Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Australia: learn and understand our values or clear off.

Australia: Well this is certainly insensitive talk.

MUSLIMS in Australia who don't want to accept local values should leave the country, Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson says. ...."We believe in giving every person a fair go, we don't care where people come from, we don't mind what religion they've got," Dr Nelson said. "But what we want them to do is commit to the Australian constitution, Australian rule of law and basically, people who don't want to be Australians, and they don't want to live by Australian values and understand them, well then they can basically clear off." Treasurer Peter Costello has also raised the prospect of the government asking radical Muslims clerics who put Islamic law above Australian law to leave the country if they are dual citizens. "There might be other countries where the system of law is more acceptable to them," he said. "If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option."

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