Concurrent with the controversy of Geert Wilders’ tour of Australia, the organisers and sponsors of this event have become objects of media attention, which has led many to ask the question, who are the Q?
They are the Q Society of Australia, a conservative, non-profit association, known (more widely now) for its criticism of Islam and the negative impact of Islamic immigration on Australia.
In their criticisms, they have focused on what they have seen as the inability of Muslims to integrate into Western society. Their campaigns have focused patricularly on what they have seen as the construction of an excessive number of mosques in Australia and the imposition of Halal food onto non-Muslims.
Although the Q Society espouses views and rhetoric on Islam that are characteristically far right, the society holds moderate views on many issues, including but not limited to: friendly relations with Israel, respect for Australian indigenous culture, being open to multiculturalism and even an acceptance amongst its members for gay marriage.
They have sought to position themselves as defenders of Australian values, highlighting their belief in the equality of men and women, a fair go for everyone and the belief that Australian society should remain firmly based on the principles of Western democracy.
In trying to defend these values, they have acted under the pretence of being open to all people, including Muslims but with the firm belief that radical Islam should be no more tolerated in a freedom-loving country than Communism or Fascism.
Though small at present and currently staffed by only volunteers, the Q Society seeks to establish a firm foothold in every state and territory in Australia, with the mission of educating Australians about the dangers of the potential threat of radical Islam in Australia and the impact that it will have on our way of life.