Pauline Hanson has announced that she will be running for the Senate in Queensland.
The far right may be in a bit of trouble if this is the best candidate they can offer.
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From the SMH:
Leaflet attack on Muslim lifesavers
February 24, 2007
THE far right candidate John Moffat has denied he put out a leaflet demanding the removal of Muslim lifesavers from North Cronulla and accusing “Islamic supremacists” of incest.
But Mr Moffat said many Cronulla people would incline towards the views expressed in the leaflet bearing his name.
Mr Moffat, Australia First’s only candidate in the state election, is standing for Cronulla and called for an end to the multicultural “nightmare” he said was afflicting the area.
The Liberal Party will hold a state council meeting in Cronulla tomorrow – a key campaign event that signals the significance the area has for the party, which holds the seat with a comfortable 8 per cent majority.
The pamphlet delivered to letterboxes in Cronulla yesterday called for the axing of a campaign to encourage the integration of Muslim surf lifesavers at Cronulla, a project it describes as a “monstrosity”.
Mr Moffat said that while he did not put out the pamphlet, it was “ludicrous” that the Federal Government was paying $600,000 for the “On the Same Wave” Muslim lifesaving initiative.
“I am not against Muslim lifesavers. But true Australian lifesavers do it for free.”
On the claim in the pamphlet that many “Lebanese thugs” in the 2005 Cronulla riots were “the product of incest” and that these bloodlines had led to “an underclass of Islamic supremacists”, Mr Moffat said “that is a popular sentiment”, but he did not know enough about the issue.
At least 16 Muslim lifesavers have had full training at the four surf clubs at Cronulla under the project, which also funded school cultural education programs and encouraged Muslim children to go to the beach.
The federal Liberal MP for the area, Bruce Baird, said the pamphlet was appalling. “It is becoming sadly evident that some racist elements are intent on seeing the White Australia Policy once again rear its ugly head,” he said.
From the Lismore Northern Star:
Man gets bail over airgun attack
By PATRIZIA REIMER
THEY threw something at his car and that was all the ammunition Jason Phillip Moye needed to go on a stalking mission that lasted several hours, involved two changes of vehicle, and ended with a BB gun shooting.
These are some of the police facts submitted in Ballina Court yesterday when the 24-year-old apprentice carpenter faced malicious wounding, firearms and stalking charges.
According to the police facts, the Ballina man drove past a group of Aboriginal youths near the Kerr Street intersection of the Pacific Highway on the night of Saturday, January 27, and allegedly saw one of them throw something at the car.
According to the report, he drove the vehicle around the streets of Ballina for about 40 minutes trying to apprehend the boys.
Blaming his noisy muffler for helping the youths get away, he allegedly went home, got his pushbike and rode around for a further 20 minutes in search of them.
He then went home and got back into his car, placing a BB gun and ball bearings on the passenger seat.
When he saw them again standing on Fishery Creek Bridge he pulled over, loaded his gun and shot at them through the passenger window.
He fired at the group again while driving his car across a lane of the Pacific Highway before going home.
The police facts stated that a 15-year-old had been hit in the neck and underwent surgery to remove a ball bearing.
The following day Moye was allegedly shopping in Ballina Fair when he saw the same youths entering a shop. He allegedly yelled out a racist slur, saying that he was in the KKK and would â€˜getâ€™ them.
He then followed them in his car around the two shopping centre car parks for about 20 minutes.
He was arrested on January 30 and granted bail.
Magistrate Kim Pogson yesterday continued the bail and adjourned the case until April 16.
From the Herald Sun:
Muslims challenge prejudice
February 23, 2007
SICK of negative stereotypes in the wake of September 11, the Islamic community is striking back.
Muslims want to project a realistic image of their lives and distance themselves from controversial figures like Sydney sheik Taj el-Din al-Hilaly.
To do so, the Islamic Council of Victoria has joined forces with a federal agency to promote positive images of ordinary Muslims.
And a dinner will be held in Melbourne tonight to celebrate Muslims’ contribution to Australia.
Islamic Council project manager Neil Aykan said yesterday the campaign would highlight Muslims in their daily work, interacting with colleagues.
“There are a lot of high-profile figures such as the Sydney sheik who tend to constantly get media attention, which is unfortunate but a fact of life,” Mr Aykan said.
“The media seems to focus on controversial and provocative figures rather than real people, and these are the real people.”
