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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Howard won’t denounce racist use of flag

Well, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise. He never conceded that the race riots were racist (even though the mob of drunk white people were deliberately attacking anyone that looked remotely of Arab or Mediterranean descent). Now he won’t criticise the racists for draping themselves in the Australian flag while going on their racist rampage. That’s just fantastic.

Though, there is support from an unlikely place:

PM, Costello differ over flag use
"The Australian flag represents the nation, it represents what is good about our nation and it is not something to be wrapped around as you are battering somebody in the street," Mr Costello told ABC radio today.

"I actually think that is a desecration of the Australian flag.

"The Australian flag should unite, it should not divide the Australian public."
Unfortunately, Costello agrees with Howard that there is no racist problem in Australia.

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