Labor’s Joy Burch has the sad news that, while the Greens and Labor have re-affirmed their commitment to the Gungahlin Mosque proposal, The Liberals’ Steve Dozspot isn’t so keen:
Ms Burch, having strongly stated the ACT Government’s support for the aspirations of the Canberra Muslim community, sought and obtained similar assurances from the Greens through Amanda Bresnan MLA.
However Canberra Liberals spokesperson on Multicultural Affairs Steve Doszpot MLA, also present at the hearing, refused to provide support to Canberra’s Muslim community or to repudiate the anonymous leaflet.
“This is a matter of great disappointment” Ms Burch said,
“I hope the Canberra Liberals reflect on their position and provide a clear statement of support to the Muslim Community in Canberra and support their desire to build a mosque in Gungahlin.”
We hear the Human Rights Commission has been sicced onto the pamphleteers.
We’ve asked the Liberals for their side of the story and will provide it when available.
UPDATE 29/06/12 16:45: This in from the Liberals:
STATEMENT FROM STEVE DOSZPOT IN RESPONSE TO JOY BURCH
“This is arrant, insulting nonsense.
“This transparent, ridiculous construction tries to turn the fact that Joy Burch couldn’t answer questions about her own dismal performance into an attack on questioner. To try to tie race hate into the matter is disgusting and beneath contempt. I challenge her to quote one line from me to back up her accusation.
“I’m happy to support our Muslim community. I’m not happy to support a Minister who is not only the most incompetent in Territory history but also the most hateful and vindictive. It is no wonder so many people consider her a dangerous fool.”