Tony Abbott backs Jacqui Lambie’s attack on ‘feminist religion’ Islam

Lambie and Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied had a heated debate on the ABC's Q&A program
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Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie during her Q&A appearance on Monday.

Jacqui Lambie has a surprise backer in her fight with Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied: former PM Tony Abbott.

Abbott told The Australian in an exclusive interview that Abdel-Magied “must have been wearing a blindfold” when she toured a number of Islamic countries at taxpayers’ expense.

Tasmanian senator Lambie and the 25-year-old activist got into a fiery debate on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday after Lambie criticised the treatment of women under Sharia law.

“Islam is the most feminist religion,” Abdel-Magied shot back, as the discussion descended into a shouting match that had to be quelled by host Tony Jones.

Speaking to The Australian, Abbott said: “If she’s right that ‘Islam is a feminist religion,’ how come such terrible things are done to women in its name?”.

This week it emerged that Abdel-Magied had been on a tour last November to Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, Jordan, the West Bank, Israel, Egypt and Sudan to promote her book about being a Sudanese-Egypt­ian-Australian Muslim woman who wears the hijab.

The Australian reported that the tour was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

DFAT told The Australian that it covered the cost of the tour because Abdel-Magied was promoting Australia as an “open, innovative, democratic and diverse nation,” but declined to reveal the cost of the tour.

A group of prominent Muslims and Islamic organisations have called on the ABC to apologise for the nature of the Q&A debate, which they said violated the national broadcaster’s principles.

Meanwhile, Lambie yesterday pushed on with her campaign to ban the burqa and other head coverings in public places.

Speaking in the senate about her private member’s bill, she said Muslim women had been emboldened by her proposed ban and comments on Islam.

What do you make of claims that Islam is a “feminist religion”? Do you think Jacqui Lambie is right to fight for a ban on head coverings?

  1. What I would like to know is why is our Government paying for Abdel-Magies to go on a tour at taxpayers expense to promote her book, doesnt matter what the book is about, she should be paying for her own tours, the government keep saying they have to raise taxes well maybe they need to stop all the spending of tax payers money on their own agenda’s.

    • Alan hubbard  

      And what does she hope to achieve by promoting Australia to these nasty nations? Is she trying to encourage more of them to come out here we don’t want their silly dollars just piss off and stay away. I’m not being racist when I say head coverings face coverings should be banned in public in Australia it has nothing to do with race no one, repeat no one should be allowed to cover their face in public simples

  2. Claire  

    What benefit did ordinary Australians get from this junket ? Would love to know how to get on that particular gravy train.

    • You just write a book about Muslims, it seems- she should be sent back there and see how much she gets away with it in Muslim countries!

  3. Guy Flavell  

    That hysterical cow on Q&A was nothing but an ABC stooge spouting her dishonest views
    about the status of females in Islamic society … egged on by that moron Jones. Jacqui was
    just brilliant and demolished both these nongs beautifully.

    • Colin  

      The hysterical cow was the narrow minded racist Lambie

      • Guy Flavell  

        Well, I guess every article on SA60 has to attract at least one moron out from under his rock. You easily win the prize Mate !!

      • Diana  

        Islam is NOT a race, it is a RELIGION. You, along with so many, are hysterical when the word Islam comes up. Jacqui Lambe was not a racist, she was talking about how women are treated in Middle Eastern countries and saying that if they are living here then they should not be wearing the full face covering. Get your facts right.

  4. Maria Baker  

    Shame on our goverment spending our taxes on a woman promoting a so called feminist book about their lifestyle in Australia. We are a christian first nation ,yes we do have lots of other beliefs here ,but they dont go overseas promoting. You dont like our way of life dont come here.

    • Colin  

      No we r not a Christian nation . Christians do not act or behave this way . And the narrow minded bigot tony abbot is no ringing endorsement

      • Chris  

        Well Colin there is a verse in the bible which says don’t cast your pearl before the swine, it is one thing to be Christian and another to stand up for a culture who beats, stones and kills women and rapes little girls as part of their male dominated society, they are the swine

  5. What the Hell are WE paying her Travel Costs for?? Is she giving back the profits from the sale of her book, if she sells any? Talk about crawling to the Muslims. I agree 100% with Lambie. And we are being told that we have to cut back, cut back, but then this is done. Talk about double standards. This is NOT a Muslim Country, and never will be.

  6. Peta Cashion  

    Shame on Abdel-Magies for taking the trip at our expense, why does she and all other minorities have to keep pushing their views at us normal easy going Australian people.

  7. Gillian Hadley  

    Fight on Jacqui. You say the things that the majority of Australians are thinking. Am glad to see that Tony Abbot has your back on this one!

    • desleigh clarke  

      Me too, good on you Jacqui, That Yassmin should take a long hard look at her “religion of peace” , maybe even read some history about their precious”prophet”, mass murderer & rapist of little girls – actually that is still going on in this “religion”.

  8. Garry Bates  

    1. The Government should not have paid for her overseas tour to promote her book. 2. Jacquie Lambie’s attack proved that she (Jacquie) knows very little about Sharia and what it means to muslims. No one complains about catholics following canon law. 3. I have more of a problem with young males getting round with hoodies drawn over their heads than I do with any muslim’s women’s headwear.

    • Sandy Balfour  

      Absolutely – agree completely.

    • Diane Gregory  

      Garry Bates – Regarding your point 2 – catholics don’t push canon law down the throats of ordinary citizens – anywhere! Or try to impose it on a democracy like Sharia law is being pushed in many countries not just Australia

    • Glen  

      How do we know these woman (or could be men) aren’t carrying a suicide bomb into one of our shopping centres or highly populated area under these very loose garment. What would happen to me if I entered one of these areas with a hoodie and my face covered?

  9. Phill Howlete  

    Where can I apply for a DEFAT trip to the UK and Europe to promote my new book. In the first chapter I make reference to Australia and what a great open minded, free society it has. And I mention too that the Australian government has publicly committed to ‘never ever’ submitting to sharia law. (They have, haven’t they?)

  10. Patricia Walker  

    Yet another free loader travelling at the tax payers expense to promote her book because it promotes Australia as an “open, innovative, democratic and diverse nation”. How on earth can the DFAT justify this spending? We are not a muslim country, nor do we need that smug woman to encourage more to come here in her book. What on earth are our Government thinking of? Haven’t we just had several investigations on Government minister claimind false travel expenses. Now this! I despair!

  11. Dianne  

    Why did we pay for this trip. If she wants to go home for a visit pay yourself. Would rather get my knowledge re women and the Isalmic faith from Ayan Hiris Ali a Sudanese woman who lived under these horrid regimes and escaped
    rather than a person reared in Australia who has not had to fight for freedom in any way.

  12. Mageed Khan  

    Although I don’t agree with government funded trips, I also don’t agree with bigotry, I have met with this girls parents, they don’t agree with their former governments treatment of non muslims, they are nice people, that is why they are here in our wonderful country, I am not sure about Lambie, I think she is very ignorant about Islam.

    • Robert  

      There is obviously know doubt where your origins and values lay

    • John Doherty  

      You would say that because you are a Muslim if I am correct, and follow that despicable cult of Islam

    • Gerry  

      We as australians don’t need to know about Sharia,
      THEY need to know about australian law

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