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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:14 PM

Doors slamming on anti-Islam MP (Australia)


CHIP LE GRAND From: The Australian February 18, 2013 12:00AM

Member of The Q Society of Australia, Andrew Horwood, Debbie Robinson and Susan Horwood in Melbourne yesterday. Picture: David Geraghty Source: The Australian

DEBBIE Robinson measures freedom of speech by the number of hotels and other venues that have agreed, then abruptly refused, to provide a stage for anti-Islamic Dutch MP Geert Wilders on his Australian speaking tour.

As deputy president of the Q Society, the Australian group hosting Mr Wilders in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney this week, Ms Robinson reckons the latest count is about 30. Most cite damage to their reputation, others the potential damage to walls and windows from protesters. "We are afraid we may offend people," she said. "It is this huge fear factor."

As recently as Friday night, the venue where Mr Wilders was booked to speak in Melbourne tomorrow night called Ms Robinson to cancel. Another venue has been found but the location will not be announced until 7pm today, 24 hours before the speech.

The Q Society is still trying to find a hotel in Sydney willing to make available a room for a press conference on Friday.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:34 PM

1. I can't read the entire story unless I pay money to The Australian.

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Response to Fortinbras Armstrong (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:40 PM

2. I got the full story the first time, but now the link leads me to a sign in page as well.

Sorry about that.

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:40 PM

3. Here's the Q society introductory 'manifesto,' very short read:

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do no g o there virus on link says dimbear from the casino in the next town down the highway. apologies if anyone else encounters problems.

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Response to dimbear (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:23 AM

4. I went to the main page of the Q Society at

http://qsociety.org.au/ and had no problems with viruses. I did have problems with the virulent Islamaphobia -- they are against Halal, for some unspecified reason.

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