Politics is a dirty business. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Federal election campaign or just jockeying to get the best office at work, people do and say unreasonable things in order to get their own way. A lot of this is dismissed as being just the argy bargy of the game, but there are always lines that should not be crossed. The Liberal party have crossed that line.
The news overnight that members of the Liberal Party have been distributing leaflets linking the ALP with a fake muslim extremist organisation sickens me. That they should do so in an area of Sydney where there is already unrest within the community simply displays that they are more interested in holding on to power than in promoting social harmony.
This isn’t the first appeal to racism that the Liberal Party has tried, to be honest their entire 2001 election campaign was nothing more than an appeal to the lowest common demoninator based on cultivating a fear of outsiders, but it’s certainly one of their most blatant. What more evidence is needed that this is a party that has lost its moral compass, if indeed it ever had one?
Australia has the potential to be one of the greatest nations on earth, but I believe that we do ourselves a disservice every time we engage in divisiveness and hate. That one of our major political parties should be the source of this divisiveness shows that they have abandoned any positive agenda for our nation’s future, that they simply want to be the guys with the big cars and the plush offices. We deserve better.
The Liberal Party is not fit to govern until it works to remove the influence of extreme, hateful groups like the New South Wales right from its membership and rediscovers why Menzies chose the name that he did.
Update: Retiring MP Jackie Kelly, whose husband was one of the people responsible for distributing this flyer, was on AM this morning and described the flyer as “a Chaser style prank” and said that perhaps “union goons” had actually produced the flyer to catch out innocent Liberal party workers. Saturday cannot come soon enough.