Al Jazeera versus One Nation in Australia with the NRA

There’s a few things of concern (for Australia) in this story.

Al Jazeera:  How to sell a massacre: NRA’s playbook revealed

How do you respond to a deadly mass shooting if you are a gun rights advocate?

First, “Say nothing.” If media queries persist, go on the “offence, offence, offence”. Smear gun-control groups. “Shame them” with statements such as – “How dare you stand on the graves of those children to put forward your political agenda?”

This was the advice the US’s most powerful gun lobby gave Australia’s One Nation party, according to an Al Jazeera investigation, when representatives of the Australian far-right group sought guidance from the National Rifle Association (NRA) on loosening the Pacific country’s strict gun laws.

The NRA’s playbook on mass shootings came to light during the course of a three-year undercover sting by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. Rodger Muller, an Australian undercover reporter who infiltrated the gun lobbies in the US and Australia, used a hidden camera to record a series of meetings between representatives of the NRA and One Nation in Washington, DC in September last year.

The secretly filmed footage provides a rare inside view of how the NRA deliberates over mass shootings and seeks to manipulate media coverage to push its pro-gun agenda.

Muller, Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter who posed as a gun-rights advocate, introduced One Nation’s Chief of Staff, James Ashby, and the leader of its Queensland branch, Steve Dickson, to the NRA, and travelled with the pair to Washington, DC last year.

Ashby and Dickson were hoping to secure up to $20m in political donations from supporters of the US gun lobby.

This suggests that One Nation went to the US NRA for advice and funding to fight gun control in Australia. Is foreign funding of Australian parties allowed? $20n with a gun lobby pay off seems alarming.

The NRA officials named in this report, One Nation, Dickson and Ashby did not respond to Al Jazeera’s requests for comment.

But since then One Nation has responded.

I’m not sure that going to court over this is a wise move by One Nation.  They may be playing the ‘any publicity is good publicity’ card, hoping to get support from a sympathetic minority, but accusing al Jazeera of ‘interfering in Australian elections’ could backfire, as it looks like they may have been trying to employ the NRA to interfere on their behalf.

2019 Australian federal election – “Based on timelines provided by the Australian Electoral Commission, the next election must be held by 18 May 2019 for half of the Senate and on or before 2 November 2019 for the House of Representatives and Territory Senators.”

Has the current Australian Government managed to last full term? The last election was in 2016. Current Prime Minister Scott Morrison took over in August 2018.



A visiting Australian MP may say something I don’t like

This sort of attack in advance, based on guesses (at best) of what someone may say in the future, is becoming common:

Don’t fucking use “Free Speech” when you mean “racist bile”

At least be fucking accurate about what she is going to be doing.

I would be concerned if news media tried to be ‘accurate’ about what someone may say in the future.

Whether she speaks or not does not change the fact she is not speaking about free speech. She is a dog-whistling anti-Islam bigot. That is what she will be speaking about.

I presume Scott Milne is simply guessing, there is no way he can know in advance.

That’s just nonsense.

I have never liked Pauline Hanson as a politician, nor what she stands for.

But I have serious concerns about trying to shut down a visit to New Zealand of an Australian Member of Parliament, based on guesses of what she could say if she came here.

Unfortunately with the abiklity to speak freely on the Internet i think we will see more of these uninformed (they can’t see into the future) attacks on potential visitors to New Zealand.