Muslim Immigration Likened to Bird Flu

August 23, 2007

Author: Nick Ralston

Source: Herald Sun,21985,22294676-5005961,00.html

A NSW Senate candidate has compared the immigration of Muslims to Australia to the bird flu and says it should stop.

Christian Democratic Party (CDP) Senate candidate Paul Green called today for a moratorium on Muslim immigration while a study on its social impacts was carried out.

He said it would be easier to carry out such a study with the country's Muslim population at 300,000, rather than three million at a later date.

A study would also give the Australian people a chance to have a say on the immigration program, Mr Green said.

He said that in the last 12 months, a number of local Muslim senior clerics had made statements that were not of "the Australian nature".

"If there was bird flu coming from a people's group across the nation would we not halt, assess the risk management of what it means to Australia and then assess the factors and then say, is it not safe to continue that or withhold it until it is dealt with," he said.