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Thursday, 1 August 2019
Page: 1827

Morrison Government

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the Opposition) (14:13): My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister comfortable with the government's decision both to permit Mr Raheem Kassam to enter Australia and to allow government members to share a public platform with him when Mr Kassam has made many extreme comments, including remarks about the Scottish First Minister that I'm certain he'd agree are both misogynistic and completely unacceptable?

Mr COLEMAN ( Banks Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs ) ( 14:14 ): In relation to the question, of course, all applications to enter Australia are dealt with under the provisions of the Migration Act, and all non-citizens must meet the character test. For people who may hold controversial views, any impact of those views must always be balanced against Australia's well-established principles of freedom of speech, but I won't be making any comments about specific applications or cases.

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition on a point of order?

Mr Albanese: Yes, Mr Speaker, on a point of order: the question also went to whether the Prime Minister's comfortable with government members sharing a platform with this bloke. So I—

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat. Just again, for the information of those asking questions, the Practice makes it very clear: the Prime Minister can refer any question to any minister.