Thursday August 17, 2006, 6:30am WST
For Immediate Release
"West Australian Federal Member for O'Connor Wilson Tuckey has seriously disgraced himself by measuring Somalian and Sudanese refugees with a "Aryan purity" yardstick, he has shown that he is unfit to be a representative under the Crown, and he should immediately resign," WA Rights group Project SafeCom said this morning.
"Comments in a Canberra interview last Tuesday morning with Mr Tuckey, as reported by Australian Associated Press (reprinted below), in which he praised Australia's annual refugee intake, by commenting that even though Somalian and Sudanese refugees were not purely of Aryan stock, Australia still allows them in the country as refugees, place him amongst the lowest of racial typifiers, right amongst the ghouls that occupied the madhouse of the world's most disgusting racial classification of the persecuting Nazi's that overran Europe with their racial fanaticism, and he should immediately resign," spokesman Jack H Smit said.
"It is because of people that held views and expressed opinions such as those Mr Tuckey apparently holds, that the world saw the extermination of six million Jews, and that the world also saw the birth of the UN Refugee Convention," Mr Smit said. "Mr Tuckey in these remarks shows he wants to belong to the chief persecutors of the western world, and for an MP in Federal government his views are entirely intolerable."
"In addition to his immediate resignation the Prime Minister should demand from him, Mr Tuckey should also be subject to a formal complaint by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, and we have passed on the report with his comments to the Federal and the West Australian Race Discrimination Commissioners at HREOC and the WA Equal Opportunity Commission yesterday," Mr Smit concluded.
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Tuckey still swinging at ALP
By Nick Butterly
August 15, 2006 11:23am
Article from: AAP
MAVERICK Liberal backbencher Wilson Tuckey was a model of restraint when he fronted the media outside Parliament House this morning.
His effort today was a far cry from last week when he clashed with Labor leader Kim Beazley over controversial immigration laws, calling the alternative prime minister a "fat so-and-so" after being told by the Opposition Leader to take his tablets.
But today Mr Tuckey was still swinging, telling reporters that at least Liberal members were free to vote as their conscience dictated but Labor members risked expulsion for doing so.
"Remember they (Labor) have a simple rule, and that simple rule is if you don't do what Kim says you get expelled from the party," Mr Tuckey said.
"I would say if you could interview each and every Labor member on the same basis there would be a considerable mixture of views (on the immigration amendments) had the matter gone to a conscience vote.
"But they don't have conscience votes very often in the Labor Party because, as I said, they sign up for preselection promising never, never to oppose the decision of their caucus."
Mr Tuckey said Papuan refugees could always flee to Papua New Guinea and apply for United Nations protection there if they were being persecuted.
"They (the Papuans) have an alternate route and that is to cross over into Papua New Guinea. We are not necessarily the first point of call," Mr Tuckey said.
If Papuans' claims of persecution were correct, the United Nations would treat them as they do refugees in other parts of the world.
"And, of course, we would extend to them the same generosity we do to the other 13,000 refugees we accept each year and some, for your opinion, coming from Somalia or Sudan, could hardly be identified as pure Aryan stock or something could they, we take those people."