Organised with the federal Department of Family Services and Indigenous Affairs, the program will recognise Muslims and non-Muslims who have contributed to social cohesion and integration.
More than 30 awards will be presented under the government-funded Bringing Communities Together program.
“It’s all about sharing our achievements, because we are all one country, and one society,” Mr Aykan said.
“It’s about bringing communities together.”
Two examples of Muslim young achievers are Sherene Hassan and Bachar Houli.
Ms Hassan is a cross-cultural trainer who has made more than 400 presentations about Islam since 2001. The mother of four eagerly awaits the day when Muslims represent Australian sporting sides internationally.
“I long for the day we have a Muslim on the Australian cricket team and a female Muslim hijabi representing Australia at the Olympics,” she said.
Houli, the first Muslim to be drafted into the AFL, signed with Essendon last year.
“As Muslims we should be proud of what unites us and demonstrate being peaceful and respectful individuals to others,” he said.
From the SMH, an interesting article about an exhibition on Depression-era extremists which is currently on. If you were in Sydney you could even go and see it yourself!
Ugly days of reds, riots and class warfare
Political opponents once took their battle to Sydney’s streets, writes Steve Meacham.
A sinister hooded figure in dark Ku Klux Klan-type robes and mask raises a wooden club in a gesture of aggression.
The date is May 1932. And the Sydney policeman posing in the almost ludicrous costume is being photographed for official records, modelling evidence found in a raid against a secret right-wing paramilitary group called the Fascist Legion.
A few days earlier, eight members of the legion had launched a brutal and unprovoked attack on a prominent unionist, Jock Garden.
Subsequent police inquiries had established that the 52-strong legion was a fanatical offshoot of the much better-known New Guard set up by the Turramurra solicitor Eric Campbell, a Mussolini admirer determined to bring down the left-wing government of the NSW premier Jack Lang.
“The Fascist Legion met in cellars,” says Caleb Williams, the curator of Tough Men, Hard Times: Policing the Depression, an exhibition which opens on Saturday at the Justice & Police Museum. “They weren’t supposed to know each other’s names, so they referred to each other by number.”
The disturbing image of the Fascist League robes, recently discovered in the museum’s forensic photography archive, graphically illustrates what Williams calls “a forgotten part of our history, something that has not become part of our shared memory” – the ugly class warfare between fascists and communists that often erupted on the streets of Sydney in the early 1930s.
“These were three years of intense political crisis and social instability, violence and chaos,” says Williams. “And the police were very much at the centre of it.”
Through posters, photographs, cartoons and objects, Tough Men, Hard Times explores the period of turmoil from the Great Depression of 1929 to the months following the fall of the Lang government in 1932.
Up to a third of the working population was unemployed. Huge queues formed at places such as Circular Quay where the police issued food relief coupons. “Anti-eviction riots” became part of daily life as huddles of determined men, many of them World War I veterans, defended working class suburbs such as Redfern, Bankstown and Newtown against the landlord, the bailiff and the policeman.
Organised by the communist Unemployed Workers Movement, the men would erect barricades around homes that were about to be repossessed, using barbed wire and sandbags, techniques they had learned in the trenches. Bricks and iron bars would hurtle through the air.
Invariably the crisis would end in a police baton charge. Once, the police grew so frustrated that 17 bullets smashed into a wall: fortunately no one was killed.
The tone of violence had been set on December 16, 1929, when a coal strike at Rothbury Colliery in the Hunter Valley escalated into one of the worst outbreaks of industrial violence in Australian history. About 5000 miners had marched on the colliery to oppose the reopening of the mine using non-union labour.
“The police certainly saw themselves as protectors of the status quo and the miners as the vanguard of a wider revolutionary push,” says Williams. They fired at the advancing mob of miners, supposedly above their heads. But one miner, Norman Brown, was killed instantly. The ensuing fighting left 45 people seriously injured.
“The Battle of Rothbury set the scene for a very aggressive policing philosophy,” Williams says. The chief architect was Superintendent William John MacKay, a Glaswegian and “a tough, gutsy, pragmatic cop who didn’t mind employing quite brutal tactics”.
But at least MacKay was even-handed, ready – in his words – “to belt some bloody heads off” the New Guard as well as what he would have called “the reds”. On his orders, police infiltrated fascist and communist camps using a network of spies and informers who revealed how the New Guard planned to mount machine-gun posts at strategic street corners in the event of civil war.
