ON UTUBE AND SEE LORD CHRISTOPHER MONKTON REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AT THE G10 MEETINGS.
    OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE…GOOD ONYA PAULINE HANSON I WILL VOTE FOR YOU

    • Please don’t post in all capitals.
      Not only is it hard to read, it is considered the text version of yelling.

      • What is this – 1920?
        We aren’t reliant on mimeograph or carbon paper (or employing an army of scribes!) for xx copies anymore …

      • I agree with Felflames, and I think so do most: Writing in all caps is considered rude, it is hard to read (I did not read the post…only one on the whole thread I skipped), and is generally taken to be online literary equivalent to walking up to someone and screaming in their face.

      • I automatically skip any post that is written in allcaps. Not because it is the written equivalent of screaming to attract attention (it is), but because the only people who do so are either under 12 or have the mental maturity of someone under 12 (ie, someone who screams to attract attention)

  24. A comments on the often repeated contention by some that Wattsupwiththat is a “right-wing” propaganda outlet.
    There’s never been any mystery about why the political left embraces AWG theory with mindless ferocity. AGW theory is the most useful tool “one-world-socialists” ever stumbled upon for transferring wealth from the “haves” to the “have nots” and justifying a central world authority that overrides issues of nation sovereignty. The political right abhors AGW theory with equal ferocity for the same reason. In neither case, does motivation have anything to do with the truth or falsehood of AGW theory. Both poles of the political spectrum “cherry-pick” facts that appear to favor their chosen conclusions and it is my observation that the left “invents” far more of those facts than does the political right (although the right is certainly not immune to such temptation).
    This site is, hands down, the best source on the Internet for obtaining hard data on which to base a conclusion about AGW theory. You can link to federal tide gauges, federal temperature and sea level measuring satellites, international solar measurement sites, on and on it goes. Since that hard data overwhelmingly refutes AGW theory, it should come as no surprise that this site is favored by visitors from the political right. It should also come as no surprise that this site is favored by skeptical scientific authors, many of whom are hard-pressed to gain access to a preponderance of left-dominated news and scientific outlets.
    What should not be lost in all of this is that because the site is such a rich source of hard data, it is also a favored destination of those seeking scientific truth for its own sake, politics be-dammed.

    • @Claude Harvey
      AGW theory is the most useful tool “one-world-socialists” ever stumbled upon for transferring wealth from the “haves” to the “have nots”.
      More accurately IMO would be to say transferring wealth from the achievers to the non-achievers.

    • Claude Harvey July 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm:
      A comments on the often repeated contention by some that Wattsupwiththat is a “right-wing” propaganda outlet.
      We want freedom; what do ‘they’ want?
      This snippet form R. Reagan’s speech “A time for choosing” (1964) provides some additional light on this L-R thing:
      You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down—[up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.

  25. Regarding Pauline Hanson (Hanson) – the overseas reader may be interested in the following background info:
    1. Hanson is no stranger to the Australian Parliament. She was endorsed by the Liberal party for the1996 election to the Lower house our House of Representatives. After nominations had closed and voting papers were printed she made some remarks about Australian Aboriginals which the Liberal party found to be too critical and extreme. She was dis-endorsed prior to the poll and the Prime Minister announced that she would not be permitted to sit with the Liberals should she be elected. She was elected and sat as an Independent member during her single three year term – 1996 to 1998.
    2. Hanson’s maiden speech to the Reps on 10 Sept 1996 is a useful summary of her views both then and now. Find the full text at:-
    http://www.gwb.com.au/gwb/news/photo/phtalk.htm
    3. As to the likelihood that Hanson will play a pivotal role in the next Australian parliament the reader needs to know that Hanson’s ‘One Nation’ Party appears to have secured two seats in the Senate (1 each in QLD and NSW). But the Nick Zenaphon Team (NXT) appears to have secured 3 seats in the Senate and the Greens party looks to have secured 6 seats. The Senate has 76 members and counting is incomplete. Postal ballots remain alive until 15 July so we might not have a result until 16 or 17 July (allowing for final votes to be announced and for there to be horse trading whereby either Lib/NP (25 seats at present) or Labor (23 seats at present) attempt to form a ‘minority’ government.
    4. If Hanson does get to play a pivotal role in the next Parliament (which is still only a slight possibility at this stage of the count) there is evidence from her past performance that she will assign a high priority to her Islamic preoccupation, her Aboriginal concerns and to her enthusiastic representation of dud fathers who don’t want to pay child support after separation/divorce. I suspect that climate is a second order issue in her life.
    5. With some coaching she might get to be an astute user of the Senate committee system but the words ‘disciplined’, ‘analytical’ or ‘intellectual’ are not to be found in her mental toolbox. ‘Unguided’ missile is a better descriptor.
    6. Look at the Wiki entry for Hanson to learn more about her colourful past which includes being sacked then reinstated by the party she founded and being jailed for electoral fraud (later reversed on appeal).
    7. Insert your favourite Chinese proverb here ………………………

    • ‘He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.’
      Laozi
      ————
      …she will assign a high priority to her Islamic preoccupation…
      Doubt that, Pauline has matured and will attack the Klimatariat with the intention of exposing mass delusion.
      France, Spain and Italy have all banned the burqa in public, Australia has a legitimate right to do the same, so she will play that by ear.

