What might be thought more puzzling is the presence of non-Muslim sections of those societies who have taken up the Palestinian cause and become apologists for Hamas. In the case of Australia, this view is just one of a set of doctrines held by a segment of society that I termed, in a Spectator Australia article of some years ago, the ‘ten percent’ — a group that roughly corresponded to the Green electoral vote and the Green edge of Labor, although the Teal vote might now have to be added to these numbers.
It should be noted, however, that the influence of this group is considerably greater than the proportion of their vote at elections. They dominate the staff of universities and most cultural institutions.
Most significantly, their views are largely reflected in the publications of the ABC, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age, the Guardian, the Saturday Paper, the Monthly, the New Daily, and Crikey. Their influence is also reflected in the conduct of the boards of many public and private corporations who, while not necessarily holding the same opinions, are reluctant to incur the hostility of this vociferous and highly-organised section of the community. …
The ten percent are determined to depict Australia as a deeply racist society, even though the history of the post-war years has been the acceptance of huge numbers of immigrants from almost every part of the globe and the almost complete absence of any conflicts between these groups and the Anglo-Celtic inhabitants who comprised most of Australian society prior to these new arrivals.
On the domestic front the ten percent, who are almost invariably quite affluent, have no need to concern themselves with sordid questions of economic policy. They place no value on the mining sector and this kind of view may be reflected in a Lowy Institute poll of last year that indicated that more than half of the electorate supported the reduction of coal exports and the banning of new coal mines — this in a country that is the world’s largest coal exporter and where export earnings from mining exceeded all other sectors of the economy.
Because the ten percent largely live close to the centre of the country’s largest cities, they are in no danger of encountering a migrant, whether legal or illegal. Which is no doubt why they can effectively support a policy of open borders with general entry for illegal immigrants who are not prepared to be part of the authorised programs for immigration and refuge quotas that have always existed in Australia.
Although they are keen to maximise their vote in elections, the ten percent in fact have no commitment to the system of parliamentary democracy. They are strong proponents of a bill of rights at both the state and federal level because they believe that many social, economic, and political decisions will be better dealt with by unelected judges rather than by elected parliamentarians, despite the latter being accountable to the electorate in a way that courts are not. For the same reason they consider that international agencies, like the United Nations, should be able to impose their view of Australian conditions on an elected Australian government.
The quasi-religious fervour with which the ten percent hold these views has resulted in a complete intolerance for any contrary opinions. In the spirit of the Inquisition the truth lies in their doctrines and any alternatives proffered, being in error, have no right to be heard and must in fact be suppressed.