That intelligence-gathering paid dividends in May 1932 when the police were able to expose a preposterous New Guard plot to stage an armed uprising, a coup d’etat in which Lang would be kidnapped and his government locked up in Berrima’s jail.
“One of the interesting questions is what if the uprising had gone ahead?” says Williams. It was only when Lang was dismissed by the NSW governor, Sir Philip Game, on May 13 and replaced by the United Australia Party leader Bertram Stevens that the heat began to go out of the crisis.
Scholars are divided on how serious the New Guard were. But, to Williams, their existence – and the sometimes questionable role of the police in dealing with turbulent events – deserves to be better known, not hidden like “a mouldering fascist skeleton in the dark closet of Sydney’s past”.
Tough Men, Hard Times: Policing the Depression is at the Justice & Police Museum, Circular Quay, from Saturday until February 10 next year.
From the AJN:
Toben’s lawyer barred until May
LAWYERS for the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) have asked the Federal Court of Australia to re-list a contempt-of-court hearing into Dr Fredrick Toben, after discovering that the lawyer the Adelaide Holocaust denier nominated is suspended from practice.
The hearing, which is examining alleged violations of a 2002 Federal Court decision barring Dr Toben from publishing Holocaust-denial material on his Adelaide Insitute website and elsewhere, began on February 6, but was adjourned to allow him to find a lawyer.
Dr Toben told Justice Michael Moore that he only had access to one lawyer, and he would not be available until May.
Outside the court, lawers for the ECAJ told the AJN they would contact the lawyer and if he was not available, they would give Dr Toben two weeks to replace him.
But investigations by ECAJ lawyers later revealed the lawyer was not available until May because his certificate of practice has been suspended until then.
From The Ballarat Courier:
Liberals flee from Hanson remarks
THE Liberal Party has distanced itself from comments made by Pauline Hanson when she visited Ballarat on Sunday.
Victorian Liberal senator Julian McGauran and former Ballarat East candidate Geoff Hayes have both said her visit to Ballarat and the comments she made had nothing to do with the Liberal Party or its policies.
On Sunday Ms Hanson said she wanted to see a stop to Muslim, Sudanese and black South African migration to Australia which was “flooding” the country. Her comments outraged the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council.
Senator McGauran said Ms Hanson being photographed outside the front of Liberal House on Sturt St, had nothing to do with the party.
“She certainly would not have received an invitation inside,” he said.
“She has to be condemned. Australia has the largest and best organised refugee program in the world and Ballarat benefits greatly from the proportion it receives.”
“Her comments are designed to stir and are more suited to north Queensland, where she is seeking political office.” Cr Hayes said the comments she had made were an affront to the Liberal Party and was one of the very reasons why she was dropped as a candidate.
“She has got nothing to do with the Liberal Party and I find her comments not only irresponsible, but also bordering on the obscene. She has no idea what she is talking about,” he said.
Ms Hanson was in Ballarat celebrating the birthday of a former political adviser.
And the Courier Editorial:
No place for redneck views in modern society
PAULINE Hansonâ€™s politics have no place in Ballarat.
While the woman herself is welcome to visit our beautiful city when she likes, she should leave her bigotted views behind.
Ms Hanson was in town at the weekend on a private visit but was still happy to promote her racist views.
“I want to see a stop to Muslims coming into Australia,” she told this newspaper.
“I want to see a stop to the Sudanese and black South Africans that are flooding our country.” Her comments were perhaps best summed up by chairman of Ballaratâ€™s Regional Multicultural Council, George Fong: Sad, ignorant, uninformed and anachronistic.” He is absolutely on the mark. There is no place in our community for people who espouse such nonsense.
Ms Hanson need not have looked too far beyond her lunch table to find people of migrant backgrounds who have come to our country and made a contribution to the life and culture that we all enjoy today.
By singling out Muslims, Sudanese and black South Africans in her attack and not providing any bases for her concerns, she confirms in the minds of reasonable people that she is a woman without substance.
Reasonable people understand that onr conntry is built on a strong history of multiculturalism. Over 200 years we have welcomed people from all nations to our shores to share our wealth. Indeed, we have the physical labour of thousands of pioneering migrants to thank for the way our country has developed.
Reasonable people know that it is right for us to offer shelter to those whose lives have been torn apart by war and other tragedy beyond their control.
