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Meeting with Islamic Community Leaders

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 18/08/2005

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 21869

I am pleased to announce that on Tuesday 23 August 2005 I will meet with a small group of Islamic leaders in Canberra to discuss what more can be done to eradicate from our community inflammatory exhortations to violence and intolerance.

The Australian community has an important role to play in protecting our country and its people against terrorism and the London terrorist attacks have highlighted the need to remain vigilant. I was very pleased to see many Islamic organisations immediately condemn those terrorist acts and call their communities to work together with the Government to address extremism.

The meeting will include representatives from a mix of Muslim religious, community, cultural and academic fields and will also be attended by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, the Attorney General, the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs and senior officials.

It will focus on the identification of strategies to promote commitment to shared values and examine how Islamic leaders can assist in eliminating intolerance and the promotion of violence in this country.

The meeting will include identification of strategies to promote a commitment to shared values and enhance social cohesion within the Australian community. The meeting will also discuss what assistance the Government might provide to support the leaders of Australian Muslim communities to eradicate extreme views and prevent violence.

I look forward to the meeting and to working with the Muslim community to protect our country from terrorism.

MEETING WITH ISLAMIC COMMUNITY LEADERS: INVITEES

1. Dr Ameer Ali, President, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils

2. Sheikh Taj Aldin Alhilali, Mufti of Australia

3. Dr Mohammad Taha Al Salami, President, Iraqi Islamic Council of Australia

4. Mr Ali Roude OAM, Acting President, Islamic Council NSW

5. Ms Iktimal Hage Ali, NSW Youth Advisory Council

6. Ms Aziza Abdulhalim, President, Muslim Women's National Network Australia

7. Dr Amin Hady, Imam of Zetland Mosque

8. Mr Hassan Bazzi, President, Al Zahra Muslim Association

9. Sheikh Shafiq Rahman Abullah Khan, Chairman, Australian Islamic Cultural Centre

10. Sheikh Fehmi Naji El Imam, Imam, Islamic Society of Victoria

11. Mr Malcolm Thomas, President, Islamic Council of Victoria

12. Mr Yasser Soliman, Member, Council for Multicultural Australia

13. Ms Yasmin Khan, President, I-CARE (Islam Care)

14. Mr Hajji Abdul Rahman (Ray) Deen, Executive Committee, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils

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