Julie Bishop has escalated criticism of the Labor candidate Anne Aly, claiming she does not support the government’s national security efforts and tried to secure reduced jail time for a “hate preacher”.
Aly, Labor’s candidate for the Western Australian seat of Cowan, is a deradicalisation expert whose work is funded by the government and has been invited by Barack Obama to attend a White House summit on countering violent extremism.
On Thursday, the justice minister, Michael Keenan, launched an attack on Aly, criticising her for writing a submission on sentencing for the radical preacher Mohammed Junaid Thorne, who was jailed for flying under a false name.
On Friday, the foreign minister told Radio National that Keenan had “quite rightly” pointed out that Aly “has criticised our national security efforts”.
“She did write a letter for a known hate preacher … in an attempt to get him off jail time,” Bishop said. “That is not part of the role the federal government was funding her for.”
She denied the Coalition was engaged in Islamophobic dog-whistling.
“The funding of the organisation linked to Anne Aly from the government was to mentor young people before they were radicalised. It was not to write references to release convicted criminals from their jail sentence.”
Bishop said Aly’s lack of support of the government’s national security efforts was “a pattern across the Labor party”.
“We now see there are about 50 Labor members and candidates who disagree with Bill Shorten when he backs the Turnbull government’s approach to border protection.”
In her submission, Aly explained that she had met Thorne and his co-accused, Mostafa Shiddiqzman, and encouraged them to re-enter higher education and access counselling. Aly did not personally vouch for the accused, nor did she advocate a lighter sentence.
Thorne’s sentence was reduced by one month on appeal, the judge making reference to Aly’s letter in his reasoning.
Keenan said the letter showed “pretty poor judgment” and he accused Aly of not supporting the government’s national security efforts.
Aly accused Keenan of a “despicable smear campaign” and, when she called into one of his radio interviews for a right of reply, he refused to talk to her.
Aly is despicable.
On Thursday Shorten called on Malcolm Turnbull to “call his attack dogs off Anne Aly”.
“If President Obama and the [US] Department of Homeland Security regard her as a global expert on deradicalisation, I think we can do a little better than Michael Keenan trying to imply the opposite,” he said.
Shorty cannot possibly be THAT deluded. Hussein Obama is a Muslim and the DHS is run by John Brennan, a convert to Islam who purged the department of all material that mentions Islam, jihad or taqiyya.
“Aly has made it clear because of her views of standing up, of counter-radicalisation, she has been put on the kill lists of extremist groups.
“Aly is an outstanding Australian. I know the Liberal party want to get votes by smearing Labor candidates. I think they should back off this one altogether.”
That’s what Moonbats say about Huma Abedin. Anne Aly and Huma would get along beautifully. They are both engaged in high treason (sheik yer’mami)