Paramatta Shooting & BAIRD GOVERNMENT REFUSAL TO BE HONEST WITH MUSLIM COMMUNITY

By Shaoquett Moselmane 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As a community we must not succumb to hatred, division or fear, as this is precisely what those perpetrating fear and destruction seek. 

We must work together to ensure someone like Curtis Cheng is never placed in harm’s way again.

Finally, We must never blame a community for the actions of a few  who want to damage our way of life. 

This is why Premier Baird, his Ministers must also be honest and transparent  with those in our communities on whom we rely on to address and help us tackle this very important issue of radicalisation.  

This is why the  Baird government's Refusal TO BE HONEST WITH MUSLIM COMMUNITY further weakens our ability to speak with one voice and act as one. 

Just Like his Premier, Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka in the upper House, refused to address questions about the lack of consultation  and transparency with the community on proposed terror laws.

During a heated Legislative Council question time this week, Mr Ajaka was unable to rule out allegations that the Muslim community had been used as a photo opportunity for Premier Mike Baird on Tuesday.
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Despite holding a round table discussion with Muslim community leaders, Opposition Leader Luke Foley and Member for Lakemba Jihad Dib, the Baird Government did not make any mention of the policies it would announce the next day.

Rather than address concerns about the lack of respect shown to the Muslim community, Mr Ajaka accused the opposition of playing political games.

A transcript of the Legislative Council question time attached as well as a video of the proceedings and Ch 10 coverage representing our efforts to expose the Government for what it is.

Labor's Legislative Council Opposition Whip the Hon Shaoquett Moselmane MLC said:
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“The Baird Government has insulted the Muslim community by failing to consult with them about its proposed anti-terror laws.”
“To gather key figures in the Muslim community into one room and then not tell them about a policy like this is plain offensive.”
“Premier Mike Baird has used the Muslim community as a photo opportunity. He doesn’t want consultation, he wants publicity.”
“By parading around and using the community leaders for his political agenda, Premier Baird runs the risk of denigrating the credibility or effectiveness of these community leaders to communicate the messages back to their respective communities.”

Premier Baird and his Liberal Government want to parade the Muslim community and use them to show the wider Community they are tough on crime and on Law And Order. 

We are all against radicalisation and any form of extremism and harm to our Australian society.

they don't care if the effect is to belittle and insult the very people the government has presented to us as community leaders . 

You can't build a genuine partnership if you play political games with the lives of a section of a vulnerable  community .

Shaoquett
The Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC.
Opposition Whip
Parliament of New South Wales
Parliament House
Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

M 02 9230 2526 || � 02 9230 2722
S.moselmane@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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