In a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into multiculturalism, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) also requested that taxpayers help fund the expansion of Islamic schools and halal food outlets.
BARNABUS The submission claimed that Muslims were limited from taking part in civic life when cut off from essential services such as Islamic schools, mosques and halal food. It stated: “If the Government and politicians cannot recognise this as essential, it should no longer accuse the Australian Muslim community of intentionally living in enclaves.”
Muslim leaders have commented by saying that sharia is already being used in Australia to end hundreds of marriages a year. It is also being used by imams in business disputes and neighbourhood fights.
There is no such thin as a “little” sharia. If small concessions are made to those Muslims who want to incorporate elements of sharia into national law, they will be followed by a succession of larger requests designed continuously to extend the reach of Islamic law within Western societies.