Milo gets his visa – but does the Morrison govt get the message?

Australian governments have always felt a patriarchical entitlement to shield their citizens’ eyes from whatever they deem unacceptable. Most famously, in 1937 Egon Kisch was refused entry by the legal trickery of administering a test in Gaelic. Kisch was a communist aiding the Stalinists’ double-crossing of the world over Nazism, and the government of the day was conservative. In recent years however, the “character test” has been used every bit as enthusiastically as a political billy-club by the left. What’s worse is when supposedly conservative governments run so scared of the left that they join in.

As we reported in Whaleoil last week, the Australian government was set to refuse a visa to Milo Yiannopoulos, on the flimsiest of excuses. Now the Morrison government has overruled the bureaucracy, which is a minor win. But does the Coalition really get it? Quote:

Milo Yiannopoulos is set to visit Australia again, with the Immigration Minister set to override Department of Home Affairs advice that the controversial right-wing speaker should be banned on character grounds.

The British commentator has made a career out of attacking feminism, political correctness and Islam. End of quote.

They say that like it’s a bad thing. Quote:

The speaking tour, which is due to take place before the May federal election, will proceed despite Yiannopoulos owing Victoria Police $50,000 to cover policing costs.

In December 2017, a rally in the inner Melbourne suburb of Kensington turned violent when opposing protesters clashed outside the venue where Yiannopoulos was speaking.

Heavily armed police used capsicum spray and at least two people were arrested.

A police officer was also struck by rocks and suffered minor injuries. End of quote.

“Opposing protesters clashed” is a deceitful way of avoiding admitting that violent leftists attacked a peaceful gathering. Milo doesn’t owe the police anything: he never contracted the police, who were only even necessary because of the violent intolerance of the left. This is state-sponsored extortion, pure and simple. Quote:

The change in heart follows pressure on Immigation Minister David Coleman by conservative MPs, including One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and former human rights commissioner Tim Wilson, arguing that banning the all-right [sic] speaker would be a blow to freedom of speech.

“Milo is a boring, unimaginative, self-absorbed attention-seeker of questionable character,” Mr Wilson told The Australian.

“But free speech is for everyone, hence I was surprised by the news and have raised it with the minister.” End of quote.

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And here we get to the problem with the Coalition government. Thankfully, they’ve been shamed into doing the right thing, but it’s obvious that their heart isn’t in it. They had to be shamed into action by right-wing firebrand Pauline Hanson. Even then, former so-called “Freedom Commissioner” Tim Wilson, a wishy-washy wannabe watermelon, has to nod and wink to the outrage-mongers of the left.

The Coalition is supposed to be a broad-church classical liberal/conservative government, yet they constantly betray the very values they’re supposed to espouse. Then they wonder why their base is deserting them, while conservative minor parties like One Nation are thriving.

Conservative voters might not like everything Pauline Hanson stands for, but they can at least tell that she is standing for something.


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