Family First’s Francis says our leaders are too scared of offending Muslims
The Office of the Queensland Senate Candidate for Family First, Wendy Francis, issued this media release today:
Australia’s political leaders are too scared of offending Muslims, says Queensland Senate candidate Wendy Francis. The Family First candidate claims Australians are worried about the rise of Islamic influence and the erosion of the Australian identity, but that both major parties refuse to engage in legitimate debate about the issue.
“Political correctness is now so out of control, proper and respectful debate about issues like Australian values and culture is out of bounds,” she said.
Francis was speaking after the Liberal party disendorsed their candidate for the seat of Chifley, David Barker, for “anti-Muslim” quotes.
“I wouldn’t agree with everything Mr Barker has said, but his disendorsement highlights the fear by Labor and the Coalition of Muslims and all those on the Left who make everyday Australians feel guilty for being Australian,” Mrs Francis said.
Francis said Australian values of fairness, mateship and respect need to be linked to our history and culture in order to protect the identity of the nation.
“We spend too much time trying to change our country rather than celebrate who we are and what makes Australia great.”
Mrs Francis pointed to a recent government-funded study advocating that Muslim values be taught in our schools and the continual huge costs levelled on taxpayers to accommodate the Muslim religion.
“We spend money trying to make Australians change to accommodate other cultures while in rural Australia we can’t get funding for health centres. Something is wrong and I intend to work to change this,” she said.
“It’s not scaremongering. It’s not racism. Australians are concerned that immigration, with no conditions, is taking us down the wrong road, but we are silenced because wanting to discuss these issues brands us racists,” she said.
Mrs Francis committed to pushing for Australian values, history and culture to be taught more specifically in schools and for no government funding for any project that promoted the cultures of other nations or religions over Australian traditions or culture.
“If we don’t stand up for our country now we will lose it forever and I know most Aussies believe this.”