28 February 2011
On ABC QandA - on the proposition Islamic schools in Indonesia had links to terrorism
No. No. No. That is not the - well, that's the principle the gentleman at the back is putting up and I respectfully disagree with him. I think it is very important that we continue to spend generously but, above all, effectively on foreign aid. You've got to get value and effectiveness for your dollar and that's actually that's much harder than finding the dollars.
Let me just say one thing about Islam though and Islamic, you know, schools. Is was a great mistake to assume that all Islamic schools, you know, are homes for teaching extremism. I mean that's absurd. I mean Islam is an ancient religion of great scholarship.
I mean for heaven sake much of our learning and culture came to us from the Muslims, just like, you know, our whole system of numbers and much of the learning of the ancient Greeks only survived because of the Arab scholars and the Islamic scholars. So, you know, the idea that Islam is antithetical to learning or culture or scholarship is absurd.
Now, you know, it's a great tradition. It is important for us that we promote and encourage Islamic traditions which are moderate, which support freedom, which support democracy and which support Australian values not in the sense of Aussie values but in the sense of democracy, rule of law, tolerance, freedom. That's what we're talking about and they are universal values.
16 February 2015
Does not mention Islam. "Our strongest armour is in our hearts, we defy the terrorists with love'.
27 June 2015
Tony Abbott says Islamic State 'coming after us' after spate of terror attacks overseas
Terror attacks overseas show fundamentalist militants are threatening Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.
"This illustrates yet again, as far as the Daesh death cult is concerned, they're coming after us," he said in response to recent attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait.
"We may not feel like we are at war with them, but they are certainly at war with us."
8 July 2015
Malcolm Turnbull warns against overstating threat of Islamic State, denies comments directed at PM
Malcolm Turnbull has downplayed threats to national security from the Islamic State (IS) militant group, warning against turning the counter-terrorism debate into a "caricature".
The Communications Minister denied the comments were directed at Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who consistently refers to IS as a "death cult" and has warned Australians the group is "coming to get" them.
In his prepared comments, Mr Turnbull said the danger posed by IS was not as grave as past threats to national security, such as Adolf Hitler.
"Daesh is not Hitler's Germany, Tojo's Japan or Stalin's Russia.
"Its leaders dream that they, like the Arab armies of the seventh and eighth century, will sweep across Middle East into Europe itself. They predict that before long they will be stabling their horses in the Vatican.
"Well, Idi Amin wasn't the king of Scotland either. We should be careful not to say or do things which can be seen to add credibility to these delusions."
"Tough policies can be popular — they may even be justified at the time they are conceived — but they can still be a mistake," he added, citing the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq as an example.
Laws which damaged individual freedoms played into terrorists' hands, Mr Turnbull argued.
"It's important to remember too that people in societies with an equal determination to defeat terrorism, a current threat, can have different views on what is the right balance and indeed what the right measures are.
Cabinet leaks in May revealed Mr Abbott and a group of ministers including Mr Turnbull disagreed over a policy proposal to give the Immigration Minister the power to strip the citizenship of Australian nationals.
15 September 2015
Prime Minister Turnbull
Turnbull asks for leadership spill, with support of 54 turncoats defeats Prime Minister Abbott to become PM
2 October 2015 - morning
Malcolm Turnbull to reset terror pitch to Muslims
Malcolm Turnbull will seek to recast the government’s relationship with Muslims through more co-operative and inclusive policies....
The move will see the new Prime Minister avoid the blunt and often divisive language used by his predecessor Tony Abbott, which alienated many in the Islamic community......
The Australian understands that Mr Turnbull will adopt a new, more inclusive tone in dealing with the Islamic community and has discussed the issue with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Justice Minister Michael Keenan, who both urged him to take the fresh approach.
The move, which represents a departure from the policies of the Abbott government, will be embraced by the country’s Muslims, according to community leader and GP Jamal Rifi.
“It is definitely needed and definitely welcomed — the larger Muslim community will respond with open arms,” Dr Rifi told The Australian.
He said the Muslim community was “elated” at Mr Turnbull becoming Prime Minister as the relationship with the government under Mr Abbott had become “extremely tense and hurtful”.
“Unfortunately, under the previous government we felt powerless.....now we hope that the shackles are off".
2 October 2015 - afternoon
NSW accountant Curtis Cheung shot dead by Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar
Wearing black clothing from head to toe, Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar went from Friday prayers at the Parramatta Mosque to NSW Police headquarters armed with a handgun supplied by a contact made at the Mosque.
