CANBERRA - A new Australian party launched on Monday, February 11, with an anti-multicultural, pro-Christian, anti-Muslim platform, announcing its plans to stand against political correctness' to Keep Australia Australian'.
Rise Up Australia Party, which is committed to keeping Australia for Australians, is utterly and completely opposed to multiculturalism, Rise Up Australia's founder Daniel Nalliah told SBS on Monday, February 11.
The party, launched by a Sri Lankan migrant, runs on an anti-multiculturalism platform.
Defending assimilation, that message has the backing of international figures.
If you come here, then follow Pastor Danny's example and enjoy it and celebrate it and do not seek to destroy it, said Christopher Monckton from the UK Independence Party.
With a minor support of about 1500 members around the country, the party plans to draw more support in the upcoming federal elections.
It will be putting forward 52 candidates in the Lower House and a dozen in the Senate in the upcoming federal election.
Calling for the end of a Multicultural Australia', the party's leader was determinant to stand against political correctness' to Keep Australia Australian'.
We must now take a stand for our nation or our children and grandchildren will pay a heavy price to re-take what we have lost, Nalliah said in a media release last Friday.
We cannot and must not miss this opportunity. The 2013 federal election is an opportunity we cannot miss as the people have lost hope in our politicians in Canberra.
We can bring back hope, get rid of dishonest politicians and be the voice of the people in parliament.
Copying the European far-right parties' anti-immigrant agenda, the party's leader has come under fire in the past for anti-Islamic comments, which he repeated today.
True Muslims are radicals, unfortunately, he said.
If they practice the Qur'an, they're radicals.
If elected, Rise Up wants to restrict the number of Muslims calling Australia 'home'.
The anti-Muslim message was finding appeal among the far-right party's supporters, becoming concerned about what they claim is the Islamification of Australia.
If we're not careful, we're going to lose this country, said a supporter.
I don't want to see Shari`ah Law in Australia, said another.
The anti-Muslim message angered many Australian Muslims who denied any plans to impose Islamic law in Australia.
Nobody wants to impose Shari`ah law in Australia, I mean, far from it, Ikebal Patel, the president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said.
That's the last thing that anybody wants to do.
Muslims, who have been in Australia for more than 200 years, make up 1.7 percent of its 20-million population.
Islam is the country's second largest religion after Christianity.