No: 2

Winter 2001

Know thy enemy:
One Nation

by Jimmy Haines
"Know thy enemy" has long been the best advice given to people going into battle. For the left and progressive forces in Australia, enemy No. 1 is Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party. While it is easy to brand them as "stupid" and "racist", it is only with a proper analysis of their policies can we be truly armed to fight against them.

One Nation supporters often say that Ms Hanson has been misquoted and her party's policies are misunderstood and misrepresented by the media.

However at every level of inspection, the party platform of Pauline Hanson's One Nation is bound by one ideological belief nationalism, and riddled with a wealth of reactionary conservatism, racism, and economic ignorance.

Nationalism gives them their sense of cultural supremacy, evident in their policies on minorities and multiculturalism.

They see 'white people' as the original Australians, and their English heritage as superior. They say a country can never be strong and united when it is blended with "inferior" cultures, therefore multiculturalism is not desirable.

The party attempts to hide its arrogant sense of cultural supremacy by calling it "equality", though their contempt for minority groups is clear.

Ms Hanson makes little attempt to hide it, and in her maiden speech to parliament she said:

"I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished.

"I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40 per cent of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin.

"They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate. Of course, I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country.

"A truly multicultural country can never be strong or united. The world is full of failed and tragic examples, ranging from Ireland to Bosnia to Africa and, closer to home, Papua New Guinea. America and Great Britain are currently paying the price.

"Arthur Calwell (Australia's first Minister for Immigration 1945 to 1949) said: 'Japan, India, Burma, Ceylon and every new African nation are fiercely anti-white and anti one another. Do we want or need any of these people here? I am one red-blooded Australian who says no and who speaks for 90% of Australians'."

Although Pauline Hanson was an independent at this time in her career, the tone of her One Nation party is identical.

Ms Hanson tries to shift the blame for her policies by saying it is the ethnic minorities who are "anti-white" and "anti-one another".

She uses false generalisations to the support her clearly flawed arguments.

Strangely, One Nation policy recognises the wealth of good that has been put into Australia by the Aborigines, and the immigration of the convicts, the thousands of Chinese who flocked to our gold fields, and the many Europeans who came here after the war.

However, it says that this growth and unity was achieved through assimilation and the subjugation of each culture to the British one. Multiculturalism is supposedly destructive to the peace, harmony, and productiveness of a nation.

Yet when they use examples such as Ireland, Sri Lanka, and India we can quickly identify that these nations were subjected to British imperialism, where stated British policy was to "incite" racial hatred, to cause disharmony and divide a weakened nation.

Another example of how capitalism uses ethnic tensions to destroy nations can be seen in Yugoslavia and the former USSR. When communist, the people of these multi-ethnic nations "did" live in peace and harmony.

It was only after capitalism took over and the United States and other imperialist fermented racial tensions that the conflicts and disintegration came.

One Nation's policies are indeed racist.

However, its statements do strike a chord with many Australians.

One Nation's support reflects a significant percentage of Australians who, through isolation or fear still cling to the "Mother England" mentality that was the driving force of our culture for so many years.

It also reflects the backlash against the economic-rationalist policies that have wreaked so much destruction on us over the last 15 or so years, particularly in rural communities.

This has left many people outside the new progressive attitudes that have developed in mainstream (read: big city) Australia, and suspicious of the multicultural policies introduced by the previous Federal Labor Government.

The One Nation Party is stridently capitalist, and their policy focuses on the promotion of private industry, but with economic isolation of Australian industry. One Nation rejects free trade and multi-nationals operating unrestricted within Australia's borders.

A closer look at One Nation's economic policies reveals an inward, fortress and impractical approach one which denies the realities of the interdependence of nations and the necessity of all countries to trade with one another.

She does not oppose Australian capitalist and monopolies, only foreign ones.

One nation policy also delves into youth issues, suggesting that the education system has been corrupted. One Nation denounces the fact that young people who are educated have better opportunities in the job market.

They say that apprenticeships are the most desirable form of education and study for young people, particularly in rural areas.

The One Nation platform then goes on to describe its proposals to reduce our already low foreign aid rate, and instead use it for mainly domestic purposes, such as natural disasters.

One of One Nation's most frightening policies is in regard to disabled people. They say there is a lot of "community concern" about physically and intellectually disabled people displaying anti-social behaviour.

They suggest current policies emphasising community placement should be "reassessed" meaning they should be placed back into institutions.

This extremely offensive policy is similar to that of Nazi Germany, where people with disabilities were removed from society for public comfort and safety. (The end result of such thinking was that all disabled people were eventually exterminated.)

Most concerning about the One Nation policy document is how it mentions indigenous affairs and reconciliation almost in passing. Several short paragraphs at the very end of pages and pages of document are all they have included.

Pauline says that she also is a "native" of Australia, and therefore has just as much claim to the country as the "indigenous" inhabitants.

They propose that all funding targeted to assist Indigenous people with welfare, employment, education, land, business and housing be abolished.

They suggest that funding that is based on "indigenous" or "non indigenous" criteria is racist. They completely ignore the fact that the reason Indigenous communities require this special assistance is "because" of the racist policies of the past.

However this short spiel is quite benign compared to the previous diatribes of Pauline Hanson and her cohorts. Both in print and while addressing race hate groups like the League of Nations, One Nation has manufactured and spread lies about Indigenous people to recruit members to their cause.

The policies of One Nation are racist, backward, anti-intellectual, and isolationist; the complete opposite of those put forward by communists.

We must also remember that Pauline Hanson and her ideas come from a Liberal Party background.

It disgusted me when through both inaction and encouragement John Howard allowed One Nation to flourish in Australia.

The ruling class has used One Nation to divide the working class have them fighting amongst themselves, so that Capitalism can rule unimpeded.

We must actively fight against Pauline Hanson and One Nation, and blockade their road to power in any way that we can. But not only this, we must also fight against their capitalist conspirators.

For it is only under socialism, that a just, peaceful and multicultural society can truly exist.

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