18 September 2017

On 14 September, the Summary Offences Amendment (Full-Face Coverings Prohibition) Bill 2017 was read a second time in the Legislative Council after being introduced by the Christian Democratic Party. The Rev. Fred Nile MLC makes the following additional comments:

·     “There is a great deal that we can learn from the experience of other countries, particularly Europe and Asia, on the issue of full-face coverings.”

·     “It is true that Australia has been very fortunate in that we live in a relatively peaceful and successful society. There are many Australians who live as neighbours in tranquility, and this is one of our greatest strengths.”

·     “However, the ‘Lucky Country’ can risk falling into complacency and squandering the very things that have worked for us for so long.”

·     “One of the risks is that we can start to take our good fortune for granted, and fail to realise that it is the result of our history, tradition, and the prudent vigilance of our past leaders.”

·     “My constituents are concerned that we are gradually eroding Australia’s cultural cohesion by accepting, on an incremental basis, more and more ideas that are incompatible with our collective way of life.”

·     “Nevertheless, I remind our critics that this Bill is specifically designed to address the issue without reference to religion; it is in fact far more moderate than the motion proposed by Federal National’s MP George Christensen. The Bill simply prohibits any face covering that conceals a person’s identity.”

·     “I hope that Australians will feel confident enough to honestly and boldly discuss this issue in the near future.”

Media inquiries:  Rev. Fred Nile MLC:            (02) 9230 2478

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The Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MLC   

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