Religious leaders are calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to extend the same values of his Christian faith to the 70 asylum seekers indefinitely detained in Melbourne.
Islamic Council of Victoria President Bayram Aktepe noted “It was a noteworthy first for the Australian Muslim community, and what a first for our nation at large. We also believe it is sends an important message to the World, that the leaders of Australia are driving an agenda of multicultural harmony by respecting and sharing in the rich tapestry of our community”.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hosted a Ramadan Iftar on Thursday evening 16 June at Kirribilli House, Sydney, a first by an Australian Prime Minister. The invited guests included Muslim leaders and young activists from all states as well as interfaith representatives from Sydney. Mr Turnbull greeted Muslims saying, “I am honoured to be the first Australian Prime Minister to host an Iftar during the holy month of Ramadan. To the approximately five hundred thousand Muslim Australians across our country and to more than one and half billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan Kareem.”
Leaders have attended what the Prime Minister called a ‘loving’ commemoration service for victims of the Orlando massacre. Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy took time out from the election trail while Premier Baird, the NSW Governor David Hurley and the American Consul General, Hugo Llorens sat in the front row during the service led by the Dean of Sydney, Kanishka Raffel. Opposition leader Bill Shorten was represented by Senator Doug Cameron.
Five days after 49 people were slain in the targeted terrorist attack on the LGBTI community in Orlando, Florida, Mr Turnbull hosted an Iftar fast-breaking dinner, a tradition of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at his official Sydney residence.
The Prime of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP visited the ICV and met with Youth Leaders on Monday 7th March 2016. Accompanying the PM, was Social Services Minister the Hon Christian Porter plus many senior Government advisors and heads of departments.