Subject: LL:Support the bans on Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party

Background: The active role of pressure groups within universities resulted in the ultimate hypocricy with the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba banning One Nation meetings on their campus.

Subject: LL:Support the bans on Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party
From: Michael Thomson
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 18:10:42 +1000
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[I am posting this to the list as it appears to be announcing a campaign in its final paragraph. However, Leftlink is not a discussion list; so if people on this list wish to debate the merits of the various strategies for combatting Hanson and her racist One Nation Party, I suggest they do so off the list or on Interlink, the Sydney based Left discussion list that is moderated by Alister Air.

Marg Hutton]


Support the bans on Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party.

Anti-racists should use every opportunity to harass and hinder Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party. Their meetings are to organise racist actions. If we let them organise without opposition this strengthens their movement.

Racism can only be defeated politically. As part of our political campaign to defeat racism and the racists we should make it hard for them to organise.

The rowdy, exciting, large anti-Hanson demonstrations (in Dandenong, Newcastle, Geelong, etc) have given confidence to anti-racists. They have helped build the next demonstration.

They send a loud clear message to the racists.

Importantly they have also sent a powerful message to the victims of racism: "you are not alone". Tens of thousands want to struggle against racism in Australia.

In Mildura last week a One Nation party meeting went ahead without any visible opposition. Every racist would have cheered the local paper headline "Party launch success".

Local councils have banned or restricted access to Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party because of the campaigns by the anti-racist movement. It is because thousands have taken to the streets. This is totally different to Howard government's attempts to deport Lorenzo Ervin.

To argue the anti-racist actions of thousands is the same as the anti-democratic action of the government is to dismiss the action of ordinary people. To suggest they are both the same attacks on freedom of political expression and assembly is wrong. Why even bother demonstrating?

Anti-racist activists who want to encourage Councils to restrict and ban Hanson intend to continue campaigning. People interested in joining this campaign should contact Michael Thomson on XXXXXXX, email

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