This news story just gets bigger.
Did TURNBULL get ASIO chief Duncan Lewis to call Liberals who were critical of Islam, to shut them up?
Political journalist for The Australian, Greg Sheridan certainly seems to think so.
If this is the case, it is clear Turnbull has misused the office of PM. It also displays his lack of intestinal fortitude.
The message to the public from Mr Turnbull & his Chief of ASIO is that we must all be careful as to what we do and say re Muslims & Islam. They imply that this is because any muslim is a potentially dangerous would-be islamist terrorist who can be set off by an inadvertent, indiscreet or misconstrued word or what is perceived as a disrespectful and/or provocative act. Muslims on the other hand are free to do/say what they want to exercise our freedom of speech & action which we are being asked to give up.
The great politeness debate continues:
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says it is “appropriate” for ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis to “speak out” if the debate on counter-terrorism in Australia is concerning him.
The Australian has revealed Mr Lewis phoned Coalition politicians to urge them to use the soothing language favoured by Malcolm Turnbull in their public discussion of Islam.