I heard this exchange on this mornings ABC Radio AM program and immediately had recollections of the Howardian 2001 and 2004 election campaigns. It’s pure dog-whistle politics designed to trigger xenophobic reactions among the racist minorities which still harbour a dedicated fear-and-loathing attitude to Muslims in this country.
It was a destructive, divisive, non-productive tactic then, and it remains so today. For mine, it’s a sign of small minds encouraging even smaller minds. I’m surprised and frankly disappointed that Joe Hockey should choose to employ it.