Feb 14 2011
A PETITION in Federal Parliament calling for a 10-year ban on Muslim immigration and a review of Australia’s immigration policy to ensure priority is given to Christians has been labelled bigoted by a leader of the Islamic community. (Yeah, but who cares?)
I think the bill would have a better chance of passing if they called the Muslims what they really are, invaders and colonizers, not immigrants.
HERALD SUN – ACT senator Gary Humphries last Thursday tabled the petition, signed by three Sydneysiders, calling for a 10-year moratorium on Muslim immigration and a review of Australia’s immigration policy to ensure priority is given to Christians.
But the Liberal senator has defended his tabling of the “somewhat offensive” petition, which he acknowledges is potentially racist and bigoted, saying he presented it because it conformed with Senate standing orders.
“I certainly don’t agree with what’s in the document.” “But I believe that they have the right to put that point of view in front of the members of the Federal Parliament.”
Senator Humphries said the petition expressed a view about Australia’s immigration policy and wasn’t racially vilifying. But Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ikebal Patel said the document was bigoted.
“For God’s sake we’ve gone beyond the white Australia policy and now we are talking about … a policy that only allows Christians,” he said. “That’s hardly a loving Christian to be very selective in whom you want to enter in your home.”
Senate standing orders require that petitions be respectful, decorous, and temperate in their language. They are not to contain language disrespectful to any legislature or irrelevant statements.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said members of the public had a right to petition Parliament on issues that politicians didn’t necessarily agree with.