New South Wales Premier Mike Baird may succeed where Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has apparently failed. While most of the Islamic organisations in the country have rejected the deradicalisation efforts by the government, Baird seems to have a more sympathetic outlook about the Muslim community in the country.
Baird remembered the Sydney siege in December. He spoke during a Ramadan dinner on Monday.
He said young Muslim leaders told him that they had never felt more a part of the Australian society than they did during the Lindt Café situation. According to Baird, it was “an incredible thing” to happen, International Business Times reported.
Major Islamic social services have virtually boycotted the federal government’s deradicalisation efforts, either fearing any association with the Abbott government, or dismissing the programs as poorly funded and designed. In Victoria and NSW, the state governments have been taking notes.
Several Muslim leaders find Baird having a “different” perspective about dealing with the Islamic population in Australia. According to Kuranda Seyit, Baird has a totally different understanding about radicalisation. Seyit said that the Victorian government viewed it as a community issue instead of viewing it as a law enforcement issue.
The Board of Imams Victoria spokesman Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas Saleem said that it reduced the anxiety of Muslims in the country when premiers like Baird avoided talking like the Australian prime minister on the issue of radicalization. He said that that Muslims would likely to be more forthcoming to accept the programs once those were “up and running.”
“Baird, the guy is different,” says Randa Kattan, the chief executive of the Arab Council of Australia and a persistent critic of what she calls “Arab-phobia”.
Baird earlier announced that asylum seekers would have travel concessions on public transport in NSW. He said that Australia, as a “lucky country,” should share its luck to become a “great country.”
. Tags: #
Three quarters of Australians believe the country doesn't need any more people and nearly half support a partial ban on Muslim immigrants. An Aus... More
The results of the latest national Census released on Tuesday 27 June 2017 reveal that Muslims are now the largest religious minority in Australia. ... More
Eid Al Fitr is likely to be observed on June 25 in most Muslim countries. Muslims across the world will be hosting dozens of celebrations for Eid, ... More
Mega-Iftar at the NSW Parliament on Wednesday 7 June, co-hosted by The Hon Ray Williams MP and Ms Sophie Cotsis, MP. This was the Affinity Interc... More
Pakistan's Younus Khan notched his 34th Test century but Australia had reduced the tourists to 271 for eight, still 68 runs short of avoiding the ... More
A strong and surge responses observed after the Aussie Minister speech about the immigration issues and focusing especially Muslim immigrants. People ... More
VIENNA: A building in northern Austria that was due to house dozens of asylum seekers was deliberately set on fire, the Red Cross said on Wednesday, a... More