Australian PM Accuses Muslim Leaders Of Denying “Threat of Islamic Extremists”

Talking about “extremists” instead of calling them devout Muslims and appealing to the crime bosses (the imams) to dob in their (soldiers) criminals is not a winning formula. ScoMo needs a crash course in Islam.

“People who commit acts of terrorism have rejected absolutely everything that this country stands for,”–Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia’s prime minister accused senior Muslim community leaders on Wednesday of “continuing down a path of denial” after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s tweeted response to the Islamic leaders’ request for a postponement of Thursday’s meeting adds to friction with the Muslim world sparked by his proposal last month to move the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Morrison has denied a widely held view that the Jerusalem proposal was aimed at domestic political gain amid a debate over levels of Muslim immigration.

“The meeting is going ahead with those who want to deal with this issue seriously rather than look the other way,” Morrison said.

“Some have chosen to publicly boycott this meeting. Continuing down a path of denial only lets their communities down,” he added.

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Public needs to hear the truth on terror threat

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun November 22, 2018

Our politicians and police are now — too late! — struggling to keep us safe from the dangerous failure of our immigration policies. But the damage has been done and not just to our safety. Check out Victoria: we can’t trust our institutions to tell the truth about what immigration is now doing to us.

If Victorian Labor on Saturday loses what seemed the unlosable election only a month ago, it will be largely because of that — the crime and terrorism we’ve imported and the refusal of our political class to speak frankly about it.

Take the news of this past fortnight, which has derailed Labor’s re-election campaign and exposed our immigration program as a menace.

Worst, a Muslim terrorist killed a man in Bourke St. The killer, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, came from Somalia.

Three Muslims were arrested for an alleged terrorist plot. Their families came from Turkey.

Three more Muslims were convicted of planning a mass terrorist attack in Federation Square. Their families came from Lebanon, yet another Muslim country.

But this month, Victorians also heard of yet more pack-attacks by people whose families came here from Africa, most as refugees from Sudan.

Those pack-attacks included the bashing of a St Kilda chef and a fast-food worker; a riot at Koo Wee Rup; violent robberies in Dandenong, Pakenham and Springvale; and a mass brawl with police in St Kilda.

Apologists lie when they say this level of ethnic violence is no different from that of other migrant groups which have since settled in.

In fact, Sudanese Australians are an astonishing 57 times more likely than other Victorians to commit an aggravated burglary, says the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency, and about half the Australians jailed for terrorism are from families from just one country: Lebanon.

I’ve argued before that our immigration and refugee programs have gone from great to a menace, not least because five Australians have died in terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees.

Add the congestion, the growth of ethnic ghettos and the fact that nearly 1 million Australians have no or little English, and it’s clear we have bitten off much more than we can chew.

But Victoria shows us another problem: we can no longer trust police and politicians to tell us the truth about what we are doing to ourselves.

Sure, that is not just a Victorian failure. Last year, ASIO boss Duncan Lewis, for instance, claimed: “I have abso­lutely no evidence to suggest there is a connection between refugees and terrorism.”

But Victoria takes the cake.

In 2007, its Labor-appointed police chief commissioner, Christine Nixon, was already falsely claiming that crime statistics showed Sudanese Australians were not more likely to break the law: “They’re not, in a sense, represented more than the proportion of them in the population.” Incredible.

Police command then banned the word “gangs”, often omitted the skin colour of offenders when issuing appeals for help to catch criminals and kept insisting that majority-African gangs were just multiethnic.

In 2014, police even refused to issue a media alert noting that up to 200 Africans had just staged a violent brawl in the city on New Year’s Day.

It hasn’t got better. Current Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has attacked media reporting on African gang crime, and in February damned as “garbage” the claim by federal Home

Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s that some Melburnians were now too scared to go out to restaurants.

Yet since then, gangs of African-Australians have bashed a chef, smashed a teenage worker in the head at McDonald’s and battled police at a popular St Kilda restaurant strip.

The hoodwinking of the public has continued this past fortnight.

For six days, Premier Andrews kept to himself the fact that Shire Ali, the Bourke St terrorist, had actually been out on bail, despite being asked a direct question by a journalist.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula falsely claimed Victoria Police had not been warned by ASIO that Shire Ali had had his passport cancelled for fear he might join the Islamic State.

And now in Canberra, we’re told by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that he might cut immigration, after all, because “the roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full” and the public was saying “enough, enough, enough”.

Well, there’s yet another half-truth. Sure, we’re sick of the choked roads and trains.

