A poisonous cloud of intolerance is descending on Australia. Xenophobia and racism, including institutional racism, have long been features of Australian society but these blights are worsening with encouragement coming from the highest levels of government.
Progressive Australians need to face some disturbing possibilities in the current political situation and stand firm on the principles of inclusiveness and solidarity.
In Europe the trend is clearer. Thugs from neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn roam the streets of Greece beating immigrants and activists from the political left.