Weep for Australia. Weep
Australia was once a country that led the world in human rights law, and where racist comments were simply laughed out of court. Its "femocrats" were world-famous for their influence.
AUSTRALIA could become a Muslim nation within 50 years because "we are aborting ourselves almost out of existence", a Government backbencher says.
The former minister Danna Vale is one of five Coalition women proposing an amendment to the private member's bill that seeks to remove ministerial veto over abortion drugs such as RU486. At a news conference called by the five yesterday, she said it was important politicians considered the ramifications "for the community and the nation we become in the future".
"I have read … comments by a certain imam from the Lakemba Mosque [who] actually said that Australia is going to be a Muslim nation in 50 years' time," said Mrs Vale, MP for the southern Sydney seat of Hughes.
"I didn't believe him at the time. But … look at the birthrates and you look at the fact that we are aborting ourselves almost out of existence by 100,000 abortions every year … You multiply that by 50 years. That's 5 million potential Australians we won't have here."
Oh, but the opposition to the drug is purely on health grounds, the religious lobby says. It isn't about abortion at all, really, really.
What went wrong with Australia? I really don't know any more. I used to have theories, but it has now gone so from bad to worse they no longer seem adequate.