It’s easy to get caught up in politics, especially at election time. A sense of hurry and importance changes how decisions are otherwise made.
However, this isn’t an excuse for racism. This is an official ALP endorsed campaign flyer targeting a Liberal candidate, Carolyn Habib, in the South Australian state election:
This is sickening, but as an ALP member, I feel a great sense of shame.
As Tory Shepherd outlines here, it is clearly designed to appeal to underlying racist attitudes. It is disgusting – no ifs, no buts. This flies in the face of what the vast majority of people in the ALP believe in but more meaningfully, undermines their passion for stamping out this type of behaviour. Multiculturalism is meant to be led from the front by politicians, instead of being undermined by racist campaign methods.
I’m sending an email to the National Secretary to express my displeasure as an ALP member (albeit from a different state). You can do the same: National.firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note: I received a reply and of course this is a state issue. You can instead contact the State Secretary of the SA ALP here: Reggie.Martin@sa.alp.org.au)