Farrer MP and Health Minister Sussan Ley has blasted the Australian Liberty Alliance party as a “threat to an inclusive and tolerant Australian society”.
Jillian Pattinson asked from the crowd, at Monday’s Farrer forum at the Albury Club, about ALA candidate Ron Pike’s support for a 10-year ban on immigration to Australia from most Islamic countries.
Ms Ley said there was a chance the ALA could win Senate seats and the Liberals had preferenced them last.
She had dined with the Border’s Islamic community at the Mirambeena Community Centre on Sunday.
“I challenge anyone who has these views to look at the children at that event in the eye and tell them that they come from a religion, a culture or a society which has its preferences, its roots or indications in terrorism,” she said.
Mr Pike said his party was not anti-Muslim but “the growth of radical Islam is raising its head across many countries in the Western world”.