Statement on Hizb ut-Tahrir

Release Date: 
13 April 2017
Media release

The Facebook video posted by Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia condoning and encouraging violence against women is abhorrent. These attitudes have no place in modern Australia.

Attempts to teach the next generation of young Australian Muslims that violence from a husband to a wife is acceptable is completely out of touch with community standards and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Domestic violence is abuse – plain and simple. It is not, “a beautiful blessing” as the video describes it.

Also, I am deeply concerned that one of the participants in the video discussion is a primary school teacher, given the important leadership role she holds with young impressionable children.

On average, at least one woman is murdered a week by a partner or former partner and one in three Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15.

There is one law that applies to all Australians. The Turnbull Government will not tolerate lesser standards being applied to certain communities of Australian women.

Offensive attitudes like those in the video run counter to what we are trying to teach young Australians. I condemn them in the strongest possible terms.