Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has used Estimate Committee Hearings late last night (May 28) to question the Australian Attorney General, Senator George Brandis about his government’s backing for the banning of Sharia Law, it's practice, support and advocacy in Australia.
“In recent history – since 9/11 – I don’t think there has ever been a convicted terrorist in Australia or the world who wasn't a supporter of Sharia Law. So it's obvious that support for Sharia Law is a clear sign of radicalisation and support for the ISIS terrorists, in Australian citizens.
I don’t buy the argument from the Attorney General that you can compare it to Roman Catholics’ Canon law. Sharia law is not just a religious law – it’s a law if allowed, that binds citizens into enforceable civil and criminal codes – and takes us down a dark, brutal path. As witnessed by many countries in the Middle East Sharia Law ensures there is no separation of church and state – and religious leaders are given back absolute power over all citizens.
Surely you can be a good Muslim with out supporting a law, which strips women of all their civil rights – and imposes a death penalty on gay people and people who have sex outside of marriage?” said Senator Lambie.
“If Senator Brandis won't support the banning of the terrorist’s law in Australia and recognise the signs of Islamic radicalisation, then he should at least agree to toughen our Citizenship Oath - so that any one taking the oath would know that Australians oppose Sharia Law. The amended Australian citizenship oath should read:
From this time forward, under God, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and it’s people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights, liberties and opposition to Sharia Law I respect and whose laws I will uphold and obey?” said Senator Lambie.
“Seven months ago I told the Senate in speaking to the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 that new laws regarding a toughening of Australian Citizenship should be considered. In my speech I said:
These new laws could strip people of their Australian citizenship, right to vote, right to receive Australian taxpayers' money and, in some cases, deport or jail those who clearly have allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a hostile foreign power.
It’s obvious that the Abbot Government with their recent announcement of a new citizenship crack down have followed my Australian Citizenship policy to the letter – so I guess I’ll only have to wait for another seven months to see my policy on a Sharia law crack down and an amended Australian Citizenship oath introduced to Australia.” said Senator Lambie.