A day after a special meeting between Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Muslim leaders, Muslims who do not respect secularism and law were told Wednesday, August 24, to leave the country.
"If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Shari'ah law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you," Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, said on national television.
He was quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) as saying that there are no two laws governing people in Australia.
"I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia, one the Australian law and another the Islamic law, that that is false," he stressed.
"If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Shari'ah law and have the opportunity to go to another country which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option
," Costello, a conservative Catholic, added.
Costello has been Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party since 1994, and Treasurer in the Australian government since 1996.
Education Minister Brendan Nelson further told reporters that Muslims who did not want to accept local values should "clear off".
"Basically, people who don't want to be Australians, and they don't want to live by Australian values and understand them, well then they can basically clear off," he said.Оригинал статьиРусский перевод