August 06, 2005 | Graham

Redneck Radio

The best thing about Graeme Gilbert is that he spells “Grayam” differently from the way that I spell it. He’s using my name and he’s wearing it out.This man is as big a threat to our way of life as the Islamo-fascists he criticises.
I subjected myself to at least an hour of Gilbert’s bile last night as I travelled the coastal road from Grafton to Coff’s Harbour. Caller after caller rang up to tell us what a threat Muslims are to our way of life. They were short on specifics. It seemed to centre around what Muslim women allegedly wore. One caller wanted to know why he had to remove his motorbike helmet when he entered a bank, but Muslim women could enter wearing a Hijab with only two eye holes cut in it.
I’ve yet to hear of a bank held up by hijab wearing Islamic women, but to Graeme it was sufficient proof that Islamiscists could take over the country “without firing a shot”.
He declared that wearing the hijab was “unhealthy”. Why? Well, you could ask any doctor, apparently. Actually, it was to do with the risk of a Vitamin D deficiency. You need sunlight to generate Vitamn D in your body, and so obviously these women would be Vitamin D deficient.
Thank God for the Aussie tan which makes us not like these other unhealthy people. Melanomas before hijabs any day.
60 years after the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Graeme is witness to the fact that fascist tendencies lie in even the most peaceful and civilised of societies.
Gilbert declared that when Muslims are in our house, they should abide by our laws. That apparently means they should be just like us. No deviant dress thanks very much.
I’ve always loved the Sikh temple at Woolgoolga, north of Coff’s Harbour. To find this exotic piece of religious veneration in the middle of a dinki-di stretch of Australian bush has always said a lot to me about Australians’ broad and generous views of life. Listening to the Gilbert sewage and then driving past the temple put it in a different light.
For me it is a celebration of diversity. For people like Graeme, diversity is fine, as long as you behave just like the rest of us.
What distressed me most about Gilbert was that barely anyone rang in (it was talkback) to challenge him. They should have. I’d like to think if I hadn’t been driving, I would have. Not to abuse him, although he probably deserves it, but to show him up for the fool that he is.
Yesterday the Prime Minister was proposing tougher laws for those who advocate terrorism. Those laws won’t work. Arresting the perpetrators will only make their message stronger to those who want to hear it. The only answer to terrorism is to reassert our beliefs. Which is why John Howard ought to pay more attention to people like Graeme Gilbert. And why we all should pay more attention to people like him.
By asserting an exclusionary version of what it is to be an Australian they weaken our ability to oppose a curative world view to that of the fanatics.
If I have an opportunity next time I hear Gilbert, I’ll ring him up to put him straight. You should think about it too. He’s on the “Super Radio Network”. (I doubt whether they’ve heard about Nietsche or his concept of the Superman, but it fits). Ring him up and give him a good purgative. There’s not much I recognise as unAustralian, but he fits the bill. Oh, and keep sending those white feathers to Jason Gillespie.

Posted by Graham at 10:03 pm | Comments (7) |
Filed under: Australian Politics


  1. Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

    Departed NSW Premier Bob Carr made a strong bid for the most fatuous juxtaposition of the year when he said “your civil liberty not to have your bag searched is outweighed by my right not to be blown up when I travel on public transport.”…

    Comment by Senator Andrew Bartlett — August 7, 2005 @ 7:33 pm

  2. Graham – awesome article today.
    The one thing i love about the blogsphere is my ability to keep learning. I feel embaressed to admit i’ve never heard of Nietsche but after some googling ( and i won’t be caught out feeling so ignorant in the future. They don’t teach this stuff in high school anymore (well not that private anglican school i went to anyway).

    Comment by alphacoward — August 8, 2005 @ 9:50 am

  3. I didn’t learn about it in school either, but I suspect even at University, where I did, fewer people get to hear about him nowadays than used to. Sometime I going to write about the neglect of European culture in the education system.

    Comment by Graham Young — August 8, 2005 @ 10:20 am

  4. My course at Uni was straight Science / IT so not much chance to learn about Eurpoean Culture.
    Of course, with the Romantic departments no longer viable (who would pay 50k to learn euroupean culture?) and increasingly being shutdown, there is no possibility of being educated in the classics under the new user pays – cost orientated education.

    Comment by alphacoward — August 8, 2005 @ 12:48 pm

  5. There’s nothing Nietzche couldn’t teach ya ’bout the raising of the wrist.
    Monty Python has always been there to teach me what I didn’t learn in school.

    Comment by Benno — August 9, 2005 @ 1:35 pm

  6. Sometimes I wonder about teaching Nietsche. A deranged acquaintance did an MBA at Macquarie, including the brilliantly-named “Existentialism for Managers”. He immediately recognised himself as an ubermensch, and actually used this as part of his statement in his own defence when he was subsequently pinched by ASIC. Frighteningly, it worked.

    Comment by hmmm — August 12, 2005 @ 10:40 am

  7. I’ve never heard of Graeme Gilbert, but I’m pretty sure that if I had heard his show I would agree with everything you say bar one.
    That is that Vitamin D deficiency is a very real problem, possibly as bad as melanoma on a society wide level.
    However, the solution to this is to run good education campaigns, including in relevant languages/culturally acceptable forms rather than to ban the hijab. The women can then make the choice to abandon their clothing, or take vitamin D supplements.

    Comment by Stephen L — August 12, 2005 @ 3:35 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.