Billboard bullying doesn’t win the argument

The United Patriots Front, a  far-right group opposed to immigration, claimed victory after complaints (some of which were reportedly of an abusive and threatening manner) were made about an Australia Day billboard featuring girls in hijabs.

I’m not sure what the United Patriots Front thinks they may have achieved here, their actions of abuse and intimidation are more suited to the left side of politics.

Ironically (and perhaps tellingly for our immigration program), I don’t think there would have been any controversy if the billboard had depicted people of either Chinese or Indian descent, two groups at the top of our immigration program in recent years. In contrast, Muslims make up 2.2% of the Australian population.

The larger question is what type of society are we creating where a billboard depicting two Australians is forced to be taken down by the actions of other Australians.




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