Why it’s ‘perfect timing’ for a Muslim woman in parliament
Liz Burke/news.com.au @lizeburke
THE election of Australia’s first female Muslim federal MP has come just in time to counter the anti-Islamic views and policies of Senator-elect Pauline Hanson, a Muslim community leader has said.
“Deradicalisation expert” turned Labor candidate Anne Aly yesterday claimed the WA seat of Cowan as the nailbiting count of the electorate’s votes went on.
Dr Aly’s Liberal opponent, Luke Simpkins, who has held the marginal seat since 2007, was thought to be ahead in the tight race until it was discovered 200 votes had been placed in the wrong pile. Correcting the error handed Dr Aly the lead with 787 more votes than the soon-to-be ousted MP.
Mr Simpkins is yet to concede as the count continues, but Dr Aly said it was time the people of Cowan had an answer.
“We do have a very strong lead now and it would take a lot to change that lead,” she said.
Muslim community leaders rushed to congratulate Dr Aly and commented on the significance of the win.
Congrats to Anne Aly who has made history by becoming the first Muslim woman elected to Federal Parliament. #auspol
Australian Muslim Women’s Association president Silma Ihram told news.com.au the appointment was significant to all Muslims.
“It shows the diversity and the integrated nature of the Muslim community in Australia,” she said.
It shows no such thing. It shows that Muslims assert themselves and will do anything in their power to rule over us.
“It’s an inspiration for young people who may feel disaffected. I think it’s good that women are still trailblazing in the Muslim community and again shows that women are not subjugated in Islam.”
Pathetic. Women are not “trailblazing” anywhere, especially not in the Muslim community. They are being used to hoodwink naive nonMuslims. Women are subjugated in Islam. That’s just the way it is.
Dr Aly will join Labor MP Ed Husic as just the second Muslim MP in the federal parliament, and the first Muslim woman in the house.
That’s the guy who swore allegiance to the Koran.
Her appointment to parliament coincides with the resurrection of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party, which is expected to deliver up to three candidates to the Senate.
The party’s controversial leader and soon-to-be Senator is calling for a “Royal Commission into Islam”, seeks to stop immigration and the refugee intake of Muslim people to Australia, and wants to ban Halal certification.
These are noble causes anyone in his right mind should support.
Ms Ihram said Dr Aly being elected to parliament was “excellent timing considering the re-establishment in the One Nation Party in federal politics”.
Last week, Dr Aly said the election of Ms Hanson would create an opportunity for “transparent discussions” about Islamic extremism, and wasn’t afraid to challenge her.
“I don’t mind standing up and talking with Pauline Hanson about issues to do with Islamic extremism, but let them be informed and let them respectful and let them be based on facts,” she told Sky News.
“Respectful” to Muslims means to shut up. “Facts” means to submit to Islamic supremacy.
Dr Aly yesterday said the reality of being the first female Muslim MP had not quite sunk in, but acknowledged it was significant.
“Having a diverse parliament in these very trying times is an absolute positive and bodes well for the future of Australia,” she said.
Islamic “diversity” is legendary. Ever noticed how many Christians, Jews and Buddhists are in Islamic parliaments?
“I think it’s going to make for some very robust discussion and I’m looking forward to that.”
Look out for cries of “hate-speech”, “Islamophobia” and “racism”.
The first-time MP has also put up her hand for a frontbench position, telling The Australian she believed she could “jump into a role like that fairly easily”.
Dr Aly became a figure of controversy throughout the election campaign.
In the lead-up to the election Justice Minister Michael Keenan said Dr Aly had shown bad judgment by penning a letter that helped reduce the sentence of self-styled preacher Junaid Thorne. Former prime minister John Howard supported the comments.
Anne Aly is a Mohammedan agitprop. She is abusing her position to advance Islamic causes.
In her letter Dr Aly said Thorne, who was jailed for flying domestically under a false name, was a perfect candidate for a deradicalisation.
Anne Aly never “deradicalised” a jihadist and never will.
The counter-terrorism expert described the comments against her as personal attacks, and said although they probably didn’t play a big part in the result, they may have moved some votes her way.
“There were whispers that the Liberal Party were looking for something — some kind of dirt, I guess — against me. I thought that we held up very well,” Dr Aly said.
“I do believe that it backfired. It certainly didn’t lose me any votes.”
That’s the saddest thing of all.