Why the fear of Muslims, Australia?
SOME 50 per cent of Australians fear Muslims. Why? Australia’s Muslims are respectful of those who practice other faiths.
So why do 50 per cent of us fear them? Because Scott Morrison made us fearful.
The story goes like this. Morrison knew Australians did not like large numbers of people coming here by boat.
The Europeans hated the Chinese coming to the goldfields in the 1850s.
Nor did we welcome the Vietnamese refugees when Fraser invited them here in the 1980s.
So when 17,000 boat people came in 2013, Morrison grabbed the opportunity to ‘fearmonger’.
He told us we were being swamped by refugees.
With most refugees being Muslims, his sub-text was ‘we are being swamped by Muslims’.
This was a lie because under our Humanitarian Quota, we could take 20,000 refugees/ year.
Having concocted a non-existent problem, he proposed an unnecessary solution, turn back.
He desperately wanted turn back to be seen to work because if it stopped the boats he would be seen as the saviour.
Part of his plan was to demonise the refugees.
He targeted our reptilian brain with aggressive messages like our Navy is protecting our borders from the hordes, like sending refugees back to where they belong.
These messages suggested we were physically repelling an enemy.
They trigger a fight or flight response in our reptilian brain.
The outcome is that we get angry and we direct this anger at the target of the ‘frame’, namely the boat people.
When the refugee boats did stop, Morrison told us two more lies. First, turn back stopped them. It didn’t, it was the Rudd policy.
Second, he claimed that 71 per cent of us supported turn back.
He conducted no poll, he made it up.
This is shades of Trump. Dr Michael Blockey, Scotts Head