PM’s Michael Towke Lebanese Moslem row: The Project host Jan Fran says Australia ‘full of racists’
The project’s host, Jan Fran, has unleashed an explosive attack on Prime Minister Scott Morrison, labeling Australia as ‘full of racists’.
The TV host lashed out in the wake of the spat over the prime minister allegedly using a political rival’s Lebanese descent as a weapon against him in a pre-selection battle.
When Mr Morrison competed with Michael Towke to become the Liberal candidate in Cook’s South Sydney seat in 2007, he was accused of trying to defame Mr Towke by saying he was a Lebanese Muslim.
Now Ms Fran, 36, who is Australian-Lebanese, says from the line that ‘racism is alive and well in politics’.
The project’s host, Jan Fran, has unleashed an explosive attack on Prime Minister Scott Morrison, labeling Australia as ‘full of racists’
The 15-year-old charges were revived last week when Liberal Senator Connie Fierravanti-Wells was dumped on the prime minister during her farewell address in parliament, rekindling the feud and calling Mr Morrison a “bully and an autocrat”.
Over the weekend, it was revealed that Mr Towke made a legally binding legal statement in 2016 accusing the Prime Minister of “racial defamation” during the pre-selection race.
Mr Morrison is said to have told locals in the constituency that no Lebanese would be able to hold the seat after the Cronulla race riots in 2005, and reportedly spread the rumor that Mr Towke was a Muslim. Mr. Towke is a Maronite Catholic.
Mr Towke added over the weekend: ‘I stand by the statements I have made in my legal statement.
“Of the many derogatory tactics used to strip me of my pre-selection win for Morrison, racial slurs were central and he was directly involved.”
Michael Towke issued a legally binding statement in 2016 accusing the Prime Minister of ‘racial defamation’ during the pre-selection race
Mr Morrison has strenuously denied all claims as categorically false and has said he would sign a legal statement saying just that.
On Sunday, Ms Fran took to Instagram and Twitter to launch a frontal assault on the Prime Minister and Australians, in a message that began: ‘Strap in, babes!’
She labeled the fight as almost comical, because Lebanese can tell a person’s religion and their village by their last name.
“But lack of nuance is the least of our concerns here,” she wrote, before treating the denied charge against Mr Morrison as fact.
The pregnant mother-to-be labeled Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s previous visits to Lebanese Catholic Churches in Adelaide and the Punchbowl in Sydney as disingenuous attempts to win votes
Morrison seems to believe that being a Muslim is so terrible that he can use it to ruin someone’s reputation. He can use it as a weapon. A smear!
And worse than that, it’s effective. We all know what this says about our country and its leadership, but I’ll explain.
“We are full of racists and there are people who want to take advantage of that.”
The pregnant mother-to-be has labeled previous visits by the prime minister to Lebanese Catholic Churches in Adelaide and the Punchbowl in Sydney as disingenuous attempts to win votes.
“Let me tell you what ethnic minorities have known in this country since forever,” she wrote.
“The powers that be (and it’s not just Morrison) will use you when it’s politically appropriate.
‘The solidarity, appreciation, respect they show is always, ALWAYS conditional. They will turn a dime.
She added: “They will come to your church and raving about the ‘deep appreciation’ they have for your heritage.
“And then they use that same legacy—which they value so much—to throw you under the bus as quickly as possible.”
“The next time politicians come to your church or mosque or community organization with a camera (or not)… take it with the greatest possible grain of salt.”
The outburst was liked more than 4,000 times on Instagram and many comments agreed with her.
“Instead of having representation from our ACTUAL community, he eliminates the competition who is basically a Lebanese Maronite, and then breaks bread with his people,” one wrote.
“And because we’re looking for any kind of representation, any sign of acceptance… we’ll take it.
“You can’t be said to be of any particular religion. What is that again?! The better man didn’t win because he was sabotaged, like many of us who were said to be Middle Eastern.
‘Just look at my eyebrows honey, the rumors are true. I’m furious. Thanks for sharing Jan means so much to give a hoot. A big honk from the Middle East!’