PM lashes 'keyboard warrior' anti-Adani protesters for Nazi comments
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lashed out at anti-Adani coal mine protesters who likened working for the Indian multinational business group to being an employee of the Nazis.
Mr Morrison was today attending a Buddhist temple in Melbourne to take part in a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Sri Lankan bombings when he was asked about the protesters.
“I find those comments abhorrent,” he told reporters, in reaction to the protesters.
“Just like I find the swastikas that have been put on Josh Frydenberg’s corflutes and on Julian Leeser’s corflutes and some of the mockery that has been made of my own faith by the union movement over in Western Australia, to be abhorrent.
“Here we are today in this beautiful place celebrating diversity of faith and cultures and to see that sort of thing going on in Australia I think is an absolute disgrace.
“What I find appalling about that is it’s not an isolated view among a lot of those protesters. Go and look at their social media contributions, you see a fair bit of that.”
The Prime Minister also slammed criticisms that have been made of his own appearance at his local Pentecostal church in Sydney’s south yesterday and called on the Greens to denounce the comments.
“There’s another one on another group who was likening my praise in my own church on the weekend to some sort of Hitler salute,” he said today.
“I mean it’s disgusting. Australians are bigger than that and I know the great majority of Australians are bigger than that.
“I think these grubs are gutless, they’re keyboards warriors in their mother’s basement trying to make heroes of themselves.
“The great Australian people are much bigger than them and I expected the Greens to completely denounce those comments and if they don’t, I can’t understand why Bill Shorten could possibly preference the Greens above the Liberal Party.
“I mean how could he do that, if the Greens will not repudiate the sort of behaviour we’re seeing from those job-stealers running around Queensland that Bill Shorten seems to be giving a wink to?”
Former Greens leader Bob Brown meanwhile hit back at media reports anti-Adani protesters compared coal miners to Nazis.
It comes after News Corp yesterday reported one of his supporters had posted remarks comparing workers to Nazis during the Holocaust in a private Facebook group.
The post read "There were jobs for locals in the gas chambers in Nazi Germany too. There is such things as a bad job".
Mr Brown said he told the reporter prior to publication that he absolutely repudiated such comments, and they had been taken down.
"I hold the Murdoch media responsible for any harmful outcome of this reportage," Mr Brown said.
"The hate media works by attacking those it disagrees with when it cannot fairly meet their point of view, especially where ethics like those of the worsening global climate emergency, are involved."
Mr Brown said individuals taking part in a convoy that has wound its way from Tasmania to the sunshine state were committed to a lawful and peaceful process.
Adani is a major issue for voters in central Queensland seats such as Capricornia and Dawson.
But the mine is much less of a factor in Brisbane, where Labor is targeting climate change-conscious voters in other marginal seats, including Peter Dutton's electorate of Dickson, which he holds by 1.7 per cent.
- with AAP
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