||Issue No. 246||12 November 2004|
How It Comes To This
Interview: The Reich Stuff
Economics: Crime and Punishment
Environment: Beyond The Wedge
International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Politics: Labo(u)r Day
Human Rights: Arabian Lights
History: Labour's Titan
Review: Foxy Fiasco
Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
The Locker Room
Klu Klux Tool
Liberal MP Peter Lindsay's idea of fun is dressing up in Klu Klux Clan gear and targeting aboriginal Australians.
Welcome to the Liberal party's new Australia, where burning crosses and offering indigenous Australians a rope to hang themselves with is "just a fun thing".
Our redneck friend believes the problem isn't troops dressing up as Klansmen, just that a photo was taken of the event.
Lindsay sprang to the defence of the Klan, saying that allegations that the organisation was racist were "outrageous" and "should just be treated with the contempt they deserve".
Maybe Peter thinks it's a benevolent reading circle or some co-counselling group for people with six fingers?
Given that his local Army barracks has already thrown up the big brave Aussie "kitten killers" and allegations that the grunts are more often than not off their faces, you'd think that Lindsay may be a bit wary of shooting off at the mouth.
But the man who is fast making Pauline Hanson look like Martin Luther King goes on the record to say: "I'm the federal member in Townsville, and I would be the first person to know if there was any unsettling racism appearing up here, and I am very close to the Defence Force, and there is absolutely zero reports to me of anything of that nature, and as I say, I would know if there were."
But given that Lindsay doesn't even think that dressing up as Klansmen is racist it would be hard to say what he considered was racist.
Either way, no one is disputing that he is the Federal member in Townsville, but after that the general consensus is that he would struggle to know which direction his posterior is pointing in.
Around at Pointy Caped Peter's place apparently no one would "even turn a hair" at someone doffing the Klansman's cape.
According to Peter it's the done thing at bucks parties in the deep dark north.
The Klan, or a local variety promoted by people as wealthy in imagination as intelligence, is active in Townsville.
Leaflets bearing the letters KKK and a swastika were stuffed into the letterboxes of local Aborigines.
No wonder Lindsay had no shortage of people to hand out for him on Election Day.
Homeless Aborigines have also complained of being attacked with rocks and petrol bombs.
No doubt this is more of what our Tool Of The Week considers "a little fun".
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