Islamophobia in Australia: Politicians accused of stoking hatred

Flowers and messages outside Lakemba Mosque in Sydney. The nation has been coming to grips with the devastating mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Flowers and messages outside Lakemba Mosque in Sydney. The nation has been coming to grips with the devastating mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

In Australia, an extraordinary primetime television debate took place on Thursday night which pitted the Prime Minister, Mr Scott Morrison, against Mr Waleed Aly, one of the nation's most prominent broadcasters and who is also a practising Muslim.

The confrontation took place as the nation has been coming to grips with the devastating mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, over which an Australian has been charged. The 28-year-old comes from a small town north of Sydney.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'Australia: Politicians accused of stoking hatred'. Subscribe