Guest Notes

Multicultural Notes

10 March 2016

3:00 PM

10 March 2016

3:00 PM

 Good on ya, Assistant Minister!

Recently, Craig Laundy, the scion of a distinguished publican family, was appointed Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Craig has appropriate credentials, given that he is co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine in the House. What could be better that having friendly people in that role?

In his first statement Craig admonished the public for its ignorance.

‘People that dive into this debate and say controversial things, I would argue, the vast majority are speaking from a position that is not well informed.’ So it is comforting that the new Assistant Minister is, in contrast to all you galahs out there, an authority on these matters.

Craig put his heart on his sleeve in a speech in the House of Representative in December 2014. Between the ‘fair go’s’ and the ‘fair dinkums’ he displayed his erudition.

‘We hear the constant reference to the two-state solution; both parties refer to it. But I am as frustrated as the previous speakers are on this topic, because quite often, I believe, this is used as a line to hide behind; it does not get past that.’

Waiting for Craig’s prognosis with bated breath? Where do we go from here? Who is responsible for there not being a solution? This is a great opening for a detailed presentation of the issues. Tell it like it is, Craig. So what does Craig tell us?

Nothing.

Nothing?

Nothing. Just that there should be a ‘fair go’.

Has he heard of the UN resolution of 1948 creating a Palestinian state, rejected by the Palestinians? The Oslo Accords? Camp David? Taba? Olmert’s proposal? All responded to by the Palestinians with:


Reject.

Reject.

Reject.

Craig – say something, please?

The next profundity presented is:

‘For the last almost 60 years, the people of Palestine have not had a fair go.’

Which raises two questions: What about the Jews from Morocco, Algeria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, etc. Let alone the European or Eastern European Jews. Have they had a fair go? If we focus on the Palestinians, let’s create some balance and talk about all the other people who haven’t had a fair go, which would include a large proportion of the world’s population.

The second question is: Why haven’t the Palestinians had a fair go?Surely Craig with his vast knowledge of the issues would realise it has something to do with the repression, corruption, brutality and intransigence of their own leadership?

And then we arrive at the pièce de résistance of his oration:

‘Imagine, if you will, going home this afternoon and putting your key in the door and it doesn’t fit. You think, “Hang on a minute. What’s happened here?” You knock on the door, and someone you don’t know opens it. They are in your home. That is what happened in Palestine. That is what happened all those years ago.’

Really? There wasn’t a conflict in which, aided by neighbouring Arab armies, the Palestinians fought to annihilate the Jewish state created by the United Nations? There was no historic link between the Jews and the country?

And by the way that is exactly what happened to my family at exactly the same time. But when we arrived we turned our back on the past and thanked the Lord for being accepted in this welcoming country. That is what happened to millions of grateful immigrants and refugees.

In his speech Craig quotes his daughter: ‘Dad you’ve got to do something to help.’ And so he assures his daughter he will. All he has to do is take the key from the displaced Palestinian and put it in the door. But where’s the door? In the house. But where’s the house? In the village. But where’s the village? Oh, it’s now a high rise building, a high tech centre, a highway or something else which has been developed in a rapidly expanding economy. Bugger!

Then Craig arrives at a his Eureka moment:

‘If you look at the Middle East and the issues that we as a globe confront today, we can trace it back pretty much to this region some 60 or 70 years ago. Anyone who stands in this place and argues differently is not fair dinkum.’

How did a simple modest bloke like Craig work all that out? The Vietnam War, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the rise of China, North Korea going troppo, the European Union disintegrating, the two Iraq and the Afghanistan Wars, 9/11, the Madrid railway bombings, the Falklands War, London’s 7/7 bus and rail terrorism, the troubles in Northern Ireland, the disintegration of Syria, the spread of Islamism and many others are all attributable to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Let’s add to that global warming, melanomas, the Mexican drug cartels, black holes colliding, bird flu, Y2K and the GFC.

Craig concludes:

‘The things discussed in this chamber should not be influenced by the power of the lobby; they should be influenced by what is right.’

Which lobby? The LGBTIQ lobby? They are certainly one of the most powerful lobbies around. What have they to do with it? No, can’t be them. The Farmer’s Lobby? Nope. Who then?

I believe Craig is referring to the ‘Elders of Zion’. The Jewish lobby.

Members of parliament are putty in the hands of this sinister, arrogant body which doesn’t even try and disguise its evil intent and wickedness. Tackling the nasty Lobby is like wrestling with a great white shark, and only Craig, the government’s very own Crocodile Dundee, can rise to this challenge.

Well, good on ya, Craig, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Crikey, couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke. Fair dinkum.


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