IT’S billed as the ”largest, the biggest and the best-ever Islamic event in the history of Australia” – a three-day festival for an expected 20,000 Muslims – and it will be held in Melbourne in March.
But the chief attraction is a Saudi imam who has called for violent jihad.
Muslims put on notice
ORGANISERS of a major Muslim conference in Melbourne have been warned they could face prosecution if state racial and religious vilification laws are broken.
Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Minister Nick Kotsiras said he had received complaints about some speakers who might attend the Australian Islamic Peace Conference, scheduled for the Showgrounds this month.
Mr Kotsiras directed Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Chin Tan to speak to the event’s organisers.
“I’ve asked him to explain to them that we live in a multicultural state and that our aim is to ensure that individuals, groups and communities are able to live in peace and harmony with each other,” he said.
“Organisers of any event are responsible for the conduct of individuals or speakers (under the state Racial and Religious Tolerance Act).”
Among invitees was Dr Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, imam of one of Mecca’s holiest mosques, who has reportedly made anti-Semitic comments.
Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison urged the Gillard Government to reveal which overseas speakers had visas to attend. He accused the Government of setting a low bar on issuing visas after it previously allowed Taji Mustafa, from the controversial Hizb ut-Tahrir group, to come here.
“That’s someone who said it was okay to kill Australian soldiers in Afghanistan,” Mr Morrison said.
The Herald Sun was unable to get comment from the conference organisers.
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