Australia is in a position to extend a humanitarian hand to those in need. Naturally, we must do this in a controlled and sustainable way.
But, to dismiss people out of hand purely because of their skin colour or their religious beliefs, as Ms Hanson would have us do, is ridiculous.
Frighteningly for Australia, Ms Hanson has indicated she will run for a Queensland Senate seat at the Federal election later this year.
Perhaps rejection for a second time at the ballot box will finally convince her that her politics are old hat.
We can only hope so.
From The Age:
Hatred in a head count
February 19, 2007
RWANDAN Muslims were once held in low esteem. They were traders in a land where farmers held prestige. Moreover they were socially and politically negligible, constituting roughly 5 per cent of the population, and largely confined to the unspectacular neighbourhood of Kigali. Then came the genocide of 1994 in which tribal violence between Hutus and Tutsis claimed 800,000 lives.
Churches became slaughterhouses. Some brave priests and nuns lost their lives trying to resist the genocide. Many others were complicit. Hutu Catholic pastors offered refuge to Tutsis, only to surrender them to Hutu death squads who massacred them in the pews, and even at the altar.
Meanwhile, Kigali was a sanctuary. Muslims, both Hutu and Tutsi, resolved that they would stand against the genocide. When Hutu militias surrounded the neighbourhood, Hutu Muslims refused to co-operate. They hid Tutsis â€” Muslim and Christian â€” in their homes and in their mosques. Now, Islam in Rwanda is booming. Masses of Christians, incapable of returning to the churches in which their families were slaughtered, sickened at the thought of praying next to those who massacred them and listening to priests who sanctioned it, have converted to Islam. Today, Muslims constitute around 15 per cent of the population.
If we are to listen to visiting Israeli professor Raphael Israeli, Rwanda must now be heading for disaster. “When the Muslim population gets to a critical mass you have problems,” he contributed last week. For this, we are told the archetypal exhibit is France, where, thanks to a 10 per cent Muslim minority, “French people say they are strangers in their own country”. Violence flows from sizeable Muslim minorities as surely as breathing, apparently. But “if there is only 1 or 2 per cent they don’t dare to do it â€¦ they are drowned in the environment of non-Muslims and are better behaved”.
Sometimes a statement is so manifestly boneheaded it is difficult to know whether or not it is worthy of a response. So it is with Israeli’s unsolicited social commentary. “Greeks or Italians or Jews don’t use violence,” he blundered, as though the Mafia had never existed, and Revolutionary Struggle, an active Greek terrorist group, had not claimed responsibility for bombing the US embassy in Athens last month. Israeli either forgets or omits Dr Robert J. Goldstein, the American Jew convicted for plotting to blow up a Muslim educational centre with the stated aim being to “Kill all ‘rags’ â€” ZERO residual presence â€” maximum effect”. The capitals are Goldstein’s.
But stupidity can sometimes be dangerous, and one suspects Israeli’s comments are a case in point. Federal Liberal MP Bruce Baird was moved to issue a strong press release, denouncing them as “racist” and “obscene”. The Australia/Israel Jewish Affairs Council saw fit to repudiate them and cancel planned events featuring Israeli. The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies was more equivocal. It denounced the remarks on Friday, but the next day defended them in a letter to The Sydney Morning Herald, claiming Israeli had been misunderstood, Hilali-style.
Israeli’s comments matter because they are not as marginal as they are mad. His latest book, The Third Islamic Invasion of Europe, argues that an increasing Muslim demographic in Europe threatens that continent’s political and cultural integrity. “Every European with a right mind has every reason to be frightened,” he told The Jerusalem Post in January. This is an unoriginal appropriation of the “Eurabia” conspiracy thesis of Jewish writer Bat Ye’or: that Europe is evolving into a post-Judeo-Christian civilisation increasingly subjugated to the jihadi ideology of Muslim migrants.
In Europe, prominent intellectuals such as the historian Martin Gilbert have given this theory enthusiastic endorsement. In the US, it enjoys the ardent advocacy of public figures like Daniel Pipes, who has argued that the US should consider the internment of American Muslims as an option in the war on terror. Pipes is regularly consulted as an “expert” on Islam and Muslims, and was recently hosted in Australia by the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council.
The fundamental danger at the heart of this discourse is that it is incapable of understanding Muslims as human beings. Every nuance of human psychology to which we refer when understanding criminal or antisocial behaviour is suddenly deemed irrelevant.
