Toowoomba, WPCA, Fraser and PYL recap

A nice recap on recent events from The Australian.

Neo-Nazis target refugees
By Greg Roberts
July 23, 2005

RIGHT-WING extremists in Australia with strong ties to the international neo-Nazi movement are targeting refugees from Africa in a new race-hate campaign.

A group called the White Pride Coalition has established a cell in the Queensland city of Toowoomba, where 750 Sudanese refugees have been resettled.

One family was forced to leave its home after being harassed, and people have been pelted with rotten eggs and potatoes.

The campaign is being stepped up as Macquarie University in Sydney considers disciplinary action against public law associate professor Andrew Fraser, who this week lent it his support by claiming Africans were a crime risk because they had low IQs and high testosterone levels.

Professor Fraser has admitted links with another extremist group, the Patriotic Youth League, which is believed to be responsible for a sticker and poster campaign targeting African students on the University of Newcastle campus in New South Wales.

Professor Fraser said he would not resile from his opposition to African refugees.

“There are substantial risks associated with their settlement in terms of increased levels of violence,” he told The Weekend Australian.

The Patriotic Youth League welcomed Professor Fraser’s support.

Patriotic Youth League spokesman Luke Connors, who has conducted an online poll asking whether “abbos, curry munchers, wogs or chinks” are the most troublesome minority, said it added authority to the group’s views.

“The fact is that the Africans have a culture of tribalism and violence that we don’t want,” Mr Connors said.

He said he had been in contact with the White Pride Coalition but, although they had similar goals, they were working separately. The White Pride Coalition could not be contacted for comment.

Australia resettled 8320 African refugees in 2003-04, including 6147 from southern Sudan, which has been ravaged by civil war between Christian separatists and the Muslim government in Khartoum.

About 5000 Sudanese were admitted to Australia last year, and most humanitarian visas to be issued this year will be granted to Sudanese.

The Catholic Church has lodged a complaint with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission about the activities of the White Pride Coalition in Toowoomba.

Material being distributed in Toowoomba and the nearby town of Crows Nest includes brochures describing white women as the “world’s most endangered species”.

Mark Copland, the church’s social justice commission chairman, said families had had rocks and other missiles hurled at their homes and racist material put in their letterboxes.

One family in the suburb of Harristown was persecuted so much it was hounded from its home.

“These people have been through so much that they shouldn’t have to put up with this,” Mr Copland said.

Sudanese community leader Angelo Geng said that as well as having the rotten eggs and potatoes hurled at them, refugees in Toowoomba were regularly abused verbally.

However, Mr Geng said the Toowoomba community was overwhelmingly supportive of the newcomers. “It can be hurtful of course, but this is only a minority of people doing these things.”

Anti-racist campaigner Mat Henderson-Hau said the campaign against African refugees had also focused on Blacktown and Parramatta in western Sydney.

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