In a glowing front-page “exclusive” news story today The Australian has claimed it’s all those pesky minorities wanting equality that brought Pauline Hanson back to the Senate.

The story is based this on a report out today from the Centre of Independent Studies by Peter Kurti, an Anglican minister with a lengthy history of opposition to diversity and concerns about same-sex marriage, if his Online Opinion history is anything to go by. Says the “report”:

“The goal of the minority fundamentalists is to eradicate all forms of discrimination in the name of liberating those deemed to be oppressed [the horror!]. We are in the age of the new intolerance where intimidation, humiliation, censorship, and self-censorship are used to punish those who think differently.”

“Failing to ‘treat people the same’ is nowadays held to be an egregious error; enforcing a bland uniformity is seen as the only way to secure a new standard of inclusive justice and assert the right to ‘equality'”

“Newly-minted, fashionable rights, such as the right to equality are often considered to be both incontrovertible and undeniable.”

Yes of course, treating people equally regardless of colour, creed, gender or background is a newly minted fashion. Equality: 2016’s Hammer pants.

Kurti claims in The Australian that “regular, voting members of the public” were getting sick of of the minority fundamentalism present in our political system, and that’s why they went to Pauline Hanson. This seems to suggest that voters in droves abandoned parties for Hanson, but the AEC results suggest just 1.5% of the public in the lower house are going to Hanson on first preference votes.

As they say, to those used to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

Peter Fray

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