Thus, the children of North African migrants who rioted in Paris in 2005 are understood solely as expressing their religious bigotry. Forget that the religiosity of these communities is almost non-existent. Forget that their ghettoes have formed over generations of unemployment and assimilationist exclusion from French society. The Muslim identity of the culprit explains all. They are equated with the London bombers, although their story has more in common with that of the Macquarie Fields riots that erupted in Sydney in 2005.
Such dehumanisation can be deadly. Bruce Baird asserted that Israeli exhibits “the same ideology that has underpinned the thousands of years of hatred targeted at Professor Israeli’s people, culminating in the Holocaust just 65 years ago”. That is not as far-fetched as it sounds. When you deprive people of their humanity, anything is possible. Today, we have Efraim Eitam, an MP in Israel’s National Union-National Religious Party bloc, demanding the “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians in the West Bank. We have Rabbi Yousef Falay, who last year recommended that Israeli troops kill all Palestinian males over the age of 13 to ensure “no Palestinian individual remains under our occupation”.
Israeli would probably repudiate such views. What may not occur to him and his supporters is that he gives them their foundation.
From the Courier Mail:
Dancing with Holocaust deniers
By Terry Sweetman
February 17, 2007
A FEW months ago I visited the Terezin ghetto outside Prague in the Czech Republic.
It’s nothing spectacular in the catalogue of inhumanity. In fact, it’s a pretty ordinary little garrison town on what was once the Prussian-Austrian and later Czech-German border.
On the right day and in the right weather, and if you disregard the nearby graveyard, it could even be a pleasant little spot.
I went there because I have two friends â€“ two Jewish Australians â€“ who passed through there on a journey that few survived.
They’re in their 80s now and, in the arrogance of comparative youth, it is difficult to imagine them other than elegantly dressed, gracious, courteous and, I guess, comfortable.
Yet, they suffered almost indescribable degradation and survived one of the most appalling episodes in history. They escaped the Holocaust, came to Australia, worked, studied and nurtured a productive and thoroughly Australian family.
Terezin, also known as Theresienstadt, was not a concentration camp in the accepted meaning of the word.
But according to Holocaust survivor and author Ruth Kluger, it was “the stable that supplied the slaughterhouse”.
The slaughterhouse was the dark domain of the extermination camps in the east â€“ most infamously Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Of the 139,667 Jews who were sent to Terezin, about 34,396 died there. Another 86,934 were sent to the east and, according to one account, only 3586 survived.
Among those who died in the Holocaust were just about the entire family â€“ close and extended â€“ of my friends. They disappeared, their remains the cold ashes of the crematoria.
By virtue of their survival, my friends cannot testify to the fate of their own friends and their families.
But the weight of history and the burden of common sense, is that there was a Holocaust. There was an assembly line of industrialised murder and the systematic destruction of bodies and evidence.
There are photographs, there is film, there is meticulous Nazi documentation, there is first-hand testimony, there are ruins and â€“ most of all â€“ there are memories and the great voids of nothingness in the families of millions of Jews and other undesirables.
I have seen in half a dozen European cities the remaining evidence of the Nazi machinery of genocide.
The evidence is more solid, the collective memory larger, the documentation more thorough than that pertaining to the torment, starvation, brutality and slavery that beset Australian prisoners in the hands of Japan.
There is nothing to mark the martyrdom of slaves on the Burma-Thailand railway at Hellfire Pass except a cutting in the rock, yet we believe, because we trust the testimony of those who were there.
But still we are subjected to the putrid fantasies, conspiracies and inventions of Holocaust deniers, who dress their obsession in spurious science and carry it around the world to spin to those of similar gullibility and filled with the same hate.
The strength of the denial industry is growing in direct proportion to the fading first-hand memory of the Holocaust. As age takes it toll on those who suffered, the deniers are becoming bolder in their claims.
The web is awash with their nonsensical claims, their filth washes over into the literature and propaganda of extreme right and racist organisations, and they are courted and given strength by nations who cannot discern the difference between anti-Zionism and a crusade against truth.
And they gather around them fools and pawns who unwittingly give strength to their fevered fantasies.
Now we read that Pauline Hanson, a woman in search of relevance and a pay cheque, is to share a platform with a prominent Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi activist.
She will be a special guest at the Inverell Forum, a song-and-dance session for extremists, along with Richard Krege, whose speciality is bringing dodgy science into the so-called denial debate.
