22031Re: [GreenLeft_discussion] Re: DSP racism in Marrickville by-election "analysis"
- Sep 21, 2005It is not racist to note the fact that the ALP seeks to maintain its
voter base in various migrant communities through patronage,
manipulation and bullying because it does. Politics in these communities
tends to follow the brokerage pattern. The game is to capture the
brokers and capture the vote. There are many examples of this. A
particularly pungent incident which sticks in my mind is a exchange I
witnessed between left-wing Turkish community leaders and the disgusting
and the racist fomer ALP shadow immigration minister Laurie Ferguson. It
was in the 1980s and the ALP was in federal government. The community
had brought one of their political leaders from Turkey to meet Ferguson
and other pollies. But Ferguson shatters the mood of solidarity with a
rude lecture to the Turkish comrades along the lines of "Deliver your
community's votes your your community centres won't get funded".
The ALP's racism is not a matter of a few nasty individuals but is based
on policies that are racist and reinforce racism in Australia.
Ferguson's notorious racism, witnessed by many refugee rights activists
(I've spoken to a few people who have taken individual political asylum
cases to that racist creep) was but a sideshow to the former ALP
government's introduction of indefinite mandatory detention without
trial of asylum seekers (including children) who have entered Australia
illegally. Kim Beazley's notorious outburst about "subhuman filth"
following the London bombings flows from the ALP's embrace of the racist
and imperialist Australian-US alliance.
Frank Sartor's "get your black-arse down here" comment to the Aboriginal
Housing Company's Mick Mundine was but a peek at the bullying, bribing
and intimidation that has systematically being used by racist Liberal
and Labor governments in dealing with the Aboriginal community. Indeed
there are a number of academic studies about racism and brokerage in
Aboriginal community politics (someone else on the list might know some
references). Another disgusting peek at the racism of the ALP comes out
in the Latham Diaries (p. 369):
"Monday, 1 November 
"Lunch with [Mark] Arbib at Azuma's in Sydney.It's interesting to listen
to these machine guys: they live in a world of non-stop political
manoeuvres and gossip, no structured thoughts about making society
better. Their points of referene in public life are polling and focus
groups. And so it is with Arbib. Some snippets from him...
"The focus groups also show thatb it's popularto bash the blacks: 'You
need to find new issues, like atacking land rights, get stuck into
politically correct Aboriginal stuff -- the punters love it'. Maybe he
should have had lunch with Pauline Hanson, though not at Azuma's."
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