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Feb 11, 2013

'I love pizza, but ...': anti-multicultural party's Canberra launch

Australia's newest political party was launched today with an anti-multicultural, pro-Christian platform -- and the help of climate sceptic Christopher Monckton. Farz Edraki was there for Crikey.


“Watch out Australia, watch out the federal Parliament; we are coming!” So declared Reverend Daniel Nalliah this morning as he launched Australia’s newest political party at Canberra’s National Press Club.

“We are determined to be politically incorrect,” Nalliah told the launch of Rise Up Australia, of which he is president. “If an Aussie loves his country, and can’t say anything … then I think ‘tolerance’ has gone too far.”

The party’s key policies are preserving Judeo-Christian values, dismantling multiculturalism and defending Australia from the Muslim “threat”. The Rise Up Australia party will put forward 52 lower house candidates in this year’s election and 12 Senate candidates, in five states (Western Australia, NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, and Victoria).

Nalliah, an outspoken Sri Lankan-born evangelist pastor and creationist infamous for linking Victorian bushfires to abortion laws, claimed to speak for the “silent majority” in Australia.

“I think God created Chinese fried rice, and I love pizza … but please do not come and tell me that sharia law should be introduced in Australia. You go back to where you came from,” Nalliah told the cheering crowd.

Rise Up Australia is linked to the Catch the Fire ministries, and was launched today by keynote speaker, British peer and noted climate change sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton.

A chorus of “Advance Australia Fair” reverberated through the room to kick off today’s launch. A motley crowd of party members, families, and supporters waved miniature Australian flags, surrounded by red and blue balloons bearing the party’s slogan (“Keep Australia Australian!”). As the chorus died down, the Youth Leader of the Party and Former Miss Teen Australia winner appeared nervous as she stumbled on the last lines of the Lord’s Prayer.

The Reverend was welcomed to the podium with rapturous applause and chants of “rise up Australia!” and “go Aussie!” Nalliah called for the end of a “multicultural Australia” — instead, he advocated a “multiethnic Australia”. He called on God in warning against the dangers of multiculturalism in Australia.

“We aim for three Senate seats, so we can hold the balance of power, and we can say goodbye to the Greens,” Nalliah told the crowd, to chants of “goodbye Greens, goodbye Greens”.

Monckton’s lips were pursed during the national anthem, but once at the podium, he was all-Australian: “Do you love Australia?” he asked the crowd, to more cheers. “Do you want to keep Australia free?”

Monckton declared he was a layman, a Christian, “practising but not perfect”.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I love Australia. How could you not? This vigorous, glorious land. This is a beautiful land, with a people diverse in their origins,” he said. “They are people from all over the world, but when they come here, they come here to a culture that is distinctive — come one, come all. Australia is inclusive, multi-ethnic, multi-point-of-view country. If you come here, follow Pastor Danny’s example, and enjoy and celebrate it, and do not seek to destroy it.

“There is one thing that sets us [the party] apart. We at least tell the truth. It may be an unattainable ambition. But it doesn’t stop us trying.

“God bless you Pastor Danny; God bless Rise Up Australia.”

*Farz Edraki is a freelance writer and editor of the ANU newspaper Woroni


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42 thoughts on “‘I love pizza, but …’: anti-multicultural party’s Canberra launch

  1. AsGrayAsGray

    OMFG… words fail me; but I am just a little bit scared.

  2. jesse mandragoria

    sadly i think they’re going to do extremely well come the next election.

  3. Mitchell Brian

    Let’s be clear. This mob is just a preference machine for the Liberals.
    Nalliah has a long association with Abbott’s mob and we all know how popular Monckton was with the Libs when he came out from England to mouth-fart about climate change denial.
    Abbott’s close association with these people should be made loud and clear – this is the sort of nonsense that will become mainstream under a Coalition government.
    The Liberals are not far from demanding that creationism be taught in schools, for pity’s sake.

  4. Andybob

    I dont know what they paid you for going there Farz; but it wasn’t enough.

  5. drmick

    Bonkers and Noella would complete the look-alike rocky horror show line-up that is the oppo front bench. I don’t understand why they have to import loonies when they have certifiable clowns like the parrot, et al.

  6. Matt

    “I think God created Chinese fried rice, and I love pizza … but please do not come and tell me that sharia law should be introduced in Australia. You go back to where you came from,” Nalliah told the cheering crowd.

    Now THAT’S a non sequitur. Outstanding stuff.

  7. AsGrayAsGray

    @DrMick – Imported loons are so much more believable than the local clowns.
    Parrots would want to reclaim their title. I like parrots.

