by Hinna Sheikh
by Hinna Sheikh
London – A new poll revealed recently that 49% of Australians would support the anti-immigrant, far-right politician, Pauline Hanson, in her proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the country.
Ms Hanson’s political career began in the 1990’s, when she criticised Asian immigration, this is her return to Parliament after 20 years and she is without a doubt raising a few eyebrows with her further xenophobic views.
A member of the One Nation party, upon her return to the senate last week Ms Hanson warned that Australia was in danger of being “swamped” by Muslims.
The poll, which surveyed 1,075 people, asked Australians if they supported the banning of Muslim immigration. An astounding 49% of Australians supported such moves, whilst 40% opposed it. The reasons for such high figures in favour of this directive are because Australians citizens feel that Muslims do not integrate well enough into Australian society and they do not share the same values.
Hanson continued her rhetoric by implying that if Muslims do not assimilate, then they can go back to where they came from.
The Muslim population in Australia stands at just 2.2%, with 61.1% identifying as Christian.
The race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, criticised Hansons speech and via his Twitter, called on Australians to avoid such rhetoric and embrace the rich diversity of the country.
In an opinion piece for The Guardian, Soutphommasane wrote about the social effects of such politicians targeting and vilifying single communities, “”When politicians target particular groups with their rhetoric, it can affect what children experience in the schoolyard, and what their parents experience in their workplace.”
Ms Hanson’s comments are not unheard of. On the other side of the world, the Presidential candidate, Donald Trump peddles a similar discourse. He too warns the country of the risk of accepting Muslim immigrants.
In an age when the refugee crisis is the worst it has ever been and with President Obama urging the world to do more to support migrants, such rhetoric is only instilling more fear and hatred at a time when people need to stand united in humanity.