Malcolm Turnbull has dialled down the terror-scare rhetoric since taking the reins from Tony Abbott – and some in his party are not liking it one bit.
A number of MPs have been speaking out with cabinet member Josh Frydenberg and the member for Canning Andrew Hastie leading the charge this weekend, doing their bit for social cohesion by arguing there is an intrinsic link between terror and Islam.
In an interview with Murdoch tabloid the Herald Sun Hastie said “modern Islam needs to cohere with the Australian way of life, our values and institutions. In so far as it doesn’t, it needs reform”, in an article title ‘Islam must change: War hero MP Andrew Hastie leads radical push’.
Frydenberg reiterated criticisms Australia’s Grand Mufti, while MP Michael Sukkar said Islam had not reformed as Christianity had.
George Christensen, the Nationals MP who appeared at a Reclaim Australia rally earlier this year, moved a motion in Parliament today which, among other things, “calls for continued action in countering violent extremism and in particular, radical Islam within Australia in order to prevent further acts of terrorism within our borders”.
Somewhere along the way Labor MP Tim Watts – who has previously taken aim at the Reclaim Australia movement – decided enough was enough.
In four minutes and 58 seconds flat the Member for Gellibrand shredded the dissenting Coalition MPs in Parliament today.
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