They got 8% of the national vote, a large chunk of that on the back of preference deals that they did with a lot of fringe groups. That's still 3% less than the Greens. Hardly what I'd call a "rise".
Rise, return, whatever, the word doesn't matter. One Nation has representation again.
Pauline is like a cyclone. Pops up every few years, makes a lot of noise then eventually fucks off after doing a bit of damage. Her arrival is always overblown by the media, and has thus far amounted to absolutely nothing.
Actually, I'd say Hanson fell silent for a long period of time before returning. Also, the riots back in the 90s (which were actually more driven by anti-Hanson voters) probably amount to more than a "bit of damage."
A specific uni, I'm guessing? Hardly something you can use to tar an entire nation with.
Macquarie, actually. And when did I "tar an entire nation" with it? I said "coupled." Racist slurs on toilets by themselves aren't a basis for anything.
I saw that poll, and it got less than 900 people responding to it. That's not even remotely close to enough respondents to produce any form of usable or useful data, and any media organisation that used it to make any kind of declarative statement was... disingenuous, at best.
I'd need a source on that. Looking up what I can, I've seen statements that over 1000 recipients responded, that the same poll was released twice in the same year, and got similar results both times. 1000 isn't definitive in of itself, I'll grant you, but coupled with everything else, coupled with the repeated results, I'd still find the results disconcerting.
Show me a country that hasn't got a history of race problems.
You do realize that's a falacious argument right? If all locations share the same problem, ergo the problem isn't worth discussing/addressing?
Also, none of this begins to justify your statement about Australia.
The original statement was "As someone who lives in Oz, I'm not sure if Australia is that much of a "nice country" these days."
Speaking of which:
However, your original post attempted to paint the whole nation with a very broad brush. Your claim that Australia is "not that much of a nice country" is, frankly, wrong.
So, not only are you intentionally misquoting me, but at this point it's coming off as more that I dared to say something non-positive that's the issue.
You're also technically the one making the assertion here, since my original phrase was "I'm not sure," same way I refused to make any declarations about Sweeden. But by proxy your claim that "Australia is not that much of a nice country is wrong," that does suggest that you are making the claim that it is.
You could make a reasonable argument for it being so, but talking about how great something is doesn't tend to be as productive as addressing issues. Just because the crime rate fell in King's Cross due to the lockout laws for instance doesn't mean that the police force stopped doing their job.
Australia is not a racist country, though it does have its share of racist people. Not all of them are white, either, despite current internet beliefs.
To that, it is quite unnecessary for you to "point out racism."
Uh-huh. So, if I ever see someone being verbally abused on public transport, or we get actual tar painting of an entire race/culture, I (and by your argument, everyone else) should just do nothing. I'm tempted to throw in a certain Edmund Burke quote at this point, but you already seem a bit upset already.
Also, I've never seen any widespread belief that racism can't be anti-white despite the occasional fringe claim, and I never made the claim in this thread.
It's pretty obvious to anyone with half a functioning brain. Even those drongos who write or say racist stuff know they're being racist. You also do not need to "acknowledge" that racism exists. Everyone knows that it exists.
Doing something bad, and knowing it's bad, doesn't change the fact that it's bad. If a criminal commits a crime in the knowledge that it's a crime, it doesn't absolve the act. If anything, it makes it worse.
I don't consider racism a crime per se, as long as it doesn't violate EEO (or similar) principles. Still, your line is just bizzare - at this point you seem upset that I've dared to say anything bad about Australia. You seem to take umbrage at the very idea of acknowledging that racism exists, when your very next line is "everyone knows it exists." So, it's okay to say a problem exists, but not okay to state that it exists. Uh-huh. Great line of thought.
You're not "Racism Man", gods-appointed pointer-outer and acknowledger of racism.
...the hell are you on about?
I'm tempted to joke that you're not Darth Vader either, but that's not going to solve anything. I'm also tempted to point out that I never once claimed a divine mandate or moral high ground, but that's not going to help either. All I can say is if we went from phrases such as:
"As someone who lives in Oz, I'm not sure if Australia is that much of a "nice country" these days."
"Pointing out racism and acknowledging it exists isn't the same as painting everyone with the same brush."
"You're not "Racism Man", gods-appointed pointer-outer and acknowledger of racism."
Then, yeah. One of those statements doesn't belong with the others. But in a (possibly vain) attempt to bring you around, I'll redirect you to the second quote and rephrase it as:
"Pointing out Islam has a violent ideology doesn't mean that all Muslims are violent."
"Pointing out that crime exists in (insert city of choice here) doesn't mean that the city as a whole is crime-ridden."
"Pointing out that women suffer from domestic violence doesn't mean that all men are thugs."
It's actually quite easy to discuss an issue, acknowledge an issue, and possibly work to alleviate an issue, without asserting that everyone is complicit with the issue.
Or maybe you really are Darth Vader and it's either blowing up planets or nothing, I dunno. 0_0