  8. MJPC

    M Brian, you said it all. Australia’s own tea party lite, designed to bring in all of the lunatic fringe dwellers on the right of the LNP (those that missed out on Katter’s Australia party).

  9. philro

    This was the same religious mob that the Howard govt allowed into parliament to pray for them to win the election but which helped the Liberals to lose the election, maybe they will help the Liberals to lose this one as well.

  10. littlemaths

    Is there not, perhaps, some way we could encourage Mr Monckton to return from whence he came on a more permanent basis?

  11. Mike Smith

    Welcome to the bottom of my ballot paper, Danny!

  12. klewso

    I think it’s great we can have “I’m more Australian than you and I’ll prove it” contests?
    Pass me the tarred cross and a lighter.

  13. klewso

    Dr Mick, another parrot et Al? …. “Jones”?
    How’s that parrot?

  14. Electric Lardyland

    Surely this whole launch is one big joke? Isn’t it? With the mad monk-ton involved maybe it isn’t? If that’s the case, then I’ll just state the three questions, that I think should be asked of anyone gibbering their opposition to multiculturalism. Firstly, do you actually believe in a human monoculture? If so, where on Earth do you think that this monoculture existed. And finally, what do you think of some of the more notable 20th century attempts to create human monocultures; Stalin’s Russia, Hitler’s Germany and Pol Pot’s Cambodia?

  15. klewso

    …. ah Electric, that’s where ours will be different – these experts No what they’re doing.

  16. mattsui

    M Brian has it. How these guys (mostly, I suspect older white guys) effect the flow of preferences is going to be telling.
    The coalition will have to manage the way they interract with this self legitimising lunatic fringe very carefully. How will this play out in “the new Liberal heartland” of western Sydney??

  17. CML

    Did anyone tell Pastor Danny that Australia is a SECULAR country, and we don’t want our parliaments infested with ANY religous bulls=it?
    Funny how this lot do not see the irony in “no sharia law”, but think it is okay to have children (in particular) brainwashed with “creationism”!!
    I agree with the comments above that this lot are just a front for collecting preferences for the LNP. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people with half a brain out there in voter-land.

  18. zut alors

    How comforting. I was becoming concerned we don’t have sufficient religious nutters at large here in Oz.

    And the party name is excellent: Risible Australia


    I have to love the way Monckton hangs out with the ratbag fringe, it really makes his calibre plain to gauge. Not that anyone here was ever fooled by the charlatan’s climate change shtick.

    Clowns and buffoons, good company for the LNP.

  20. drmick

    Klewso; I can see the parrot giving this bloke a personal reference to take to WaGina to fund the R A TBag Party. Wonder if Tone will neuter this one like he did the other blood nut from the fish shop?

  21. Mark Bosworth

    They need explained that opposing the likes of Nalliah is every patriots duty, these people are sick, they used the Black Saturday bushfires to push their narrow agenda.

  22. Gerry Hatrick, OAP

    [but please do not come and tell me that sharia law should be introduced in Australia]
    Just. Name. Ten. F-wit.

  23. Bird Kenneth

    Electric Lardyland thank you for those 3 questions. I definitely will be asking them next time an ‘Orstraya for Orstrayans’ confronts and offends me.

  24. El Nino

    I was in Barton today when this happened…feeling a bit afraid now.

  25. Chris Williams

    It is amazing how these fools get in a lather about Sharia law – which I don’t dispute is hateful of women and gays – but want us to be happy not just with creationism but also want us to sign up to a Judaism in this mythical notion of Judeo-Christianity – which is equally if not more hostile to women and gays. The Judaic part being narrowly exclusivist is totally at odds with the outward inclusiveness of the New Testament. Any really genuine Aussie party will attack all forms of extremism not just the fashionable extremist target of radical Islam.

  26. Mark Heydon

    This is surely satirical?
    Who did Nalliah get to write his speech, TISM?

  27. Mark Heydon

    Was the Philip Ruddock Blues playing in the background?

  28. Venise Alstergren

    Apologies for being obvious. BUT, if it wasn’t for the multiculturalism of Oz Danny Nalliah wouldn’t even be living in this country.

    I hope the commentariat was watching the 7:30 report. /the bitter and twisted faces of Nalliah’s supporters were a direct link back to old photographs of people living in the 1940s.

    As for Christopher Monckton….he has a serious thyroid condition which would make him even battier than most climate change deniers. Nothing like a good Catholic to be pals with Tony Abbott and to attract extremist religions. Australia, you’re standing in it. Wait until Abbott wins the next election. Then you may say ‘God help Australia.’

