MP agrees to ad­dress anti- Is­lam protest

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

DAW­SON MP Ge­orge Christensen will speak at an an­tiIs­lam protest in Mackay on Sun­day.

The rally is one of a se­ries of Re­claim Aus­tralia protests tak­ing place across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Townsville, over the week­end.

Mr Christensen said he de­cided to speak at the rally be­cause he agreed with many of the group’s ideals, in­clud­ing the right to ex­ile ter­ror­ists.

He said he was not an­tiIs­lam but that he was against ex­trem­ism.

“I don’t agree with the skin­heads and the neo- Nazis,” he said.

“They’ve got noth­ing to do with what I’m say­ing.”

Mr Christensen said while ev­ery rally had ex­trem­ists, they did not rep­re­sent the over­all mind­set of par­tic­i­pants.

“There were peo­ple in the op­po­site rally who burnt the Aus­tralian flag,” he said.

Herbert MP Ewen Jones dis­tanced him­self from Mr Christensen’s de­ci­sion, say­ing he didn’t know the full cir­cum­stances.

“Ge­orge is a very good friend of mine but we are very, very dif­fer­ent peo­ple,” he said.

“I would never speak at a Re­claim Aus­tralia rally.

“I be­lieve that what­ever peo­ple bring to this coun­try, that they add to it, they add di­men­sion and tex­ture and flavour to it.”

Or­gan­iser of the Townsville rally, Kim Vuga, stars in an up­com­ing SBS doc­u­men­tary Go Back to Where You Came From and said her trip to the Mid­dle East dur­ing film­ing only ce­mented her views.

“That’s why I’m so pas­sion­ate about the rally,” she said.

“While we have peace­ful, lov­ing Mus­lims in our coun­try, the prob­lem is with Is­lam it­self.

“We were the silent ma­jor­ity, now we’re get­ting noisy.”

Ge­orge Christensen.

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