Posted September 09, 2018 17:08:46 A former minister for the Australian Federal Police has been accused of using his position to promote racist messages on his car decall.
David Renton, a former head of the ACT Policing Group, is one of several high-profile figures in Canberra’s political and legal world who have been accused by a group of anti-racism groups of having used his position as a public figure to promote hate speech.
He was a member of the Parliament from 2006 to 2019 and was responsible for developing a code of conduct and guidelines for police, including for anti-discrimination laws.
A new campaign called ‘Renton: A Man For All Australians’ has launched to combat racism and anti-Semitism in Canberra and the ACT.
The group claims Mr Renton promoted racist, anti-Semitic and misogynistic messages on at least three of his decals.
In a statement on its website, the Anti-Racism Action Network (ARAN), which has called for a boycott of Mr Rennents car decalls, said the campaign had raised “serious concerns”.
“This latest accusation of racism against the former Minister is deeply disturbing,” it said.
“Mr Renton has been a public and public figure for years and his use of his position is no different.
This campaign has highlighted the troubling ways that people who are public figures have promoted hateful, racist, and sexist ideas.”
Mr Rennentes spokesman said the car decalling campaign had been started to highlight the issue and that the decal was not racist.
His office said he was a supporter of a variety of political parties, including the Liberal Party, the Australian Labor Party, and the National Party.
Mr Cockerlin, of the Anti Racial Discrimination Alliance (ARDA), said Mr Rennaets actions had been deeply troubling.
“[Mr Rennaett] is a political operative and a paid publicist for the ACT Police.
If you were to actually look at the message he sent, you’d find a lot of people are really deeply concerned by what he’s saying and it would be hard to disagree with that,” she said.