  29. klewso

    So the choice is “simple”? If we don’t vote for this “messenger who speaks with God” we’ll end up under “Sharia law”?
    Funny coincidence, but “SBS on demand” “Casino Jack and the United States of Money” (it was on last night again) watch how the “Super-cons” (from Abramoff to De Lay – touching Bush) used religion there.

  30. AR

    Nausea, pity & fear overwhelm me.

  31. Christopher Nagle

    I am a radical conservative and yes, the good rev is really trying. And yes, libertarian humanism is turning to splodge. But Monckton? He is an opportunist fruitcake working for an oligarchy that is running the march of the ecological lemmings. They aren’t conservatives except in the status quo sense. More likely they are revolutionaries who are tearing up both the future and the past. The Gina and Co he works for are destroyers of worlds. Not conservative reverend!

    Most of the Muslims who come here are amongst other things, trying to escape the kind of sectarian religious violence that exists in their home countries. They might despise decadent and degenerate western consumerbabes, but they really want live somewhere that is safe and opportunity rich, like here for the time being. And if they have fruitcakes in their midst too, like us, we want their help in exposing them, OK?

    Abortion and bushfires? Look, the arguments for abortion on demand are really pissweak, but divine intervention to fix it? What?

    If we want a new kind of conservatism that will get us over the hump of what is bound to be a very difficult century, it needs to be a bit more coherent than this. It needs to try and take as much as possible from the past that is portable into a very uncertain future that is going to delive some very severe shocks along the way.

    We need to combine this salvaging operation with something perhaps like Sharia, or ecclesiastical law, but with a 1500 year update patch applied. We urgently need to re-regulate our social infrastructure in ways that will work for social majorities that are secular and vaguely modern. OK?

    Sorry rev. Bushfires and abortion? What about bushfires and global warming. Wouldn’t that make more sense? We can deal with the abortion holocaust, but let us use traditional methods of intellectual demolition to get rid of that one. Divine intervention is really surplus to requirements.

    The reverend’s heart is in the right place, but oh dear…..

  32. TheFamousEccles

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but in the hands of the ignorant and stupid it becomes a political party.

    And who let Monckton into the country?

    Okay Crikey – no f-words, no name calling… Moderate this.

  33. geomac62

    Catch the disease ministries run by Danny Nulla Cranium

  34. Christine Harris

    ‘Mouth-fart” – ‘non sequitur’ – 1950s Australia – Tony Abbott – says it all.

  35. Joel

    Correct me if I’m missing s few, but that would be their third launch so far? I wonder how many more are scheduled.

  36. Michelle Imison

    A paranoid-nationalist Aussie Party (TM) officially launched by a non-Australian? – methinks the meaning of the word ‘irony’ is possibly lost on this crowd…

  37. Holden Back

    @ Michelle Imison, I think it’s dangerous to assume your enemies might not know what they’re doing. The fact of Nalliah’s being brown, and the weasel-words of ‘Judaeo-Christian values’ will be used to deflect any accusation of racism or, antisemitism in particular. There are plenty of people they are hoping to pick-up who are xenophobes, but don’t think of themselves as racist, along with their core constituency, which really couldn’t give a toss.

  38. Venise Alstergren

    JOEL: I think they’re contesting every Federal seat.

  39. Mike Bloomfield

    We have a country divided, people drowning in boats, people have been fried in their own roofs, we’ve killed the mining boom, over-taxed people so much they’ve lost their businesses, homes and marriages and now, despite the youtube videos in Queensland of children sick and disabled from coal seam gas we have approved three projects ‘overnight’ in the last 48 hours.
    And you will all call these people who would support farmers (who haven’t suicided yet), the legitimate mining industry and protect your land from being sold overseas ‘lunatics’.
    My dear people, ‘the lunatics are running the asylum’. Little wonder the beautiful Farz is somewhat POSITIVE about SOMETHING NEW that in time may well find unity as the reality of what I have just spoken slowly dawns, even though IT IS admittedly pro first nation, anti-extremist and abhors violence against women! lol – shame on you! Think again, as my reaction at first was exactly the same as your own… fearful and incorrect.
    Heartfelt love, peace and health to you all.

  40. Mike Smith

    @Mike: They are after all, better qualified than most to run it.

  41. Mike Bloomfield

    And better qualified people, as in the ones who instituted all of the above, are what we tried last time right?

  42. Mike Smith

    And the time before that, ad infinitum.

    Vote Pirate Party – at least you won’t get the sanctimonious hypocrisy of Dannyboy.

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