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‘Provocateur’ Wilders to get Australian visa

Published on : 2 October 2012 - 10:43am | By ((C) ANP)
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Australia is willing to issue a visa to populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders. Immigration Minster Chris Bowen said in a radio interview that he had thought long and hard about the decision.

The Freedom Party leader was due to visit Australia later this month to give two speeches at the invitation of an anti-Islam group. On Monday, Dutch daily De Telegraaf reported he had delayed his trip because his visa application was taking so long to process.

Bowen told Australian broadcaster ABC that the visa decision had taken so long because 'we had to find a balance between our freedom of expression and his rather extreme views'. He went on to describe Wilders as a ‘provocateur’ who would “like nothing more than to be denied entry to Australia and garner his cause more attention” .

Wilders was originally invited to speak in Sydney and Melbourne but the organisers say there has been so much interest they are now planning a third lecture in Perth.

 

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Anonymous 10 April 2013 - 7:35am / Australia

This has already taken place but I found per the media here in Queensland that intrviews with Mr.Welders was highly and erroneously influenced by the charge of his bheing "Racist". It surprised me that the interviewers had so little knowledge of his Mission and Experiences with Islamic demography and in fact that he cold not be a racist whilst being a Muslim does not alwsays depend on one being an Arab.

DZ Alexander 8 October 2012 - 6:19pm / Canada

I enjoyed that [& the comments]. I think that Australians have seen through Geert Wilders; if this SBS Dateline program is any indication. It was broadcast just before Wilders' journey to New York to add fuel to the "Ground Zero" "Mosque" uproar.

Mr CONTROVERSIAL [Both video & transcript are still available]
http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/watch/id/600717/n/Mr-Controversial
http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/transcript/id/600717/n/Mr-Controver...

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Awesome Ted 3 October 2012 - 8:27pm

I'm no fan of Wilders. But I doubt Australians have much to fear from his visit. He'll go and give some speeches, do some interviews with the press.
Everybody knows what's coming. "One religion is worse than all the others. One culture is superior to another. Blah, blah, blah..." Same tired old shit.
Some right wingers will hang on every word. Sensible Australians will recognize what Wilders is- another populist politician whose rise to fame comes on the backs of repressed minority groups.
His party took a big hit in the most recent Dutch election. Dutch voters have gotten tired of this broken record.

Anonymous 3 October 2012 - 4:48am / Australia

I don't know much about this politician from the Netherlands.
Australia, like most countries in the western world continues to apologise to Islamists who seem only interested spreading a message of intolerance and hatred of all faiths other than their own. Wilders seems to bring some balance and isn't scared to express what many of us believe but are too afraid to express. I last time I checked, Australia was still a democracy though some would silence the majority if they could.
Many of us welcome him to Australia.
As for our gutless politicians like . They should move to Afghanistan.

Wez 3 October 2012 - 6:29pm / USA

There's also this thing about the the human race... a certain percentage of people HAVE to believe they are superior to the rest...in America, we have right wing politicians regularly talking about "American Exceptionalism"... the logical conclusion must then be the rest of the worlds population is less than exceptional. "We are better than you." ...Especially feels good when you are shallow and have no life.

Another thing related to the first is the need for some people to find an enemy to blame for all their troubles... especially when the economy is doing bad ...or even the need to just to simply find someone to hate at. These are probably people who are simply just genetically mean... good candidates for psycho/sociopaths.

And don't forget, the west has been screwing in big ways with the Middle East for a century at least... Doesn't help society develop when corrupt kings, princes and dictators are supported in the name of oil and that borders are deliberately imposed to group people together to keep them at odds with each other. Read some history.

By the way... Wilders physical appearance makes him ready to go as a Nazi in some war movie. Creepy.

Anonymous 4 October 2012 - 6:37am

Blond, blue eyed = Nazi? Your comment is creepy.

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Awesome Ted 4 October 2012 - 10:04am

As a blond, blue eyed non-Nazi, I would tend to agree with you. We shouldn't judge people based purely on appearances.
It should be noted that Wilders' appearance is quite modified. His natural dark blond hair is bleached to give him this dramatic appearance. Images of him on his own blog have been retouched to make his dark eyes blue. That's really creepy.
The rest of Wez's comment was spot-on.

Anonymous 5 October 2012 - 2:56am

Being a provocateur and all, he may be just telling all those who fuss about his appearance to go to hell.

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Awesome Ted 5 October 2012 - 10:59am

It's been pretty well established that his appearance is part of his attention-getting strategy. He complains of living under constant mortal threat, but I've seen him parading around in public wearing a retina-searing white windbreaker.
His vitriol towards Islam, and more recently, foreigners in general, help to keep him on the front page. His appearance makes for good video for the nightly newscast. I have to admit, he's one of the best in the world at being famous.

Anonymous 6 October 2012 - 6:37pm

Fame aside, I think he articulated concerns many people have about Islam. I suspect he lost a lot of support when he expanded his campaign to foreigners in general.

Phill 3 October 2012 - 12:01am / Australia

It's obvious these politicians have no idea what Islam is. Wilders is speaking the truth about the Koran being likened to Hitlers Mein Kamph (Spelling). The politicians are to busy appeasing Muslims. Maybe they should actually pick the Koran up and read. They will soon change their minds if they are intelligent enough.

Theo Prinse 2 October 2012 - 4:16pm / Nederland

I resent the word 'provocateur' but I am glad mister Wilders can speak freely in Australia. According to Prof. Thomas Sowell Islam murdered 270 million people.

Raoul 2 October 2012 - 2:35pm / Australia

Minister Bowen is insulting our intelligence. He had no problem granting visas to at least three firebrand Islamists this year, preaching hatred and division. See the Sydney riots a couple weeks ago. But when a lone voice warning is invited to come here and give a critical perspective, then this Minister has to sit on his hands for weeks and weeks, and 6 hours after Geert Wilders has finally postponed, he says he will no longer stand in the way? Does he think we're that stupid? What does he know now about Geerts Wilders he did not know in August? Bowen is a sordid Islamophile, and since he was wined and dined in the Gulf states with his mates Sherry and Crean, he' s on the hog for everything Islam. No wonder the illegal migration business booms like never before in our history.

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