Quietblog seems overconfident in the face of the threat that right wing extremism poses to Australia. Your recent piece on Bernardi’s threatened split showed little concern for the possibility that there may be many people who are attracted to his divisive politics.
There may well be less inequality in Australia than England and the USA [Quietblog comment- indigenous Australians might disagree on this], but there is plenty of anger at our political system. This is the anger Trump and Farage both used so successfully and this is the anger Hanson relies on.
Hanson’s support is on the rise and the major parties’ support is falling, especially in wake of the expenses scandal that will not be forgotten quickly.
As voters look away from those parties who do they look to?
After decades of being told the Greens don’t care about job losses if it benefits their environmental agenda (regardless of the truth), many voters who are turning away from major parties will never vote Green. They also don’t get their information from blogs like this one.
So that leaves a smattering of independents who are far less prominent than the rising One Nation Party and the possibility of Bernardi’s new conservative alliance which would court the religious extremists and by dint of being a new party may avoid the taint of the expenses scandals.
Even if it doesn’t win power immediately, an increasingly powerful ultra-right faction in Australian politics, still protected and supported by commercial interests in mining and media, shifts the political landscape, making extremist positions seem more reasonable.
Not taking the threat of right wing extremism seriously is a mistake that has been made in Europe and America. Don’t do the same in Australia.