But look at the violence and the terrorism in Melbourne this month and ask what truly worries Australians most about people we’ve been letting in.

1/ For six days, Premier Andrews kept to himself the fact that Shire Ali, the Bourke St terrorist, had actually been out on bail.

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Policing, Victoria-style

As Islamists devout Moslems plot murder and African youths terrify St Kilda diners, Victorians are voting in their state election, the result to be revealed on Saturday night. The polls say the Labor government of Premier Daniel Andrews has the edge. What does that say about Victorians? What does that say about the Opposition?

Last night in Melbourne, two fresh celebrations of multiculturalism.

In the northern suburbs, police swooped on alleged members of an Islamic terror cell. And down on the St Kilda foreshore, yet another riot involving “youths of African appearance”. Police actually managed to make two arrests in the latter incident, which is most unusual. Normally, as rank-and-file officers have complained privately to Quadrant Online, police are under instruction to stand back and allow the mobs to do their worst.

At the Daily Telegraph, Tim Blair explains the galloping passivity :

... A number of my friends and family are members of the Victorian police force, and to an individual they are among the best and bravest people you will ever meet. But members of the force are presently hamstrung by timid and politically-correct police management, which may explain why reports of African gang riots so frequently feature the line: “no arrests were made”.

Remember, this is the same police force that hit Canadian conservative Lauren Southern with a $67,842 bill for protection from leftist thugs during her mid-year speaking tour …

Not that police brass are entirely averse to laying down the law. It’s just that they prefer to do so with only the easiest targets: otherwise law-abiding citizens who stray a few ticks over the speed limit. Unlike African youths, they don’t resist and pay their fines, which contribute something like one billion dollars a year to the state’s coffers. Newly appointed Traffic Commissioner Stephen Leane explained policing priorities to 3AW’s Neil Mitchell:

  • More 40km/h zones in Melbourne
  • Lowered speed limits in country areas
  • More speed cameras
  • A 50 per cent increase in roadside drug tests

New tests could also be introduced to target drowsy drivers soon, along with high-tech long lens cameras to catch distracted drivers.

Very proactive! But that can’t be said of a recent incident in Werribee, where those scallywags of African appearance rented a house for the evening and terrified residents of the street when their party became a freewheeling riot. It was yet another outbreak of mayhem, one that ended only when the Riot Squad was summoned, and which saw no arrests.

Curious, eh? Let traffic supremo Stephen Leane explain, as he did at the time in his previous incarnation, why his officers stood idle and watched the mayhem continue (emphasis added):

If I can deal with the ‘can’t go in’ issue, we certainly have an issue around short term rentals.

Our lawyers are telling us that it’s a lease, even though it’s a one night lease, on that basis it’s a civil matter and you’re off to VCAT if you try and exclude them from the premises.

As Islamists plot murder and African youths terrify St Kilda diners, Victorians are voting in their state election, the result to be revealed on Saturday night. The polls say the Labor government of Premier Daniel Andrews has the edge. What does that say about Victorians? What does that say about the Opposition?

For more on the latest terror arrests follow this link to the ABC’s report.

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Meeting with imams

It was not clear who would attend the meeting representing Muslims, who account for 3 percent of the Australian population, which is majority Christian.

Morrison called the meeting after a Muslim extremist fatally stabbed a man and injured two others in downtown Melbourne on Nov. 9 before police shot the assailant dead.

Some Australian Muslims were critical when Morrison later said that “radical, violent, extremist Islam” posed the greatest threat to Australia’s national security.

They felt the wider Muslim community had been blamed when Morrison said Islamic leaders “must be proactive, they must be alert and they must call this out.”

Muslims Australia, a national umbrella group, said on Wednesday that Islamic state councils had called for the meeting to be postponed because it had been called in haste, no agenda had been provided and Morrison had failed to respond to concerns they raised in a Nov. 12 letter.

Grand Mufti Mohamed Abdalla, Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric, was among the religious leaders who signed a statement accusing government ministers of inferring that the Muslim community “is collectively culpable for the criminal actions of individuals” in comments that have “alienated large segments of the Muslim community.”

The statement was also signed by Ghaith Krayem, chief executive of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, who told Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Wednesday that “I would encourage the prime minister not to engage on serious matters on twitter.”

“We are genuinely committed to be engaged with government, but it has to be a genuine process,” Krayem said. “The causes of terrorism is a complex issue.”

