Report on AFIC Political Advocacy
peak representative body for the Muslim community one of our most important
AFIC is to advocate on behalf of our community on matters of policy and public
In the last month we met with, spoken or written to, a number of senior
stakeholders. This has included:
Minister Scott Morrison
Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs
of Staff to Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Opposition
Burke, Manager of Opposition Business
Dreyfus, Shadow Attorney General
Kristina Keneally, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens
Aly, Member for Cowan
Husic, Member for Chifley
have been a number of issues raised in these discussions. The most significant
rise in Islamophobia and far right extremism. Particularly the increase in
attacks on Mosques and community centres.
Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Reforms. While the issue
religious vilification is extremely important and is the main focus of our
there are in fact other issues in the proposed reforms that need to be
We will be working closely with the with all sides to try and find
to these issues.
China and other oppressed Muslim communities. We continue to raise the
lack of consistency Australia takes on issues of Human Rights affecting
overseas. Australia needs to be principled and consistent in its
and on behalf of our community we will continue to raise this issue.
built a strong foundation to continue to advocate on these, and other, issues
behalf. In the new year we will be working even closer with key political
voice of Australian Muslims heard insha’Allah.