"One of the reasons we stepped forward is to confront racism head on andto confront Islamaphobia head on," said Kaysar Trad, spokesman for
"We owe it to this nation to stand up to racists and make a positivepolitical stand," Trad told Reuters.
Like any other Western state, a wave of discrimination and Islamophobia emergedin
During the election campaign, Christian Democrat leader Reverend Fred Nilecalled for a 10-year ban on Muslim immigrants to give priority to Christiansfleeing persecution. He also urged the government to carry out a study toexamine the effects of Muslim immigration.
Among the Muslim candidates is former
However, Habib campaigns emotionally against the
"Why do we send people to war. People do not know the truth. Some one hasto watch what the government is doing and I believe I can do that," Habibtold supporters in
Habib, who was released from
None of the Muslim candidates represent major political parties; they areeither independents or stand for minor parties.
"The major parties seem to be caught up too much in Islamaphobia and theyseem to be too frightened to run a Muslim," said Trad.
"They are indirectly saying they have an Islamaphobic, racistconstituency, and we want to prove them wrong. We want to prove to them thatthe people of
Silma Ihram, who will run for the small Democrat party, says minorities in
"The many struggles that I have had to endure on behalf of an Australianminority and the difficulty I have found in obtaining a worthwhile politicalhearing has colored my attitude to politics," Ihram said.
Even if none of the Muslim candidates win Saturday's elections, the candidateshope that more Muslims will participate in the national election expected laterin 2007.
"It is in the hands of God, it is in the hands of the public. If we do notwin this one, we will go to the federal (election), no big deal," saysHabib.
It's worth mentioning that
Unfortunately, the party isn't expected to be established in time for the nextnational election.
"We've been trying to encourage as many Muslims as possible to take anactive interest in politics," Trad said. "It's not necessarilysomething that will result in a member of parliament in the short term. It maytake a number of elections."
Source:AgenciesGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16