|Issue No 87||10 March 2001|
Taliban to Put One Nation Last
Extracted from The Chaser
The Parliamentary fate of Pauline Hanson's One Nation party was further obscured today as key fellow right-wing extremists moved to distance themselves from the controversial Queensland politician and the group she founded and leads.
The move, by two of Australia's splinter right-wing parties, to direct preferences away from One Nation was seen by many commentators as evidence of disenchantment amongst respectable loonies and bigots that One Nation has become too right-wing.
A spokesman for the Australian Taliban Movement, speaking at a community book-burning in Killara, made a brief prepared statement to the press, noting that the group, who promote the creation of a Government in Australia based on a fundamentalist reading of Muslim law (the sha'ria) was "uncomfortable" with many of the "more extreme" cultural views espoused by PHON.
"Taliban teaching does not, it should be admitted, lend itself to a moderate view. We are in favour of the ending of the education of women - a practice we hold to be sinful - the stoning of adulterers and the destruction of cultural artefacts pertaining to any subject other than Islam that take man further from God. But, by goodness, that Pauline gives me the heebie-jeebies."
Taliban leadership have issued an edict requiring that One Nation be put last on all ATM how-to-vote cards, a move that could deliver dozens of preferences to their preferred candidate, the Liberal Party.
Meanwhile, in Adelaide, a national convention of the Australian National Socialist Movement (better known as the Australian Nazi Party) passed a motion condemning what it saw as the "unhelpful and destructive" policies of One Nation. In also deciding to direct preferences away from One Nation, the party's Furher, Mr Stephen Bennet of East Melbourne noted that "if we didn't distance ourselves from One Nation, we'd find our popularity in the community dropping sharply."
A spokeperson for Mrs Hanson was unrepentant, in the face of this loss of support from the extreme right. "We regard those groups as dangerously left-leaning, in any event" she scoffed, "and besides, even if the Nazis abandon us, we still have the support of 40% of sitting National Party MPs."
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The Parliamentary fate of Pauline Hansonï¿½s One Nation party was further obscured today as key fellow right-wing extremists moved to distance themselves from the controversial Queensland politician and the group she founded and leads.
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