Coast group says Springborg backs Sharia Law petition
A COMMUNITY group concerned about the spread of Islam claims it has the support of Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg for its latest petition.
Sunshine Coast Safe Communities, which originally gained supporters for petitions to effectively ban mosques in Queensland, has a new petition which focuses on Sharia Law.
The petition, which Member for Buderim Steve Dickson sponsored, calls for legislative changes to the definition of "place of worship" and "religion".
It seeks to exclude any group or members of a group "which advocate violence or seek to promote and impose any form, or part of Sharia Law, and who reject Australian Law and the Constitution".
Member for Caloundra, Mark McArdle has slammed the latest petition as a "shrouded attack on the Islamic faith".
"You can take the wording out as much as you like, it comes down to an attack on the Islamic religion shrouded in terminology and mysticism born out of fear.
"I've heard of the petition and I believe it is based on false assumptions.''
Mr Springborg has declined to refute this statement, instead referring to his comments in a letter to Mr Dickson.
"In common with your petitioner, the LNP does not support religious-based legal or justice systems which are contrary to the foundation of our existing legal or justice system, does not support advocacy of violence, and does not ever support conduct - or the promotion of conduct- in contravention of Queensland and Australian laws," it said.
Mr Springborg said the petition Mr Dickson was sponsoring "relates to those who advocate for Sharia Law to the detriment of existing Australian laws and our constitution".