SHOOTER EMAILED ‘MANIFESTO’
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed her office was one of more than 30 to receive a so-called “manifesto” from the accused Christchurch terrorist just minutes before Friday’s mosque attacks.
The ABC reports that Ardern will today meet with New Zealand cabinet to discuss stricter gun laws, while Australian counterparts will hold their own cabinet security briefing ($) amid concerns neither country is effectively monitoring white supremacist hate groups. Leaders across the Tasman have also hit out at the role of social media in fostering hate speech, or as The Age reports “shit posting” neo-Nazism, while Facebook has since announced 1.5 million videos of the attack have been removed.
GREENS PUSH TO DUMP ANNING
Greens leader Richard Di Natale has called for “extraordinary action” to be taken against controversial MP Fraser Anning for blaming Friday’s attacks on Muslim immigration, including expulsion through potential changes to the Privileges Act.
The Australian ($) reports that Di Natale’s push, which comes after more than one million people signed a Change.com petition calling for Anning’s removal, has already been dismissed by the Coalition and Labor. Scott Morrison, who along with Bill Shorten will move a symbolic censure motion against Anning, has suggested the independent senator should face the “full force of the law” for twice punching a 17-year-old boy who egged him at an event in Melbourne.
DALEY REJECTS GUN CAMPAIGN
NSW Labor leader Michael Daley has given an “ironclad” guarantee not to weaken gun restrictions if elected, after the Liberal Party released advertisements with John Howard campaigning against Labor’s preference deal with Shooters, Fishers and Farmers.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, after delaying their release for days after the Christchurch attacks, the NSW Liberals have aired anti-gun ads in which Howard warns that the Labor-Shooters preference swap means a Daley-government could wind back Australia’s 1996 gun laws. The campaign comes as new YouGov Galaxy polling ($) suggests swings to Labor in the knife-edge seats of Goulburn and Penrith.
THEY REALLY SAID THAT?
Here comes the bacon for the egg.
New national hero “Egg Boy” doesn’t skip a beat after being arrested for egging senator Fraser Anning.
CRIKEY QUICKIE: THE BEST OF YESTERDAY
“There are already groups of protesters gathering in Melbourne for the schoolkids strike as I write this on our morning deadline. On the steps of Parliament House, at Fed Square, outside the State Library, all the places of stone, glass and concrete, they’re flocking, in bright colours, with rainbow signs. They’re striking at unis, in secondary schools, in primary schools, in kindergartens.”
“The ABC’s news director has publicly thrown his support behind a candidate for the public broadcaster’s managing director position, which is yet to be filled. In an interview on Thursday with Sydney community radio station 2SER with UTS Professor Peter Fray, Gaven Morris — a senior executive who reports to the managing director — said he hoped the current acting managing director, David Anderson, would be appointed permanently.”
“If the wage denialists in business, the government and at the Financial Review are going to make the case that there’s no need for action on wage stagnation, they’re going to have to do a little bit better than rehashing the claim that minimum wage rises — as proposed by Labor — cost jobs. It’s lazy and, more to the point, now debunked.”
READ ALL ABOUT IT
Australians are asking how did we get here? Well, Islamophobia is practically enshrined as public policy — Jason Wilson (The Guardian): “On the other hand, News Corp has been far more solicitous to touring grifters from the “alt-right” movement. They gave softball interviews and free publicity to Milo Yiannopoulos, Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux ahead of their national tours. They also gave Gavin McInnes the soft touch, but his plans were aborted when he was denied a visa on character grounds. More significantly still, News Corp has itself recently run campaigns based on white nationalist talking points.”
Be wary of blame and let’s not shut down debate ($) — Janet Albrechtsen (The Australian): “But we must stand up to those who seek to exploit terrorism as an excuse to censor views and shut down people they disagree with. The blame-gamers must not succeed in shutting down my views, or others in The Australian, or on Sky News. And don’t fall for claims that this censorship, under the ruse of clamping down on hate speech, will stamp out terrorism. Shutting down robust debates about immigration and how cultures live side by side will create more white supremacists, more unhinged, self-professed martyrs, and more people with loathsome views, like Anning.”
I was 10 the last time I remember feeling safe — Sandra Elhelw Wright (The Sydney Morning Herald): “This is not about political correctness. This is about lives. About torn families. About daily abuse and violence. About lost children. About confused teens. This is children being able to live a life that is neither on the defensive, nor on the offensive. We need to you to dismantle hate speech in pubs. You have a power over white men that we do not. We need you to not laugh at racist jokes. We need you, now more than ever, to use your votes to punish hatred and bigotry.”
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WHAT’S ON TODAY
Postal vote applications close for the March 23 NSW state election.
Former South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill will speak at the inaugural “Getting Stuff Done in Government: A User’s Guide” event at Western Sydney University.
NSW Governor David Hurley will open the 40th Anniversary celebration and new premises of Interaction Disability Services.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Housing Minister Richard Wynne will open the two-day National Youth Homelessness Conference.
The Islamic Council of Victoria will host a vigil at the State Library for the Christchurch terror attack.
ASIO director general Duncan Lewis and AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin will address a special meeting of the National Security Committee of Cabinet following the Christchurch terrorist attack.
The Aged Care Royal Commission will resume public hearings.
The Australian Digital Commerce Association will host the 2019 Global Blockchain Summit.
Small Business Minister Senator Michaelia Cash will open the Australian Government Small Business Fair Brisbane.
Senator Fraser Anning will hold a press conference over his inflammatory tweets following the Christchurch shooting and subsequent egging on the weekend.
The Australia Indonesia Youth Association will host forum event “Politics, Power & Predictions: The Road to Indonesia’s 2019 Presidential Election” with local academics and journalists at the State Library of Western Australia.