Union, Labor, Muslim: what more does Australia need?
Before union boss turned western Sydney MP Ed Husic takes his seat in the 43rd parliament of Australia, history will be made.
Mr Husic, the son of Yugoslavian migrants, is the first Muslim elected to federal parliament and will today become the first MP sworn in by the Chief Justice of the High Court with his hand on a copy of the Koran.
The Blacktown-based former national president of the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union arrived in Canberra yesterday carrying with him the Koran of his proud migrant parents who will watch on from the public gallery as he takes his oath.
While downplaying his religion and the significance of his contribution to Australian political history, the MP for Chifley said “getting elected to parliament, full stop, is an enormous privilege”.
But Mr Husic conceded others might well see his oath as a significant moment for Muslim Australians.
“Given my background, there are some people taking a small slice of pride or happiness.”
Chris Hurford, immigration minister in the Hawke Labor government, tried in 1986 to have him deported after Hilali had overstayed a tourist visa in 1982 …because his reported utterances were dividing the Muslim community. But Hilali had two powerful Labor supporters on his side – Paul Keating and Leo McLeay – who would ultimatelyÂ help him win his quest for permanent residency.
THE federal Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, supplied a glowing character reference for a Sydney sheik accused of spying for Iran just months after learning ASIO had rejected his residency application on national security grounds.
Spying for Iran:Â Mansour Leghaei
The Australian can reveal that Mr McClelland wrote two character references in 1997 for controversial Iranian cleric Mansour Leghaei, who is accused by ASIO of engaging in “specific acts of foreign interference”.Â Sheik Leghaei has been fighting to stay in Australia for more than a decade, despite ASIO issuing two adverse security assessments against him.
Leghaei’s spying isn’t the only issue.Â His notebookÂ could have been written by Hilali himself.
“the herald sun the factual newspaper when it comes to African crime”- Actually, Andrew Bolt’s Herald Sun articles on “African crime” seem to make sense after I wipe my backside with them. Which is the same with most of what Bolt writes.