Consider this: What do you think would happen if word went around that Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who campaigns against both Islam and immigration, was coming back to Australia?

Last time he was here – in 2012 – he was the subject of protests and calls for a visa ban, and since then he's been convicted of hate speech directed towards Moroccans living in the Netherlands.

An uproar is predictable, surely, or at least a barney between the ratbag right and the defenders of 18C.

Now consider this: What would happen if a one-time parliamentary colleague of Wilders, a person with near-identical views but with a power base that extends from Amsterdam to Washington DC, from Fox News to Breitbart, was heading over for a lecture tour?

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