Video footage obtained by Channel Seven shows the 15-year-old jogging past the Charles Street entrance while holding his gun above his head.
"He was holding his gun and he opened fire twice and then he did a little dance ... I was very shocked to see what he was doing," witness Roopal told Seven News.
He is heard shouting Allah-uh Akhbar at three special constables.
The constables raced from the building after Farhad walked up behind police accountant Curtis Cheng, 58, and shot him in the back of the head.
Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar.
Special constables stood over the body while another officer in plain clothes had his hands on his knees.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said he was touched by the bravery the special constables had shown.
"I don't know that I've seen a greater act of bravery than what I saw last night with these three special constables."
3 October 2015
Prime Minister Turnbull statement from his website - killing was "politically motivated"
Parramatta police station tragedy
this appears to have been an act of politically motivated violence so at this stage it appears to have been an act of terrorism. It is a shocking crime. It was a cold-blooded murder, targeting the NSW Police Service.
It was doubly shocking because it was perpetrated by a 15-year-old boy and it underlines the importance of families, communities, leaders being very aware of whether young people are becoming radicalised. It is also important that to remember that the Australian Muslim community will be especially appalled and shocked by this.
It is important to remember what I said at the outset, however, that we are utterly determined, totally united, professional and committed to ensuring Australia and its people are safe. It's also important to understand the critical importance of the collaboration, co-operation with the Muslim community. Efforts to blame or vilify the Muslim community are utterly counterproductive.
And so, today is Grand Final weekend. We go on, we lead our lives, we are a strong and confident nation.
9 October 2015
From Turnbull's website - no mention of Islam
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull convenes meeting to counter violent extremism
11 October 2015
From Turnbull's website - no mention of Islam
Government Condemns Terrorist Attack in Turkey
14 November 2015
From Turnbull's website - no mention of Islam - terror carried out in the name of God with capital G
Statement – Paris terrorist attack
......protecting freedom, is a global battle. It is a global struggle for freedom against those who seek to suppress it and seek to assert some form of religious tyranny; a threat in the name of God but is truthfully the work of the devil.
15 November 2015 - Islamic State is completely contrary to precepts of Islam
Interview with Barrie Cassidy, ABC Insiders
Well, we cannot allow our national security or our national security policies to be dictated to by terrorists. They want us to bend to their will and we will not. They want us to be frightened. They want us to change the way we go about our lives. They want us to back off standing up for freedom and standing up for the values that we are committed to. They want to establish, as they have done in parts of Syria and Iraq, in this region, they want to be able to establish a religious tyranny, one that, as the President of Indonesia was saying to me only a few days ago, one that is at odds, completely contrary, to the precepts of Islam........
......... these terrorists commit a double crime. They are murderers. They are mass murderers. They are barbarians but at the same time, they also defame religion. They defame, they blaspheme, they defame Islam.
This is - this challenge, this threat from terrorists who murder in the name of God but are utterly godless, they're very much in the forefront of the thinking of the leaders of leading Muslim nations, and they recognise that these people are defaming the religion of their own countries.
24 November 2015 - "ISIL" is weak, has more smartphones than guns
Turnbull delivers National Security Statement to Parliament
Strategically, ISIL wants to create division by fomenting resentment between non-Muslim populations and Muslims.
ISIL emerged as an extremist, terrorist group out of Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria. Their territorial gains in Syria and Iraq have fed into their narrative of conquest.
By most measures, however, ISIL is in a fundamentally weak position.
We must not be fooled by its hype. Its ideology is archaic, but its use of the Internet is very modern. ISIL has many more smartphones than guns, more twitter accounts than fighters.
It does not command broad-based legitimacy even in those areas under its direct control. It is encircled by hostile forces. It is under military pressure.
And, through its depraved actions, ISIL has strengthened the resolve of the global community, including Russia, to defeat it.
The 60 nation-strong coalition’s objective is to disrupt, degrade and ultimately to defeat ISIL. This will require a patient, painstaking full spectrum strategy. Not just military, but financial, diplomatic and political.
29 November 2015 - Turnbull has no idea about how to defeat "ISIL"
Turnbull gives this long-winded answer of waffle on question of how to defeat the "weak" Islamic State - no link to Islam
8 December 2015 - Tony Abbott takes the lead on Islam
Tony Abb0tt calls for reform of Islam
AROUND the world, terrorists screaming Allah-u-Akbar are killing decent people going about their daily lives.
