We’re forwarding the following Monash University Journalism Article by Jackson Stiles regarding Rise Up Australia Party for your interest.
The picture shows Pastor Daniel Nalliah flanked by two Israeli soldiers armed with automatic rifles – a happy snap from one of his tours of the Holy Land.
An Australian flag glints on his tiepin, another is perched in a vase of plastic flowers, and more are strewn across the many Rise Up Australia Party campaign posters in his office.
In a silky Sri Lankan accent, which breaks into Aussie twang whenever he calls you mate, he tells you his party is misunderstood.
“To be honest, I have no clue why they would call us extreme or racist. Our policies are very basic commonsense. If you look back in the ’50s, Labor and Liberal had very similar policies to us,” he says.
“I myself, being the leader and founder and national president of the party, am a black fellow, so it clearly shows that there is no racism. It’s a matter of nationalism.”
Outside the cool refuge of the party’s headquarters, the midday sun beats down savagely on Daniel’s 11-year-old Holden Commodore, doing its very best to fade the bright yellow bumper sticker that reads AUSTRALIA FOR JESUS.
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