With the arrival of the Australian Lynton Crosby the Harper campaign moves into “high gear” or should I say “high fear’. Crosby, dubbed “the wizard of Oz” for his masterminding Austrailia’s PM John Howard to four straight victories.
Also referred to as a master of “Black Arts” and “Dog Whistle” politics. These terms refer to his method of using code words that seem benign to the average ear but are intended to send veiled messages- typically racist and distasteful to target voters. An example of this is printed in the Sept. 20 Toronto Sun:
“During the 2001 campaign, Howard ministers falsely claimed that a ship full of would-be refugees had thrown children overboard in a ploy to secure asylum in Australia.
The false story played to the Howard campaign’s hard line on migrants, with the slogan: “We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.”
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