The United Patriots Front, one of the major groups behind protests against mosques in various towns and cities across Australia, was left red-faced yesterday when it posted a link to an article claiming that Islamic groups and Aboriginal groups had designed a flag that represents “Australian minorities first, white Australians second”. This of course got the blood boiling at UPF HQ, where they posted a link to the article with the caption “You’ll have to kill us first :) Good luck!”

betoota advocate

The article however, comes from Australian satirical news website The Betoota Advocate, which is written in a similar style to The Onion. The UPF isn’t the first group to get caught my the site; Media Watch has pointed out when Nine’s Today show also struggled to spot the joke. The post has now been removed from the UPF Facebook page, after repeated comments warning that the site was not actually a news source.

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