      • ‘He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.’
        Laozi
        +++++++++++++++
        I’ve no idea who this Laozi character is but that expression has been around horse racing, in reference to “inside information”, since time immemorial. It’s generally rendered as “Those who know don’t say and those who say don’t know”.

    • And that is any different to Greens pursuing there ideological agenda which represents the views of what 12% of Australians and most find there politics offensive. Oh it’s green policy and left socialist leaning policy so it’s not offensive … it’s just unpopular.
      She has a right to do that she was elected, the same right given to every elected person no matter what you and I make of their policy. I don’t like Pauline but I don’t like the Greens either so hey could you like me to list my complaints against the greens and whine like a stuck pig like you?

  26. Liz Conor

    And why does Hanson even have an opinion on climate science? Why are racists climate deniers? Does Hanson have doubts about enlightenment empiricism? Logical positivism? The verification of Authentic Knowledge? Or has she, like most climate deniers and obstructers, featherbedded her campaign with undeclared funds from fossil fuel conglomerates?

    Sounds like a whole vat full of sour grapes. Liz should remember the First Law of Carousels: What goes around, comes around.

  27. Anyone who challenges the green meme and is in a position of power can’t be all that bad .

  28. It’s all about “freedom of speech”. Just ask the ABC. They ran a comedy episode with a comedian who called the then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott the “C…” word on National TV. The ABC, though it was that funny they repeated the episode in case some people missed it. The only reason the Greens and the ABC are scared is that they know that the truth will come out about man made Climate Change.

    • I missed that! Very little coverage of that if it happened at ABC (Quietly “disappeared”? Would not surprise me).

  29. Moderator:
    I made a post at about 12:30am.
    As of 1:15am still not showing; maybe in the trash.
    Not a big deal, but just wondering.
    Thanks

  30. Hanson will make extravagant use of the Senate’s committee system, already proposing royal commissions into Islam and climate science. How in chrissname do you conduct an inquiry into one of the three major world religions?
    That’s an inquiry into two religions by my count.

  31. Do I understand correctly that a skeptic is the likely next PM of England as well?

  32. “She has been repeatedly accused of racism because of her strong views about Islam and uncontrolled immigration.”
    The left loves to use the smear against its enemies. You are a racist (among other smears) if you speak against illegal immigration here in the US also.
    There are other smears. One candidate got accused of anti-Semitism for using a star in a Twitter tweet. This in spite of leading the way to allow Jews and blacks to join a country club he built in south Florida in the ’90s. The elites fought him tooth and nail to keep Jews from playing golf. He got many accolades for helping crack that barrier back then — before he became the enemy of the left. No word on what his Jewish step-daughter thinks of it all.
    One writer dubbed the left as “the smear bund”.

    • Illegal immigrants are a political crap shoot here in Aus. Given our geologic “isolation”, MOST migrants arrive legally, with a visa.

      • At least they have a visa. No matter how many can to a country illegally in the past, as some point there must be some control or you will not survive the invasion.
        I assume as an Aussie, you have been watching the rape gangs in Europe “fit in” with the local culture.

      • I am not an Aussie, I just live here. While I abhor rape of anyone, rape and rape gangs are nothing new for Europe or anywhere in fact. However, the lamestream media target migrants, especially migrants with dark skin, and are over represented in their coverage of incidents like that.

      • “However, the lamestream media target migrants, especially migrants with dark skin, and are over represented in their coverage of incidents like that.
        http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5195/sweden-rape
        Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%.

        In an astounding number of cases, the Swedish courts have demonstrated sympathy for the rapists, and have acquitted suspects who have claimed that the girl wanted to have sex with six, seven or eight men.

        I’m somewhat suspicious that immigration from certain countries may be problematic, and that the authorities are not dealing with the problem in a realistic or effective manner and may be downplaying it.

      • “PA July 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm”
        40 years? An increase in incidents or an increase in the reporting of incidents? The stats are not clear to me IMO.

  33. “And why does Hanson even have an opinion on climate science? Why are racists climate deniers?”
    It’s because she can spot a con a mile away.

  34. [Quote] “Hanson’s term is Six. Six. Six.”
    Is Liz Conor invoking the sign of the devil on Pauline??

