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Crikey! What’s all this Ustasha nonsense?

From Crikey:

The neo-nazi big night out that never happened
Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Cam Smith writes:

Melbourne’s sporting world has had some unfortunate run-ins with racism in the last year. The attack on Menachem Vorchheimer by a group of Ocean Grove footballers (one of whom was later awarded ‘best and fairest’ by the club) on October 14 last year got things started and McKinnon Cricket Club kept the ball rolling when a number of their players made anti-Semitic comments on Facebook around August (the club expelled a number of players and the Victorian Turf Cricket Association suspended others).

Now, Melbourne Knights Stadium in the multicultural suburb of Sunshine has scored a racially vilifying hat trick by playing host to a neo-Nazi concert on Saturday night. In a political climate which could be charitably described as ‘racially tense’, this was probably not a good thing.

News brief · 17 October 2007

Liberal figures party like it’s 1941

From Crikey.com.au:

Oops. Coonan attends neo-Nazi celebration …
Anti-racism campaigner Cam Smith writes:

The Jewish and Croatian communities of Australia are, according to a report in today’s Australian Jewish News, angry and outraged that Communications Minister Helen Coonan, Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and NSW Upper House MP David Clarke attended a commemoration of Croatia’s inglorious independence on 10 April:

The Howard Government has been embarrassed by the appearance of a cabinet minister at a Croatian independence function linked to a murderous neo-Nazi regime.

Jewish groups are outraged at Communications Minister Helen Coonan’s attendance at the Sydney commemoration earlier this month, which marked Croatia’s independence following the fascist Ustase regime’s rise to power during World War II.

Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and NSW Upper House MP David Clarke were also guests at the April 10 event, held at the Croatian Club in Punchbowl.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (NSWJBD) CEO Vic Alhadeff described the celebration as “offensive� to Australians, while it is understood Croatian embassy officials are also angered at the involvement of a senior government minister.

News brief · 30 April 2007

Coonan attends fascist bash

A wee tip to Senator Coonan – if David “Taliban” Clarke invites you out for a night on the town… don’t bloody go. Jeez, it’s not rocket science.

From the AJN:

Coonan appearance at Croatian function causes furore
Jason Frenkel

THE Howard Government has been embarrassed by the appearance of a cabinet minister at a Croatian independence function linked to a murderous neo-Nazi regime.

Jewish groups are outraged at Communications Minister Helen Coonan’s attendance at the Sydney commemoration earlier this month, which marked Croatia’s independence following the fascist Ustase regime’s rise to power during World War II.

Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and NSW Upper House MP David Clarke were also guests at the April 10 event, held at the Croatian Club in Punchbowl.

News brief · 26 April 2007

Clarke attending Ustase shindigs at the Punchie Cro club?

From the SMH

Clarke accused of recruiting anti-Semites for Liberals
By Paola Totaro and Robert Wainwright
September 8, 2005

Twenty-seven years ago David Clarke was photographed at a function organised by a group linked with sympathisers of Ustashi, the notorious far-right Croatian militia group.

Mr Clarke insists he had no idea who organised the event.

News brief · 8 September 2005