In an article by Cameron Lucadou-Wells in the Dandenong Journal February 25, 2013 Mark Dreyfus attacks Daniel Nalliah on his views on Islam. A copy of his statement in the article is reproduced here.
“ISAACS MP and federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has condemned anti-Islam political aspirant Daniel Nalliah’s views as having “no place” in Australia. Mr Dreyfus held up Greater Dandenong’s 150-plus nationalities as a “tremendous example of a modern, diverse and harmonious society”. “We are a nation that believes everyone is entitled to a fair go — no matter what your background or religious beliefs,” Mr Dreyfus said. “Past mayors of Greater Dandenong have been of Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Buddhist faiths and I am proud to be part of a society that affords equality of opportunity to every individual. “Multiculturalism is a fundamental part of our modern nation, and an example to the rest of the world.””
What he forgot to mention in the article is the fact that if you omit Melbourne City then Dandenong has the highest crime statistics in Victoria for the last 5 years. In the latest released Police Crime Statistics there are 691 postcode reporting areas. The crime rate in Dandenong is higher than the combined total of the 323 lowest areas. Hardly what you would call a harmonious society!
As Daniel Nalliah said in the article “He is living in the past”.
Multiculturalism has been denounced by many European Statesmen. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society had failed completely. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron denounced European-style multiculturalism, saying: “We have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream. “We’ve failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We’ve even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values. “France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy and Spain’s former leader Jose Maria Aznar, have agreed with Cameron and Merkel, that multiculturalism has failed.
If Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus believes what he is saying, and is convinced that he is correct, then he should take up the challenge to debate Daniel Nalliah on TV. It is time that politicians were accountable for the words that they so loosely throw away to the press. Our view, however, is that he is not brave enough, and will just hold out until September 14th when he will be changing jobs once more.
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