Chipperfield's Nasty Inflammation
Mark Chipperfield, a 'Daily Telegraph' correspondent in Sydney, has described remarks made by an Aussie politician named Danna Vale during a parliamentary debate on the proposed introduction of RU 486, a morning after pill, as 'inflammatory'.
Vale said that,
"I have read comments by a certain imam from the Lakemba mosque [in Sydney] who actually said that Australia is going to be a Muslim nation in 50 years' time," she said.
"I didn't believe him at the time, but when you actually look at the birth rate … we are aborting ourselves almost out of existence by 100,000 abortions a year. You multiply that by 50 years and that's five million potential Australians we won't have here."
At the best of times, remarks of the kind that Vale reported should certainly be a cause for concern, particularly in the aftermath of the Cronullian Civil War. The contribution made to community relations by those roistering larrikins Bilal Skaf and his chums is best left under the rug.
But the chippy Chipperfield continues by saying that,
"The inflammatory remarks upset Australia's Muslim community, which is still reeling from December's race riots, when white and Lebanese gangs fought pitched battles in the Sydney beachside suburb of Cronulla.
Keysar Trad, head of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, said Mrs Vale was trying to exploit people's ignorance of Islam. "It's just a cheap shot and it's very unfortunate," he said"
So, the Lebanese are reeling in Chipperfieldland. Presumably he thinks that the Ockers took a week of vicious rioting in their strides, just a few fun nights out down by the beach. And he makes sure he quotes Amanda Vanstone, Australia's immigration minister, to the effect that "the suggestion that people from Muslim countries might eventually outnumber native-born Australians was "completely ill-founded". "
It's unfortunate that Chipperfield didn't report that Vanstone is also the minister for multiculturalism.
It might certainly be the case that Australia will enjoy an upsurge in its non-Islamic birth-rate. The great failing of the demographic demagogue Mark Steyn's line of apparent thought is that when fulminating on the massive Islamic birth rate, he never factors in that population trends are like the value of shares - they can go down as well as up. Once the Iranian mullahs are overthrown, it is perfectly possible that that country's birth rate will sink like a stone.
However, Ms. Vanstone had best be advised to have all the relevant facts and figures at her fingertips before so casually dismissing any such claim of that kind being made by an imam.
There can be no doubt that there has been increased Islamic migration into Australia. There is no doubt that for cultural and religious reasons, the recent trend in the Islamic birth rate is that it has been higher than the non-Islamic. The mass migration of a culture with a highbirth rate into one which has not, combined with the host's multicultural refusal to demand assimilation, might just lead to the outcome predicted by Danna Vale.
Amanda Vanstone should have a word with Lord Carlile. And Mark Chipperfield's nasty inflammation seems to have affected his inner ear, causing him to lose his balance.