    • [Quote] “Hanson’s term is Six. Six. Six”
      —————————————————
      My reading of Liz Conor’s above comment was that Hanson’s term of office as an Australian senator will be for six years. There is no certainty that this will be the case.
      Of the 72 State senators in the Oz parliament – half are six year senators and half are three year senators. After a Double Dissolution (DD) election (which we have just had) the terms of all of these 72 senators commence on 01.07.16 (i.e. are backdated to the 1 Jul prior to the date of election which was 02 Jul). The senators themselves then decide who will have a 3 year term and who will have a 6 year term.
      We do not know yet what Hanson’s term will be nor the term of the second Hanson ‘One Nation’ senator who has been elected in NSW.
      Following each of the previous six DD elections which have occurred since Federation in 1901, the 6 year senators have been the first six senators to be declared elected by the Australian Electoral Commission in each State; with the remaining six senators in each State becoming the 3 year senators. This is a convention not a mandatory requirement. The new Senate could legally allocate 3 year terms to half the senators such that ‘One Nation’ senators are given 3 year terms.
      A ‘normal’ Australian election is for half the Senate and all of the House of Representatives. Thus the 3 year senators from this most recent election will be up for re-election in three years time provided this government lasts that long. If, as is likely, the incoming government has a narrow majority in its own right or is forced into minority government with support from some grouping of non-government Members in the House of Representatives then there is a possibility that the incoming government will not run for the full three year term.

  35. From the article:
    “Does Hanson have doubts about enlightenment empiricism? Logical positivism?”
    Don’t most people these days who have an opinion on logical positivism one way or the other tend towards doubting it’s claims, which center on the assertion that all human knowledge can be systematically reduced to logical and scientific foundations?
    The author of “Australia is Being Swamped by Climate Change Deniers” seems unaware of the work of Carl Popper, who disagreed with the logical positivist position that metaphysical statements must be meaningless, and further argued that a metaphysical statement can change its unfalsifiable status over time – what may be “unfalsifiable” in one century may become “falsifiable” (and thus “scientific”) in another.
    They also seem to have overlooked the contribution of Thomas Kuhn, who argued that it is just not possible to provide truth conditions for science independent of its historical paradigm.

  36. How about the REAL question that needs to be asked about Islam: Why do they teach that killing non-muslims is not only tolerated and encouraged, but REQUIRED and REWARDED?

  37. What used to be common sense ‘centrist’ is now viewed as “populist right wing revulsion”.
    My, my, my …

  38. Someone should explain to these dills that a religion is not a race. Whether one is justified, or not, or even bigoted, in disliking a religion (or even its followers), it is not racism! There isn’t even any equivalence between the two. You can’t choose your genetics, you can choose your beliefs.

  39. Hansen does make for good comedy. The Aussies in the audience may remember this parody :

    Google Pauline Pantsdown or Paula Pantsdown for more fun & games

    • ..Can’ you even check to make sure you spelt her name properly…or were you talking about James ?? LOL

    • And ironically the closest anyone comes to actually providing proof that she’s crazy or stupid like all the progressive’s claim is the Aussi equivalent of a SNL skit.
      Standard Progressive tactic. Make the accusation that someone is ‘racist’ or ‘crazy’ or ‘dumb’, over and over again. Don’t bother providing evidence. Once the public has heard it enough time they won’t even question it.
      “It’s been reported often, so it must be true.”

  40. In other potentially huge political news, FBI director James Comey is scheduled to hold a press conference at 11:00 EDT.
    I think this may be when the results of the Hillary Clinton investigation are made public.
    And we find out if there is a single shred of integrity in government in the US anymore.

    • What was the ‘count of staff’ (lawfirms, lawyers, aids, advisers, etc.) who also attended her”FBI interview”?

      • The New York Times……
        “Accompanying Mrs. Clinton into the meeting were her lawyer David E. Kendall; Cheryl D. Mills and Heather Samuelson, longtime aides who are also lawyers; and two lawyers from Mr. Kendall’s firm, Williams & Connolly, Katherine Turner and Amy Saharia.
        Eight officials from the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice conducted the interview, according to a person who was familiar with the substance of the session but declined to be named because the meeting was private. This person characterized the meeting as “civil” and “businesslike.””
        IMHO…..
        There is an absolute conflict of interest problem about Cheryl D. Mills and Heather Samuelson being in on the interview, because they themselves were part of the other witnesses interviewed ! NUTS !

    • …I stand corrected !!!
      FBI Director James Comey to address reporters at 11 a.m. ET. Watch LIVE on Fox News and FoxNews.com.

  41. I love some of the commentary, when a tree hugging hippy loser bank teller without a clue or a brain gets elected (Sarah Hanson-Young) it’s okay, but when a hard working single mother who ran a fish and chip shop gets elected it’s bad.
    Sarah Hansen-Young is far more toxic to most Australians than Hansen, she is like her idol Merkel wants an open door policy for refugees and that is just a start for dumb ideas. 30 days in detention and you are welcome
    http://sarah-hanson-young.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/immigration-citizenship
    They are both bad, but some people voted for them and they are both in … that is how democracy works.
    Do I like either of them .. NO … but they represent voters who have just as much right as the toffee nosed prats complaining.

    • Two peoples, separated by a common language. – paraphrasing Wilde or Shaw
      That seems to apply to AUS and USA as well; I think I need a decoder ring to decipher some of the above.

