Muslim leaders are not playing ball with Scott Morrison:
Proposed Government Roundtable
We, the undersigned members of the Australian Muslim community, would like to outline the reasons why we will not be attending the proposed Round Table meeting with the Prime Minister this week.
Many in the Muslim community including the undersigned are deeply concerned and disappointed with statements made by senior Government Ministers and the Prime Minister in the recent past which infer that the community is collectively culpable for the criminal actions of individuals and should be doing more to prevent such acts of violence. These statements have achieved nothing to address underlying issues, but rather, have alienated large segments of the Muslim community.
In order to have a meaningful meeting that will result in positive outcomes, attendees must be confident that their views and concerns will be genuinely respected and that such a forum will not be used to emphasise the very sentiments that the Muslim community consider to be invalid and divisive. The stated objective of the meeting does not provide any such confidence.
We request that the Prime Minister re-schedule the proposed Round Table meeting to allow for a concrete agenda and mutually acceptable objectives to be agreed beforehand. This will ultimately be in the interests of all parties including the government.
I don’t blame them. It is the Muslim community that is the primary and most effective source of intelligence for police in the prevention of attacks. It’s the main reason we haven’t had any.
You’ll never stop individual loons and blaming it on the community is incendiary.
Meanwhile, Roman Quaedvlieg is a former commissioner of the Australian Border Force has slammed Morrison’s bumbling extremism on Jerusalem, at Domainfax:
His motivation for doing so, while still not plausibly explained, is now moot. The consequences of him doing so though are not moot by any stretch. Initial murmurings of discontent from Indonesia, soon turned into a roaring protest from Arab nations and a threat to the ratification of a critical Free Trade Agreement with our closest Muslim neighbour.
…The Coalition government is playing a provocative hand with our national security. It seems to have forgotten that hundreds of confirmed foreign fighters, and thousands of probable ones, from Indonesia and Malaysia have fought for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. So many arrived that IS reportedly formed a Malay-speaking military unit to fight on its behalf in the Middle East. The Coalition also seems to have forgotten that many foreign fighters have returned from those battlegrounds hardened, more radicalised and with lethal war-fighting skills.