Finance Minister Suggests Stripping Muslims of their Citizenship if They Do Not Uphold Australian Values

February 24, 2006

Source: BBC News

On February 24, 2006 BBC News reported, "A senior member of Australia's government has suggested Muslims who do not uphold the country's values should be stripped of their citizenship. Remarks by Finance Minister Peter Costello, at a conference in Sydney, have sparked anger among leaders of Australia's Islamic community. They have insisted his comments were divisive and inflammatory. Mr Costello said migrants who did not respect Australia's laws and traditions should lose their citizenship. He singled out the Muslim community and said it had a responsibility to uphold Australian values. He insisted those people that did not were no longer welcome. Mr Costello said his remarks were directed at a 'small radical minority' and that his message had to be 'clear and unequivocal'. His speech comes at a time when racial tensions here are still simmering after the disturbances in Sydney last December."