POLL: Do you think the Reclaim Australia Rally is racist?

READERS have been having a heated debate on The Bulletin and on Facebook this morning about whether or not the Reclaim Australia Rally planned for this weekend is racist.

Do you think the Reclaim Australia Rally events are promoting racism?

This poll ended on 10 April 2015.

Yes - 26%

No - 73%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Jeff Crager -  I find it ridiculous that people are up in arms over the non existent threat that Muslims are to our way of life and that they are actually out rallying about it.
What about the real threat that hydraulic fracking is bringing to Australia? Why aren't they up in arms and rallying about that?
It is only endangering the massive underground water supply that most farmers and land holders rely on for a living and we rely on for food.
That is a bigger threat to our way of life than any imagined religious threat.

Jenifer Price - I think it is very unAustralian. Being multicultural is part of our culture!

Ben Dickenson - Never mind the long history of racial clashes starting with the fighting between the English settlers and the Irish Catholic immigrants. History would indicate this is very Australian.

Read more Facebook comments here:

Organisers of Saturday's Reclaim Australia Rally are expecting more than 200 people to attend the event, planned for...

Posted by The Morning Bulletin on Monday, March 30, 2015

6am: AN EXPERT in nationalism says a rally planned for Rockhampton this weekend is an example of "new racism" in practice.

Organisers of Saturday's Reclaim Australia Rally are expecting more than 200 people to attend the event, planned for Rockhampton's Central Park.

Organisers said the rally would be "peaceful" and was open to "all Australians".

Islamic Society of CQ responds to Reclaim Australia Rally

A website for the national event said its aims included stopping enforcement of Sharia law, ban Halal certification, encourage pride in the Australian flag and anthem at school, ban the teaching of Islam in public schools and ban the burqa and head coverings.

The event is part of a nation-wide campaign, with rallies planned in capital cities and regional centres including Mackay and Hervey Bay.

The website states the rallies are "being used to show the people of Australia we have had enough of minorities not fitting in and trying to change our Australian cultural identity".

Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow yesterday said a permit application that had been lodged for the rally was still under consideration.

Det Insp Shadlow said people who attended any rally had to follow the conditions of the permit.

Dr Peter Gale from the University of South Australia said events like the Reclaim Australia Rally sought to tap into underlying fears around immigration.

He said there had been a shift in racism from superiority and inferiority to who "belongs" and who doesn't.

Dr Gale said "new racism" was defined as excluding some groups from a nation.

Although Sharia law was expressed by the organisers of the rallies as an issue they wanted to address, Dr Gale said there was no risk of it being enforced in mainstream Australia.

Likewise, he said there was no risk to Australia's cultural traditions from Muslims.

Dr Gale said events like the Reclaim Australia Rally often came from a lack of understanding and lack of experience.

Topics:  editors picks racism rally reclaim australia

Crime scenes at two CQ schools with 'suspicious' fires

A building at Biloela State High School was totally destroyed in a fire last night.

Top level of the building was "totally destroyed”

UPDATE: Rocky's $5.4M bid 'not about the money' says Ludwig

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow

Rocky Council tabled bid to buy three suburbs

Get set for a wet weekend

Wet weather is on the way for the region this weekend.

RAINFALL is predicted for the Rockhampton region over the weekend.

Local Partners

Youths given the power to choose

It can be hard for disengaged youths to choose the right path when they come to a fork in the road, but Project Booyah is sending them in the right direction.

Your chance to win

Learn More

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to entertainment and events this weekend

AWARD WINNING SHOW: Tequila Mockingbird can be seen at St Brednan's College, Yeppoon on Saturday.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

Garage Sale Trail finds treasure in trash

Richard Morvell from Trendy Trash Rockhampton, Cr Neil Fisher, and Craig Dunglison, Manager of Rockhampton Regional Waste and Recycling gear up for Garage Sale Trail.

Bargains galore on offer at garage sales this weekend

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track