In a bid to demonstrate a bipartisan response to the Christchurch shootings the first Muslim to be elected to the Federal Parliament is producing a stage musical to raise funds for a project to combat white supremacy among Australians.
Labor Party frontbencher and Member for Chifley since 2010, Ed Husic, said his new production The Sound of Husic was aimed at bringing together people from all sides of politics to show a united front against white supremacists and anti-Muslim elements in the community.
“The Sound of Husic is loosely based on The Sound of Music,” Mr Husic said, “which itself is all about a family’s escape from white supremacists in the form of the Nazis who took over the Von Trapp family’s native Austria.
“I’ve used my producer’s right to cast myself in the role of Captain Von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer in the Academy Award-winning film.
“Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, my good Jewish friend from the other side of politics will play Maria and, quite frankly, from what I’ve seen in rehearsals he puts Julie Andrews to shame.
“MPs and Senators from other parties have signed on as cast members and I even extended an olive branch to Pauline Hanson to take the role of Mother Abbess.
“Sadly, Pauline refused because I wouldn’t allow her to wear a burqua instead of the traditional nun’s habit. I think she missed the point about the whole exercise.
“It was the same with Senator Fraser Anning when I approached him. I asked him to take the role of Max Detweiler, the kindly ‘Uncle Max’ to the Von Trapp children in the film.
“But Fraser insisted on playing Hans Zeller, the Nazi collaborator and bitter opponent of Captain Von Trapp. I said I had specifically excluded that role from my version of the show, and he just shrugged and went back to flipping through a gun catalogue.”
The Bug understands former PM John Howard has been approached to play the swastika in several key scenes.
Mr Husic said the first performance of The Sound of Husic was expected to be staged in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra next week.
“We hope to raise sufficient funds for a project to eliminate major sources of hate speech and white supremacist rhetoric in Australia,” he said.
Asked for details of the project Mr Husic said: “It’s pretty simple. We want to buy Sky News and sack all its ‘after dark’ hosts.
“And if we make enough money, we’ll buy and close down Channel 7 and News Corp Australia as well.”