On Tuesday, three men were charged with planning an Islamic State group-inspired mass-casualty attack in Melbourne which would likely have happened over the busy Christmas period. Police said the plot had been thwarted with the arrests.

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Scott Morrison's proposal came after several ISIL-inspired attacks and plots in Australia [Saeed Khan/AFP]
Scott Morrison’s proposal came after several ISIL-inspired attacks and plots in Australia [Saeed Khan/AFP]

Australia plans to strip citizenship of native-born ‘terrorists’

Australia has unveiled plans to increase government powers to strip the citizenship of the people convicted of “terrorism” and to control the movements of Australian fighters who return home from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that his government wanted powers to expel anyone convicted of a “terrorist” offence, even native-born Australians, as he singled out Muslim leaders as having a “special responsibility” to prevent acts of violence committed by members of the community.

“People who commit acts of terrorism have rejected absolutely everything that this country stands for,” Morrison told a hastily organised press conference in Sydney.

“This is something that can’t be tolerated, and for those who would engage in this sort of activity, and they have citizenship elsewhere, or we have reason to believe they do, they can go.”

This comes a day after Muslim leaders in Australia boycotted a roundtable meeting called by the conservative leader, who has asked the Muslim community to do more to halt attacks in the country.

Community leaders, in an open letter, said they are “deeply concerned and disappointed” with statements made by the prime minister and senior officials, which “infer that the community is collectively culpable for the criminal actions of individuals and should be doing more to prevent such acts of violence”.

“These statements have achieved nothing to address underlying issues, but rather, have alienated large segments of the Muslim community,” they said in the letter published by Australian media.

Legislation to amend Citizenship Act

Australia’s current Citizenship Act allows authorities to revoke the citizenship of people jailed for six years or more for “terrorist” activities, but only if they are already dual nationals.

Morrison called these limits “unrealistic” and said the law should be broadened to strip citizenship from convicted “terrorists” if they could “reasonably” be expected to gain citizenship in another country through their parents or grandparents.

WATCH: Australia Police say Melbourne stabbing attack is ‘terrorism’ (2:38)

The conservative government will submit legislation to amend the Citizenship Act to enshrine these new powers, he said, in the final two-week parliamentary session of the year that begins on Monday.

His proposals came two days after police in the country’s second largest city, Melbourne, arrested three Australian-born men of Turkish descent for allegedly plotting a mass shooting in the city.

Less than two weeks earlier, a Somalia origin man went on a stabbing spree in Melbourne, killing one man and wounding two others before being fatally shot by police.

Authorities said all four men were inspired by the propaganda of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, even though none had any direct links to such organisations.

Legal challenges

Experts say the proposed legislation was likely to face legal challenges.

“It is not clear that the commonwealth has the power to kick out people who have been here for many, many generations,” said Sangeetha Pillai, a constitutional lawyer at the Kaldor Centre, University of New South.

“This legislation would make some people stateless at least temporary and in some cases, permanently.”

Prime Minister Morrison said the law will also seek the power to impose “temporary exclusion orders” on so-called “returned foreign fighters” – Australian citizens who travel to conflict zones to fight alongside armed groups.

Modelled on a British law, the provision would allow Australia to bar the return of a citizen for up to two years and to impose strict conditions on their activities once they come home.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said there had been seven “terror-related” attacks in Australia, while authorities had thwarted 15 other plots since 2014.

Nine people convicted of “terrorism” have already had their citizenship revoked under the existing law, mainly for activities overseas, he added.

WATCH: Australia under pressure to release detained child refugees (2:24)

“We assess there are around 50 Australian dual citizens who may be eligible to lose citizenship under the current provisions, and even more with the changes we are announcing today,” Dutton said.

Morrison and Dutton also said they would renew a push for controversial legislation which would allow authorities to break into encrypted messaging apps that police say are widely used by “extremists” and other criminals.

The law, which would force app developers and telecom companies to provide police with the ability to decrypt messages, has drawn strong criticism from civil liberties groups.

Morrison heads a minority coalition government that must call a national election before May 2019 but is trailing far behind the main opposition Labor Party in opinion polls.

As campaigning builds towards the election, Morrison and Dutton have led a tough law-and-order push around “terrorism” and immigration.

One thought on “Australian PM Accuses Muslim Leaders Of Denying “Threat of Islamic Extremists””

  1. Everyone knows that he is speaking to a closed shop. They Hear, See and Speak evil and the government and opposition know it, its just the they both want the Islamist vote and cannot be bothered with Muslim Grief Factor.

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