“This idea somehow that there’s a big conspiracy amongst the Muslim minority to bring in sharia law is just completely exaggerated. I think it is really wrong to tar everyone in a minority with the view,” Mr Shorten said.
He said free speech was no justification for the demonstrations turning ugly.
“There’s no place for violence in any protests or any expressions of freedom of speech,” he said.
“You see rival groups saying that they’ve got a right to speak. People have got a right to state their view at a rally, but no-one has a right to violence.”
A man at the Reclaim Australia rally in Hobart was arrested and charged with assault after his group clashed with the counter-rally supporting multiculturalism.
A large rally was held in Sydney, where police were forced to remove opposition protesters who stormed the Reclaim Australia stage.
Clare Fester, who organised a counter-rally in Sydney, said Reclaim Australia was racist and divisive.
Clare Fester is a retard.
Slogan of the Day
“I’m sorry, prime minister, a lot of Australians have an issue with paying a tax for halal certification when 98 per cent of Australians are not Muslim,” Ms Hanson said. … More resistance to the halal racket at news.com.au (thanks to Mullah, pub)
April 05, 2015: Police were forced to intervene in some ugly scenes across Australia yesterday as thousands of people hit the streets protesting several views of towards races.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has claimed halal certification is a “money-making racket” funding terrorism, a day after she told a Brisbane rally “I am not a racist”.
“Islam is not a race, so therefore, we’re not talking about racism here whatsoever,” she told TODAY co-host Deb Knight.
“Criticism is not racism. We have a right to say and to have an opinion.
“We are, and we don’t like Islam – we’re in fear of what Islam may do to our culture, our country, our way of life.”
The controversial Queenslander clarified her vague claims and said halal certification was funding terrorism.
Halal certification is the process by which food and drink products are subject to testing for unlawful (“Haram”) substances in accordance with Islam, such as alcohol and meat including pigs and dogs.
“The money [from certification] goes to overseas Islamic organisations and has been connected to the Muslim brotherhood in France,” she claimed.
“I’m sorry, but a lot of Australians have an issue with paying a tax for halal certification when [the majority of] Australians are not Muslim,” she said.
“It is extortion that’s been put on to these businesses that you must pay these monies.”
The former fish and chip shop owner went on to challenge the necessity of the process, which is regarded by the Australian Food & Grocery Council as similar to organic certification.
“A Muslim does not have to have halal certification, they can say a prayer over their food,” she claimed.
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