Islamophobia, the last refuge of the scoundrel

This week on New Politics – one of the best podcasts on Australian politics – we look at the troubling rise of Islamophobia in Australian media, sparked by opposition leader Peter Dutton’s comments linking minority government, the teals, Australian Greens, and Muslims.

Following Senator Fatima Payman’s resignation from the Labor Party to sit as an independent, mainstream media outlets including Seven West Media, Nine Media, Network 10, and ABC have engaged in thinly veiled racist analysis, while News Corporation has been more blatant in its attacks. Notably, Andrew Bolt has claimed that Australia’s safety is compromised by Muslims, further stoking fear and prejudice.

Our discussion focuses on the persistent failure of Australian politics and media to embrace the country’s diversity. Despite having the most diverse federal parliament elected in 2022, both the political system and media lag behind in representing the true multicultural reality of Australia. We critique the mainstream media’s tendency to exploit anti-Islam sentiment, illustrating a broader reluctance to accept diversity in politics and media.

We also explore the emergence of The Muslim Vote, a new group aiming to educate and mobilise voters around issues related to the Middle East. This movement draws parallels with Climate 200 and has already provoked mainstream media outcry, highlighting the double standards in Australian politics where certain religions are deemed acceptable while Islam faces constant scrutiny.

As we navigate the complex interplay between religion and politics, we question why some forms of religious influence are tolerated while others are demonised. The appointment of a special envoy to combat antisemitism by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, contrasted with the lack of similar attention to Islamophobia, exemplifies these double standards.

Lastly, we consider the leadership of Peter Dutton and the potential impact of his divisive tactics on the upcoming election. While his hardline stance on issues like nuclear energy and Islam might appeal to certain factions, it risks further alienating the broader electorate.

Join us as we unpack these critical issues, challenge the status quo, and advocate for a more inclusive and representative political landscape in Australia.

Song listing:

  1. “Rain”, Turya.
  2. “Back To The Crossroads”, Little Axe.
  3. “Praise You”, Fat Boy Slim.

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