Pasquarelli’s purple piece

Beyond his notoriety, it is difficult to understand why The Australian chose to publish John Pasquarelli’s purple piece on multiculturalism (“Once here, they can cause a lot of trouble”, 19/2).

His fanciful digest of its history makes no attempt at balance or accuracy, including his claim that his estranged former boss Pauline Hanson “gave the mainstream a voice”: she received only rump support even at her peak.

But where he becomes downright venomous is his talk of “dangerous ethnic ghettoes that were once white working-class suburbs” and “ethnic criminals who are the direct product of multiculturalism”. As he does not and cannot produce any evidence of a connection between crime and a particular cultural group, this is simple vilification unworthy of publication.

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