      • Hmmm… decoder ring
        Well, I’ve got one I can lend you. Sky King version, c. 1948. But I think it will need an upgrade. : > )

    • LdB on Sarah Hanson-Young
      ————————————–
      Sarah Hanson-Young is a member of the Greens party. LdB is correct to describe her comments as toxic. But she is far from being the most toxic Green in Parliament. Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW) comes close to holding that doubtful honour.
      The Greens in Australia exist as separate organisations in several States as well as at the National level. Thus we have NSW Greens who produce NSW Greens policy and Australian Greens who produce Australian Greens policy. The NSW brand is the more toxic. For a brief period in 2011 the NSW party adopted as policy its support for the global Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. This reflected the strong pro-Palestine and anti-Israel views of Senator Rhiannon. The public outcry caused a rethink and the party then resolved to ‘recognise “the legitimacy of the BDS as a political tactic” but not to pursue it as policy.’
      A useful discussion of the BDS issue in Australia and the US is at:-
      https://newmatilda.com/2016/03/14/brave-and-better-targetted-the-greens-new-policy-on-boycotting-israel/
      The party otherwise has a fairly standard leftist Green agenda including the phase out of coal in favour of renewables; strengthening the public sector including public ownership of transport; sustainability etc etc
      The Greens did not gain increased Parliamentary representation in this election but demonstrated strong voting performance in seats located in the inner suburbs of the Australian Capital cities. They have consolidated and will be a stronger presence next time. In the long run the Greens will be a much more toxic presence than Pauline Hanson’s ‘One Nation’.
      Hanson’s crew will flameout as was the case twenty years ago when ‘One Nation’ had 11 representatives in the Queensland State parliament (now it has none) and Hanson in the federal House of Representatives for one term only.

  42. Equating Halal with food allergies is a bit mad.
    I can see the flecks of foamy spittle from here.

  43. “How in chrissname do you conduct an inquiry into one of the three major world religions?”
    Islam is not a true religion as it controls almost all behaviors of the individual and makes the individual subservient to their god. That defines a cult. And, as Islam comes with a civic plan for a theocracy with plans for world domination and validates slavery, murder, rape, or oppression of all non-Muslims (infidels) and non-Quran-adherent Muslims. Children and women are chattel who can be abused, maimed or killed, all in name of their “religion.” No religion can be considered acceptable when it places such a low value on human life, let alone the lives of its own members.
    The Quran’s early verses are quite nice and peaceful, but the later verses become more and more violent and unacceptable. The rule for understanding the Quran is that the later verses override the early verses, which means that, if you are Quran-adherent, you are an enemy of the rest of the world. Australians are completely correct in questions a “religion” that is constantly at (deadly) odds with their government.
    You also cannot trust Quran-adherent Muslims as the principle of Taqiyya gives them permission to lie as much as they want to Infidels or non-Quran-adherent Muslims as long as they do so to further the goals of Islam to eventually create the Caliphate. They can rationalize just about any lie as furthering there goals.The US supposedly got into a treaty with Iran? There is no way that they will adhere to a treaty with Infidels.

  44. A number of CAGW scientists, quite a few from Oz, came down with a neurotic condition tagged “the climate blues” several years ago when the dreaded “Pause” couldn’t be ignored or rationalized anymore. Naturally they rationalized that their illness was due to being in the front lines saving the planet and studiously ignored the real reason – accepting the pause would mean realization that they had wasted an entire life’s career! Isn’t it interesting that truth and reality are so important to us that we will become sick if we don’t acknowledge it? The psychiatric definition of this condition….wait for it…. is being in D*nile!
    That was the beginning of the slide. It seems to have had some rather cataclysmic developments: Brexit, reversal of coal use promises, the rest of the EU nearing break up, the popularity of Trump, France’s Trump-like Jean-Marie Penn and with it all the certain collapse of the Paris Agreement and probably the whole “New World Order” so patiently planned by the marxbrothers and centered on the UN as the rallying point. Maybe we can hope to the dismantling of elitist politicized education-lite and its replacement based on logical thought and freedom of speech. We will definitely need more Trumps, La Pens, Hansons and Nigel Farrages to make it happen. Maybe Democrats and other elitist lefties will even have to doff their red capes to remain in future hunts.

  45. Watched some YouTube videos of Pauline Hanson. She seems to be pretty intelligent to me, and aware of all the issues important to the people who live in Australia.
    She knows the history of UN Agenda 21, and that one alone is good enough for me.

  46. Watched some YouTube videos of Pauline Hanson. She seems to be pretty intelligent to me, and aware of all the important issues of the people who live in Australia. She knows the history of UN Agenda 21, and that one alone is good enough for me.

  47. When she was around first time, I used to say, she asks all the right questions but gives all the wrong answers. I suppose that’s better than asking all the wrong questions and getting the wrong answers, which most of the intelligentsia do.
    Case in point: They ask (well, they actually don’t, they just skip to the wrong answer), will the climate get so hot we all BUUURRRRNNN?! But the right question is: Since the planet has greened by 11% in 28 years, feeding 600 million people and countless wildlife while CO2 has increased due to human emissions, according to our own CSIRO, precisely in accord with thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing that CO2 vastly promotes plant growth, would it not be reckless to risk reversing that happy development on the basis of unproven theories?
    But now she has a genuine scientist on her team, she might be getting at least some of the right answers to the right questions.

