Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has backed ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries, who tabled a petition calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration. (ABC)
The petition, signed by three people in Sydney, calls for a review of immigration policy be undertaken to ensure priority is given to Christians.
Why is the petition signed by only three people? We could get hundreds, if not thousands of signatures to halt Islamic welfare seekers coming into this country……
Senator Humphries says he disagrees with the petition but he tabled it because he believes every citizen has a right to put their views to the Parliament.
Mr Abbott says he also disagrees with the petition, but people have a right to put their views.
“I’m not proposing that, he’s not proposing that, no-one is proposing that,” he said.
“People have a right to petition their Parliament even on subjects that their MPs don’t agree with, even on subjects where the Parliament is unlikely to act.”
Senator Humphries says he will meet local Muslims to allay their concerns.
“Many Muslims are my friends and I hope they’ll remain my friends,” he said.
Ikebal Patel shrieks and lectures Â us on how good Christian dhimmies ought to behave:
“That’s hardly a loving Christian to be very selective in whom you want to enter in your home.”
(If I invite Muslims into my house, they then kill me and take my house, is that being Christian? No, it’s being stupid. Muslims of whatever stripe are not welcome in my house, and not welcome in my country.)
A PETITION tabled in Federal Parliament calling for a 10-year ban on Muslim immigration has been labelled bigoted by a leader of the Islamic community. (Source)
“But I hope they’ll also understand that as a member of the Federal Parliament, I have an obligation to fulfil or place before the Parliament points of view of citizens if they’re on matters that affect the powers and the role of the Federal Parliament,” he said.
A leading member of the Muslim community has questioned Senator Humphries’s decision to table the petition.
Australian Federation of Islamic Council president Ikebal Patel says if Senator Humphries does not agree with the views expressed then he should not have tabled the petition.
“You either put it in and back it or you take Senator Kate Lundy’s view that… she chose not to put it forward because it was an abhorrent position,” he said.
During an interview on 2UE this afternoon LNP Senator Barnaby Joyce was asked if he would support a ban or a moratorium on Muslim immigration for 10 years.
“I would be very circumspect to do that,” he said. “I would be more likely to call for a ban on immigration altogether than start picking and choosing who you’re going to have and who you’re not going to have.”