The ABC reports that the ACT’s Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has done what other Senators were unwilling to do and tabled a petition in the Senate, signed by three Sydney folk, calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration to Australia.
Gary’s on The Beast right now defending his championship of free speech.
Perhaps best if it had been left to a NSW Senator? Assuming any would touch it with a bargepole?
We’re trying to get a copy of the petition, if you can help email to email@example.com .
UPDATE: Senator Humphries has made this statement:
PETITIONS IN THE PARLIAMENT
I am a strong and proud supporter of multicultural Australia and have enjoyed a very strong relationship with the Muslim community both here in Canberra and around Australia.
Nonetheless, I believe it was my democratic responsibility as a Senator to table the petition I tabled last Thursday.
It is the right of every Australian to put their view to the Australian Parliament and the moment that Members and Senators start essentially acting as censors it detracts from our democracy.
Although I did not agree with what was in the petition, I tabled it for that very reason.
15 February 2011
I’ve now put the actual petition online so we all know what we’re talking about.
I would like to make it clear that in my opinion this is unequivocably the work of bigoted nutbags, who obviously have no mates, and I would not put it forward without being able to present that context.