[See also the [thread=75992]Proposal[/thread] and [thread=76023]Discussion[/thread] threads related to this debate.] Definition: Australia- (the majority of the population of Australia) is a xenophobic (afraid of foreigners) nation the proper definition of xenophobic is: A person unduly afraid or contemptous of foreign things especially of foreign peoples. Pauline Hanson Pauline Hanson's one nation party and her nationalist, anglo centric ideals would not exist unless there was a significant part of the population that was xenophobic. Her initial acceptance into the Liberal party indicates that at that time, leading politicians clearly thought that she would appeal to the rural vote. Demographics, Outside of sydney, there is less of a chance that you will find heavily multicultural towns. In these close knit communities, obviously you will find that people are unduly afraid of foreigners. It is from these rural towns that most of the xenophobic voter base is formed. Riots Specifically the Cronulla riots, would not have had the response they did unless foreigners were involved. While i do not deny that youths of other ethnicities were involved and did participate in retaliatory attacks. The large scale violence was initiated at Cronulla. Normally an assault on three life savers would have earned a police arrest and jail time. but in this case it rose to mob violence. why ? because underneath all the pretense about multiculturalism, there lies a streak of xenophobia. citizenship test Australia never had a citizenship test until recently. there was no need for a citizenship test, unless it was to ensure that people could live adequately in Australia. while the idea of a citizenship test is not racist or xenophobic, the motive certainly is. Later political tactics Why would, the liberal party, and people involved in the Coalition (Liberal/national) resort to racist tactics at the last minute ? In any other country this would be condemned and the politician shunned out of the party. my point is, they would not resort to these tactics unless they felt that it would appeal to a voter base. Normally no politician would be stupid enough.. so it must be a large base, that they try to appeal to. The freeze on african immigrants, who have nothing to do with terrorists, was purely motivated by xenophobic means... by the government , which is elected by the people. for 12 years. There you go folks, my introductory post. apologies if its a little fragmented.