  48. We all need to appreciate the author of the title piece and the rats nest of lefties that now inhabit Latrobe calling itself a university (well named because they’re the antithesis of diversity nowadays)
    http://latrobe.academia.edu/LizConor
    With that CV you can see why Liz is somewhat apopleptic over Pauline holding up a mirror to her, bearing in mind LaTrobe women can be found hanging around in public toilets conducting their important research –
    http://www.news.com.au/national/academic-toilet-paper-opens-doors-on-dunny-business/story-e6frfkvr-1226266176545

  49. And these compassionatte airheads wonder why on their fat taxpayer salaries and conditions, crawling back into the safety of their leafy burbs at night and protected by their RE prices from the outcomes of their policies, Pauline represents the outrage of the battlers and hoi polloi that have to suffer them? Duh!

  50. Just my observation. Pauline Hanson was a hardworking woman in a Fish and Chip Shop, she related well with her customers, listened to what they had to say and understood what they were concerned about, unlike many politicians at the time.
    Her customers liked her and listening gave her an insight into what the average ordinary Australians were saying, she took those concerns into the Liberal party and in trying to articulate the concerns expressed by her customers, she ran into trouble with the PC Brigade and was chucked out of the Liberal Party (a conservative party in Australia) but became an independent.
    Not a good speaker but was raising things that others (from all sections of Australian society) wanted to see addressed. The liberals mounted a smear campaign against her and looked for anything that could brings her down, and aided by the media she was eventually jailed on what could be said to be trumped up charges but she was finally cleared on appeal.
    She is a very determined person almost obsessed with honesty and truth, and so easy for the clever media to get her to say something not PC but truly a representation of what people in the community were telling her.
    It is amazing that she was strong enough to come back into politics 18 years later and both the Liberal and Labor parties are scared that she will again capture the central conservative voice of the community and the greens and the PC brigade of the Media want to silence her – How dare she raise issues of concerns contrary to their elitist dictates!
    Her latest success is due to the replacement of Tony Abbott an elected Prime Minister, with an unelected elitist who knows he is better educated and more financially secure than most conservative voters and families in Middle Australia.
    He Turnbull or more well known as Turncoat was disliked for his earlier flirtation with Green idea of a Carbon Tax and wish to make Australia a Republic – on both issues he failed. Bed wetters in the party worried that Abbott was too hardline and they might lose the additional seats that he had gained in a landslide rout of Labor.
    Mark Textor their campaign director could not care less about losing conservative votes, as he contemptuously said these “rusted on voters” had nowhere to go – and they went in droves, refused to contribute to the party and voted for “Others” like One Nation, Pauline Hanson,s party.
    The main thing that she wants is to give ordinary Australians a voice and the right to have their concerns heard and openly discussed and it is the racist greens and dictator like so called progressives, that want to deny any Australian the right to question or say anything they don’t approve of. A form of censorship while they can say the most outrageous things.
    The hate media is gearing up again for their smearing assault and every lie they can produce. I wish I had voted for her and her party, I gave the others one last chance, but if they fail to listen to the lesson of this diminution of the party vote and also listen to the conservatives in their party, my vote will be gone forever..

    • Ken B on Pauline Hanson
      ———————————-
      You say the Pauline Hanson ‘ … is a very determined person almost obsessed with honesty and truth,..’
      I agree that she is very determined and describes herself as being about ‘honesty’ and ‘truth’. I met her some years ago when she visited my local pub during her then unsuccessful campaign for the Senate. I spoke only briefly to her as I disagree with most of her publically expressed opinions. But others spoke to her. She was present for a couple of hours and engaged in long conversations. She was described afterwards by some of those who met her to be a pleasant person.
      Clearly she is ‘scrubber’ or ‘bogan’ [being Australian derogatory expressions for a person who is poorly educated and possessing an overly simplistic conservative view of the world]. She believes what people tell her and exercises no independent quality control because she is not smart enough to smell b-s- when she sees/hears it. A good example is her belief that vaccination causes autism and/or cancer. She has been told this by a number of people and believes it to be true. A member of her extended family has recently produced a child which will not be vaccinated against the standard childhood diseases. Ms Hanson approves and says that if she was to have her four children over again none would be vaccinated. She is impervious to the careful medical research findings which demonstrate this view to be dangerously false.
      So her ‘truth’ can be a curious ‘truth’.
      As to her ‘honesty’ I have no opinion. She was convicted of electoral fraud in connection with her ‘One Nation’ party and was imprisoned. The conviction was reversed on appeal to the Queensland Court of Appeal and she was released. So speaking legalistically it can be said she was not dishonest during that particular episode.
      This can be distinguished from the case of Hillary Clinton, the FBI and the Secretary of State emails. In that case the FBI has said that the evidence is such that a court would be unlikely to convict so the FBI will not lay charges – i.e. there is evidence of wrongdoing but it is insufficient to lay charges. Does that establish that Mrs Clinton is generally honest or at least honest on the emails issue??

