CALL OUT RADICAL ISLAM
PM’s bold challenge to religious leaders
PRIME Minister Scott Morrison says Muslim leaders must “call out” radical Islam in the wake of Melbourne’s Bourke Street terror attack.
Mr Morrison attacked the “radical and dangerous ideology of extremist Islam” that inspired Hassan Khalif Shire Ali to blow up his ute and stab three people on Friday.
“Here in Australia we would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact that the greatest threat of religious extremism in this country is the radical and dangerous ideology of extremist Islam,” the PM said.
WA’s Labor MP Anne Aly accused him of “dividing the community”.
“I don’t care how politically desperate you are, now is not the right time to use language that’s going to divide the community,” the Cowan MP said.
Cafe owner Sisto Malaspina, 74, died after he was stabbed in the neck, prompting an outpouring of tributes yesterday.
ROD Patterson rushed to help one of the victims and was stabbed in the head by Bourke Street terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali.
The retired Tasmanian, who moved to Melbourne to be closer to his children, is now recovering in hospital. A young security guard also received upper body stab wounds.
“I went to assist and whilst doing so received a knife wound to my head,” the 58-year-old said from his hospital bed. He said his thoughts were with the other victims and the police officers involved.
Mr Patterson, pictured, had been with wife Maree “having a great day” in the city when the attack happened. “We both appreciate everyone’s support during this difficult time, and our thoughts are also with the other victims, families and police officers involved,” he said.