He recently attended the notorious Holocaust Conference in Tehran, an Iranian Government-sponsored denial talkfest, along with the equally hateful and discredited Fredrick Toben.
Krege’s speciality is using ground-penetrating radar to prove that Treblinka was not a death camp and, therefore, a large chunk of the Holocaust history is bunkum.
Toben likes defiling the ruins of Auschwitz in pursuit of his claims that it was all a scam.
Together, they trot out a scale model of Auschwitz to prove, I dunno, that they can build scale models.
They are vandals of history but, if you don’t know the truth or don’t care for the truth, they can be dangerously persuasive.
It is an important time in our history when we must forever cement the memory and the lessons of the Holocaust and stand up to those who would chip them away.
Nobody in public life â€“ and that includes Ms Hanson â€“ should give credibility to these noxious deniers of truth by sharing a platform, a room or even a thought with them.
If she persists in giving comfort to these people, she is either a fool or a scoundrel. I prefer to think she is a fool.
From the NZ Herald:
Teacher promoting conspiracies investigated
Sunday February 18, 2007
By Stephen Cook
A prominent Auckland school is investigating claims one of its history teachers has been promoting wild conspiracy theories in the classroom – including denials around the lunar landing and the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
A Jewish family has lodged a complaint with Takapuna Grammar School about history and social sciences teacher Kirsty Gillon, the wife of former Alliance MP Grant Gillon. The complaint follows claims from Year 10 students that Gillon told them in class that:
The Apollo Moon landing was an elaborate hoax filmed in Area 51 and that astronaut Neil Armstrong was a fictitious character invented to deceive the masses.The number of Jews killed in the Holocaust had been exaggerated. A commercial airliner did not crash into the Pentagon during the September 11 attack on the United States. Alien life forms were living on Earth.
Gillon told the Herald on Sunday she was merely trying to promote “critical thinking” among her students.
Academics have condemned the practice of offering conspiracy theories for the purpose of promoting critical thinking. They say these types of theories have no place in any learning environment.
Dean of Education at the University of Auckland John Langley said he found Gillon’s actions “quite disturbing” and believed she “needed to be spoken to and counselled very strongly”.
Principal Simon Lamb said he had had a brief discussion with Gillon, but had yet to talk to students in her Year 10 class.
“There are obvious differences in interpretation which I need to investigate further,” he said. He had told Gillon not to comment further until the matters had been fully looked into.
John Hunter, an American of Jewish heritage, lodged a complaint with Takapuna Grammar on Friday after hearing of Gillon’s conspiracy theories from his 14-year-old daughter Rachel, a student in her social studies class.
He said Gillon’s theories around the lunar landing, 9/11 and the Holocaust were “scary and narrow-minded” and had no place in any classroom.
Hunter was shocked when told by his daughter that Gillon had questioned the number of Jews killed during World War II.
“These types of remarks condemn everyone involved with the Holocaust to die a second time round. When you deny it, you commit the crime all over again,” he said.
He added that Gillon’s theory NASA had filmed the Apollo moon landing was simply ridiculous. Last week Gillon played her Year 10 students a television documentary supporting these claims and then asked students whether they now believed the 1969 Nasa mission was a hoax. Most of the class said they did.
Students said Gillon told them she believed the lunar landing was filmed in Area 51, the area in Nevada synonymous with UFO conspiracy theories. She also claimed Neil Armstrong was a fictitious character. However even more far-fetched, claimed Hunter, was Gillon’s assertion there could be alien life forms on Earth. The Teachers Council code of ethics states that teachers “must present subject matter from an informed and balanced viewpoint”.
Said Langley: “Teachers don’t have the right to make stuff up as they go along. That’s not to say they can’t pose interesting questions around history, but you step over the line when you claim, as she has in the case of the lunar landing, that that was the way it was.”
New Zealand History Teachers Association representative Bruce Taylor said history teachers had to reflect the “prevailing historical consensus” – and her views on the lunar landing, 9/11 and the Holocaust were not accepted by the vast majority of historians. And while he agreed with “critical thinking”, in no way should students be presented with “way out extreme views” as a means of encouraging that.
Students have posted comments about Gillon on the ratemyteacher website. One said, while Gillon “does really care about what she is teaching”, she did present “a bit too many conspiracy theories, rather than actual facts”.