      • Unfortunately the term Bogan or scrubber can be applied to a lot of ordinary members of the community, and it is a bit elitist in my humble opinion. And this is also indicative of all that is wrong in politics today. I have met many brilliant people over my lifetime and also many would be could be’s who think that they are intellectually above others and they often use those terms to put down some as inferior (in their opinion) or dismiss their ideas.
        I find that if you really take the time and converse with them, even the ones that you may be biased about because someone or the media told you something and you believe it, which is why propaganda works so well.
        Especially with those who start from the “I am better than that person” and then proceed to label them and collect all sorts of information as “fact” to reinforce the applied opinion or label, you might find that those you tend to put down are more morally honest and can spot a fraud or charlatan and read accurately the political BS that concerns the general community much better than some of the superficial elites who live and move in different worlds.
        Refreshingly I also find that there are very well educated people who have the gift of understanding and compassion while conversing with ordinary people and understanding them. Maybe the thing is to try and walk in the other persons shoes for a while to understand them better.
        Personally I tend to treat everyone as an equal or as I would like others to treat me, and form their own opinion on what we see and hear ourselves while trying to create a pen picture of the person for others to consider..
        Finally in regard to persons who have the power to avoid any form of Justice because of the powerful position they occupy to the point that the law considers they are above or somehow must be excused for things that other ordinary mortals would be dealt with quite severely (The higher the office the more integrity required, among other things). Justice is often left to a certain kharma, or whatever it is in life that catches up with such persons, and strangely that does seem to be a leavening agent as time passes, at least in my experience. . They tend to reap what they deserve.
        I think we as a community would rather that laws are applied without fear or favour by those that are charged with the duty to administration the law, lest those laws be corrupted..
        Just saying…

      • You can “believe”, in very simple elementary-school terms what you will about HRC and the email affair, but a more studied ‘adult’ reading of the politics involved reveals that a LOT of people, including Comey, wanted NOTHING to do with indicting the first (presumptive) female presidential nominee.
        Can you imagine the write-up in the history books – and the pummeling Comey would take – were he to recommend or prefer a litany of charges?
        Well, maybe you can’t …

  51. So the politicians supporting the concept of the potential for serious issues ahead if we are not careful with greenhouse gases includes numerous highly respected world leaders…… The side denying the issue includes….. Pauline Hanson. I can see why the AGW team is shaking in their boots. She’s all quality.

  52. This may be the only potentially good result to come from this election. Pauline Hanson is a bit of a way-out Sarah Palin type, but she does serve a valuable purpose. When she was last in parliament, she forced the major parties to address the elephants in the room – those major issues which we just don’t even mention lest we soil our veil of political correctness. Things like the abject failure of our “multicultural melting pot”. Now both major parties, together with the “also ran” Greens have CAGW agendas and some form of disastrous ETS or carbon tax (as dictated previously by the Greens and friends when they held the balance of power) as a possibility pending. I would welcome ANY intervention on this madness.
    The other good result (for me) is final confirmation in what I feared for a long time – an explanation of why our political parties are at the nadir of capability and competence. They say you get the government you deserve. When an incumbent government can be nearly toppled because the opposition came up with a quick & dirty cheap “scare”, which was quickly dispelled as such even by their left-wing media buddies, but people still bought into it, there is only one explanation – the Australian electorate comprises a substantial proportion of just plain dumb people. If Lenin were around today he’d be saying, “Where were all these useful idiots when I needed them!”

  53. higley7
    You say – “Islam is not a true religion as it controls almost all behaviors of the individual and makes the individual subservient to their god. That defines a cult. And, as Islam comes with a civic plan for a theocracy with plans for world domination and validates slavery, murder, rape, or oppression of all non-Muslims (infidels) and non-Quran-adherent Muslims. Children and women are chattel who can be abused, maimed or killed, all in name of their “religion.” No religion can be considered acceptable when it places such a low value on human life, let alone the lives of its own members.”
    Agreed…. exactly like Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, et al.
    Every religion/ belief system (there’s more than 4,000) in the world, depends on what YOU bring to it; If YOU are a violent person then, your Christianity, your Hinduism, your Islam, your Judaism, your cult, is going to be violent.”
    It’s a fundamental problem with all deeply held belief systems (including CAGW ).

    • “Agreed…. exactly like Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, et al.”
      Uhhh … wrongo. Islam establishes a political system, Christianity does not, Remember the passage “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and unto God that which is God’s”? (Mark 12:17)
      No parallel in Islam. Don’t know about Hinduism. Judaism is Old Testament compliant.

