Pauline Hanson and her supporters are so concerned to discredit the demonstrations against One Nation that they have resorted to outright lies.
The allegation that the Brisbane Anti-Racist Committee planned to assault Pauline Hanson is a complete fabrication (QT) July 17). I should know, I was there. The committee never discussed this issue nor would it support individual assaults on Pauline Hanson or her supporters. This is not the way to fight racism.
Hansonís adviser David Ettridge, claims the Federal Police are taking the plot to assault Hanson seriously. So seriously they havenít even bothered to interview anyone who was at the meeting. One Nation want to brand their opposition as violent and as an unrepresentative minority.
This is a typical politicianís tactic designed to cloud the issue. The truth is, it is racism that is violent. Already the number of racist motivated attacks on minorities in Australia has increased dramatically.
You only have to look to the former Yugoslavia to see where politics based on hate leads. The thousands who have rallied against One Nation want to stop Australia going down the same road.
Mark Gillespie, East Brisbane
Ipswich Anti-Racism Committee.