Loewenstein, journalist and author of
My Israel Question, writes:

When a right-wing think tank like The Centre for Independent Studies hosts an event titled “It's Not ‘Them', It's Us: The Need to Regain Confidence in Western Culture” – and invites conservative columnist Mark Steyn, Murdoch commentator and ABC board member Janet Albrechtsen and foreign policy “realist” Owen Harries to participate – proceedings are bound to follow a predictable path. Monday night's “Big Ideas Forum” did not disappoint.

Around 500 largely old, white males (including historical revisionist Keith Windschuttle, The Australian's Paul Kelly and monarchist tragic David Flint) packed a hall in Sydney's CBD. Former politician Pauline Hanson was also among them to hear about the Muslim “threat”.