      • • Jim, you may like to read up on religious history
        Religions – Have prophets, high priests to control almost all behaviors of the individual and make the individual subservient to their god, which in turn drives the society in a particular way; that is a political system.
        ( for Christianity it was kick started by Constantine at The Council of Nicaea AD 325)
        Christianity sees itself as ‘The One True Faith’& they ruthlessly exterminated other religious beliefs, with only Judaism being permitted to co-exist on the margins.
        In AD 392 Emperor Theodosius wrote –
        We command that those persons shall embrace the name of Catholic Christians. The rest, however, whom We adjudge demented and insane, shall sustain the infamy of heretical dogmas, their meeting places shall not receive the name of churches, and they shall be smitten first by divine vengeance and secondly by the retributions of Our own initiative, which We shall assume in accordance with the divine judgment.
        We command that all their fanes, temples, and shrines, if even now any remain entire, shall be destroyed by the command of the magistrates, and shall be purified by the erection of the sign of the venerable Christian religion.
        This resulted in further legislation, culminating in the death penalty for non-Christians in 435.
        Between 429 and 439 about 150 different laws were passed defining and defending the “Catholic faith.” Church lands became exempt from taxation and bishops became immune to any sort of secular oversight or punishment.
        Have you never read the bible or the torah ?? some extreme violence promoted there – murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing, enslavement, mutilation, child rape …..
        A taster –
        http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/ot_list.html
        •’Compel people to come in!’ By threats of the wrath of God, the Father draws souls to the Son. Luke 14:23
        •‘The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.” (Hosea 13:16)
        •”Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” (Ephesians 5:22-24)
        •”Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (I Timothy 2:11-14)
        Sounds similar to some of the Qur’an teachings.
        See this fine explanation of religion

      • You misconstrue and conflate, it would appear, on so many fronts (and maybe even make a few things things up as necessary) … good luck in life and stay far away from me.
        Selective quote mining and setting up the perfect “prosecutor’s case” is an old trick, too.
        And, recall: “C onspiracy theories are the favored tools of the weak minded” which I think may also apply to you, in a limited fashion, as compared to the more whacked-out conspiracists who on occasion post here.
        BTW, your post is reminiscent of a couple of other conspiracists who used to post here, one named Gail Combs who has a similar hair-on-fire, “coat-racking” (trying to solve all the world’s ills in one post) posting style.

      • Jim,
        Let me select another quote,…of yours – “Uhhh … wrongo”
        I think it was you who first selected the (Mark 12:17) quote to make your point !!
        Do tell us why you think religious history is a conspiracy theory,
        Is because it debunks your particular beliefs & takes you from your comfort zone ??

  54. Many of us voters had the choice of either a big spending leftist party with Green policies and a plan to tax pensioners superannuation savings and a big spending leftist party that pretends to be mainstream with Green policies and a plan to tax pensioners superannuation savings.
    So a lot of votes went to third parties, however much detested by the MSM, in order to frustrate whichever of the parties get in to Government. I know I did.

  55. When it comes climate deniers…There’s 122 climate scientists from 22 different countries claiming there is no real climate threat…so are you gonna believe a politician or real scientific research. ..and for Islam just look at Europe or the middle east and tell me that Islamic ways are good for the world…maybe if you want to live back in the 7th century.

  56. Pauline Hanson, with limited education, has been capable of running her own small business and sock it to the major parties with her triumph in the elections. That show her to be quite intelligent.
    To embrace the position she has on CAGW and challenge the orthodoxy shows a far better understanding of the machinations and implications of this faux science than the major political parties run by lawyers. As leader of her small party it is irrelevant who drafted her party’s agenda on “climate change”; it confirms her intelligence in endorsing it.
    An very interesting take on Pauline as a genuine conviction driven person and the implications of her election is given in an article on the ABC Drum (written by a lawyer).
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-07/bradley-why-simply-calling-hanson-racist-doesn't-help/7575596

  57. I am here in the US, so I have no familiarity with Sen Pauline Hanson, but I read an article which might be helpful to Australians in discerning the difference between individual migration and mass migration.
    This is from a speech given by Vaklav Klaus of Czechoslovakia in Africa.

