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Revoke Geert Wilder's Australian Visa

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As one of the leaders in a global anti-Islam network, Geert Wilders represents a danger to Australian social cohesion due to his intolerant and undemocratic views regarding Muslims and Islam. His beliefs include that Muslims should be paid to leave their countries of birth if they are born in Western countries, that Muslims should be banned from emigrating to Western countries and that women who exercise their democratic right to wear a headscarf should be taxed. In a hypocritical attack on free speech he has advocated prohibition of the Koran by a comparison with Hitler's Mein Kampf.  Geert Wilders' xenophobia is not limited to Muslims, the website of his party, The PVV, includes news clippings with bold headlines blaming foreigners for petty crime, noise nuisance – and taking jobs from the Dutch. “Are immigrants from Central and Eastern countries bothering you? We’d like to hear from you,” it says.

A Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, publicly condemned Wilders's remarks and behaviour, she claimed that "he incites discord among people in a distasteful manner.... he damages the interests of the Dutch population and the reputation of the Netherlands in the world."

Hate speech by Geert Wilders is a very real threat to society. He preys on the vulnerable, naive and uneducated who don't question the nonsensical statistics and inaccurate claims he feeds them.

Geert Wilders and his acolytes at the Q-Society pose a severe threat to Australian society with their intolerance and bigotry. Allowing him to preach hatred against Muslims will increase the sense of alienation that is driving a small number of young Muslims towards extremism.  Because of this, Geert Wilders should be denied a Visa on the grounds of not meeting character requirements.

On the Department of Immigrations website  it clearly states that those "who want to enter or stay in Australia must satisfy the character requirement as set out in Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act). This includes all non-citizens, sponsors of visa applicants and non-migrating family members seeking to enter or stay in Australia." (http://www.immi.gov.au/About/Pages/media/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-79.aspx)

It is evident that Wilders does not meet the following requirements as him visiting Australia and speaking at the Liberty Alliance launch would:

incite discord in the Australian community or in a part of it
be a danger to the Australian community or a part of it. 
He is also otherwise not of good character.

Signing this petition will help stop the spread of intolerance towards Muslims and other minorities. 

 

FREEDOM OF SPEECH ISSUES

Can the right to freedom of opinion and expression be limited?

In addition, under article 19(3) freedom of expression may be limited as provided for by law and when necessary to protect the rights or reputations of others, national security, public order, or public health or morals. Limitations must be prescribed by legislation necessary to achieve the desired purpose and proportionate to the need on which the limitation is predicated. - (http://www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtections/HumanRights/PublicSectorGuidanceSheets/Pages/Righttofreedomofopinionandexpression.aspx)

This is not a freedom of speech issue. No one is stopping him from preaching hatred and intolerance. However, we are not obligated to provide him a platform here when his views are so profoundly unAustralian.  

 



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