So far, three innocent people have died in terrorist incidents in Australia: Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson in the Martin Place siege a year ago; and Curtis Cheng outside Parramatta police station in October.
In the past few weeks, there’s been the bombing of a Russian airliner over Sinai killing 224 people, the multiple attacks in Paris killing 130, bombings in the Middle East killing 75, the massacre of 12 people in California (it now seems), and a four-day lockdown of Brussels.
Dealing with terrorism and the Islamist fanaticism that inspires it is the great challenge of our time.
Surveys of British and French Muslims typically show up to 30 per cent sympathising with the aims if not the methods of Islamic State.
...we can’t remain in denial about the massive problem within Islam.
Islam has never had its own version of the reformation and the enlightenment or a consequent acceptance of pluralism and the separation of church and state. Fortunately, there are numerous Muslim leaders who think their faith needs to modernise from the kill-or-be-killed milieu of the Prophet Muhammed.
A year ago, President el-Sisi of Egypt told the imams of the Al-Azhar University in Cairo that Islam needed nothing less than a “religious revolution” to correct centuries of false ideas that were making Islam a menace to the wider world.
When Islamic State first swept into Iraq, Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia said that it was “against God, against Islam and against our common humanity”.
Islam needs to delegitimise the urge to “behead all those who insult the Prophet” but only Muslims can do this.
Saturday’s Daily Telegraph reported local Muslim leaders blaming Islamic State on Western foreign policy but this self-excusing rubbish ignores the fact that the death cult’s victims have mostly been Muslims who think differently.
It’s also time Australians stopped being apologetic about the values that have made our country as free, fair and prosperous as any on earth.
Cultures are not all equal.
We should be ready to proclaim the clear superiority of our culture to one that justifies killing people in the name of God.
Tony Abbott's views are supported by many in his party, including former SAS Captain and member for Stirling Andrew Hastie.
9 December 2015 - Turnbull responds
Malcolm Turnbull fires back at Tony Abbott over calls for revolution within Islam
Malcolm Turnbull repudiates Tony Abbott on Islam
'Don't make the mistake... of tagging every single Muslim with the responsibility for the crimes of a few' says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has fired back at calls by his predecessor Tony Abbott for a "religious revolution" within Islam by cautioning against blaming all Muslims for Islamic State terrorist attacks.
Mr Abbott called for a "hearts and minds campaign against the versions of Islam that make excuses for terrorists" in an opinion piece on Wednesday, saying Islam had not undergone an equivalent version of the Reformation and Enlightenment in Christian nations.
"I'm not sure what the response is other than to say that he's entitled to his opinion," Mr Turnbull told ABC radio.
9 December 2015 - afternoon - Turnbull enlists ASIO to attack Abbott supporters
Malcolm Turnbull meets with Andrew Hastie to discuss the SAS Captain's opinions on Islam.
I T was a phone call from ASIO chief Duncan Lewis to rookie Liberal MP and SAS hero Andrew Hastie that the MP calls a “a bolt from the blue’’.
And it is even more intriguing, when you know that the day before the ASIO chief called, Malcolm Turnbull had sat down with Hastie in Perth on December 9 and discussed his views on Islam. That same day, the Sunday Herald Sun has learned, the Prime Minister personally texted the ASIO chief Hastie’s mobile phone number.
This is a version of events at odds with Mr Turnbull’s public remarks. On Friday, he said: “I haven’t given Duncan Lewis any — I haven’t asked him to do, to make, give any advice to anybody.’’
Hastie is one of a group of MPs, including Tony Abbott, calling for an open debate about links between Islamic theological teachings and terrorism, a theory that Turnbull and the ASIO chief do not share. He does not recall the PM telling him on December 9 the ASIO chief may call.
“When the head of ASIO calls, you pick up,’’ he said.
Hastie wants to maintain the “integrity of the conversation’’. But other MPs insist the former SAS commander was asked by the ASIO chief, a family friend, to pass on ASIO’s message to other MPs. This is where it all went horribly wrong.
END OF PART ONE
Prime Minister Turnbull's past 30 days have been fascinating as he swings around like a weather vane on the link between Islam and murderous terror.
Where Tony Abbott is crystal clear on the cause - the kill-or-be-killed milieu of the Prophet Muhammed - until yesterday Turnbull continued to pretend there was no link at all.
What led Turnbull to yesterday's begrudging statement in Washington DC - “We should not be so delicate as to say ISIL and its ilk have got nothing to do with Islam"?
You can read all about that here in Part Two.