    We live in a different world now. We are confronted not just with the old, well-known phenomenon of individual migration but with a conceptually different mass migration. This is something else, not only quantitatively. Many politicians and their fellow travellers in the media and in the academy either do not understand this difference or pretend not to. They try to deal with mass migration as if it was the case of individual migration, which it is not.
    I am not an expert on migration, I am an economist, perhaps a social scientist, and until recently – for more than a quarter century – a politician. I have never migrated, I just travelled abroad. Due to it, I know more about Europe than about the rest of the world and have to concentrate on Europe in my today´s remarks. Everything indicates that the new phenomenon of mass migration is more or less a universal one. Europe only makes it – due to its peculiar institutional arrangements – much easier.
    The current mass migration into Europe we experience has been caused by several factors. We shouldn´t forget the ongoing globalization processes – starting with the information revolution (the most frequent photo in Europe these days is a Syrian or Iraqi refugee in a boat reaching one of the Greek islands – which means Europe – with the latest model of the most expensive smart phone in his hands) and ending with the revolution in speed and costs of transportation. These two factors contribute to the current scale of migration but they are – in my understanding – not the most important ones. I also do not think that the situation in the countries from which the migrants are coming just now is much worse than in the past.
    I consider much more important the radical shift in ideas, and, especially, the widespread acceptance of social arrangements based on the – until very recently non-existent – role of claims or entitlements as means of supporting or even securing the life of an individual or a family. As a consequence of it, people in many unsuccessful, poor and underdeveloped, broken, non-democratic, ungoverned or chaotic countries got the feeling that they have a right to migrate, to depart to more successful, rich, developed, orderly functioning, democratic countries offering generous social benefits to the newcomers.
    This change has been based on a totally misconceived interpretation of human rights, on the ideology of humanrightism which is one of the new modern collectivistic and illiberal “isms”. It sent out a wrong signal. We should stress, however, that there does not exist any general unconditional right to migrate – especially not a right to migrate in. To say that is politically incorrect these days, but I am convinced it is correct politically.
    That is not all. This is just the supply-side of the whole story. The supply of migrants itself cannot bring about migration. To make mass migration possible, there needs to be also a demand-side. I dare argue that the demand side in this case, in the current migration wave, also exists.
    The demand for migrants in spite of all the political rhetoric suggesting the opposite comes these days from Europe. It was, of course, not only the reckless and ill-conceived explicit welcoming gesture made by Angela Merkel and some other leading European politicians in the summer of 2015. It was just the last drop. The European – more implicit than explicit – demand for mass migration has been gradually getting momentum for years and decades. Several distinct, but mutually reinforcing factors have been contributing to it – some of them were ideological, some systemic, some policy-driven. Without giving them any particular order or weight, I offer the following arguments:
    1. The modern or post-modern ideological confusion connected with the ideas of multiculturalism, cultural relativism, continentalism (as opposed to the idea of nation-state), human-rightism and political correctness is the principle factor. It destroyed the traditional ways of looking at the organization of human society. It replaced the orientation towards a nation (or a nation-state) with continental or planetary thinking. It proclaimed that diversity is more than social cohesion and homogeneity. It sacrificed civil rights in favour of human rights. It changed the concept of rights from negative to positive ones. It incorporated migration among human rights, etc., etc.;
    2. Not less important is the fact that the European (and Western) society has been gradually transformed from a society heralding performance, results and achievements, production, work, to a society based on entitlements. The economic and social policy has switched from the concept of market economy to the concept of social market economy where the adjective social has become more important than the nouns market and economy. Potential migrants understood the importance of this destructive shift very rapidly. They are not coming into Europe as a labour force but as recipients of all kinds of social benefits;
    3. There is one additional factor. The original, post-second world war concept of European integration has been transformed by the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties definitely into the concept of unification.

    I hope that this is helpful in clarifying how a person who opposes mass migration is not a racist, but is seeing the results of the effects of mass migration, and is beginning the hard task of demonstrating to a recklessly “multi-cultural” generation how mass migration and entitlements are destructive to the nation.
    Good luck Sen Hanson!

  58. Patrick MJD July 5, 2016 at 1:56 am
    BTW, it’s not only Muslims that practice this [FGM], some Christians do too.

    This is a totally unsupportable statement. There is nothing of this kind of practice in the Churches that believe in Jesus and follow the Scriptures.
    However, the Baby Boomer generation certainly is proceeding with its own practice of Female Genital Mutilation. The funding for surgical operations on Indian women to sterilize them is now available through US tax money.
    Here is an instance where the Baby Boomers, in an effort to stop the “Population Bomb,” — one of their own favorite scientific theories– have begun to sterilize brown women in Asia. And when the women die from the operation, surgeons and governments claim it was because of “tainted aspirin” given to the women and girls after the operation.
    Post-Mortems of Victims Point to Tainted Medication in India Sterilization Deaths
    By SUHASINI RAJ and ELLEN BARRYNOV. 13, 2014
    “NEW DELHI — Post-mortem examinations of several women who died after surgery at a government sterilization camp last weekend in central India suggest that tainted medications might be to blame, rather than the unsanitary conditions or the assembly-line haste of the operations, a district medical officer said Thursday….
    The deaths have drawn international attention to the practice, common in India, of offering women cash and other incentives to be sterilized at “fairs” or “camps” where surgeons operate one after the other on large numbers of patients. At the Saturday fair, a surgeon was reported to have operated 83 times in one day.”
    The US is involved by offering quotas and financial rewards to African and Asian countries for sterilization.

    • Zeke, you say –
      “This is a totally unsupportable statement. There is nothing of this kind of practice in the Churches that believe in Jesus and follow the Scriptures.”
      Sorry but only in theory…fact is different
      Christian Female Genital Mutilation –
      Muslims and Christians practice it, but it is more widely spread in Christian predominated parts of Nigeria. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3507121/
      . Contrary to the belief that it is a practice carried out by Muslims only, it is also practiced by Christians and a minority group of Ethiopian Jews. However, FGM is neither mentioned in the Torah, nor in the Gospels, and – like in Islam – bodily mutilation is condemned by both religions. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1110570413000258
      Eritrea has almost 90 percent female genital mutilation. It’s a Christian country.
      Ethiopia has 75 percent female genital mutilation. It’s a Christian country.
      http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/oct/02/reza-aslan/fact-checking-reza-aslans-retort-bill-maher/
      Loads more examples are available.
      note: Circumcision of women is not an Islamic rule or permission; rather it was an Arab ritual before Islam.
      I do wish people would check facts before posting.

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