A website for ‘Justice, security and a fair go’
Have you found www.australiansall.com.au?
Apparently it all started in March this year when Malcolm Fraser invited a group of community leaders to his office to talk about what he sees as ‘our increasingly and bitterly divided world; where policies of exclusion strike at the heart of a free and open society’. ‘Thoughts on the Current Situation’ is the background paper written for the meeting.
The group shares concerns about serious and dangerous divisions between the West and Islam, divisions which they believe have already led to fear and alienation. They ask whether private citizens have a part to play in the pursuit of a just society and believe that individuals acting alone or together could and should make a difference.
The website is a place for debate, discussion and responses to events that the group sees as threatening to our commitment to a just and equal Australia. ‘Australians all’ are the first words of the National Anthem and the group has come together to promote:
1. an inclusive, open, diverse and multicultural society, where all people — no matter their religion, race, colour or background — have an equal opportunity
2. Adherence to the laws of Australia.
3. Respect for difference
4. The Rule of Law
– due process
– no secret imprisonment
– absolute right to legal representation
– a secular State
– freedom of religion
5. Acceptance that freedom and liberty carries with it the need for wisdom, restraint and responsibility
6. Acceptance that the right of free speech and a free press does not include the right to incite racial violence, to demonize or to denigrate a religion or a people
7. A world where co-operation is the cornerstone, and where unilateralism is rejected.
As a consequence, they oppose:
1. all forms of racism and discrimination.
2. selectivity in the application of the law.
3. public policy that seeks to divide or exclude.
Peter, Paul and Mary sang it in the sixties….. ‘The times they are a-changin’……how do you interpret what is going on here in the noughties?