“My Vote Matters” calls out Islamophobes standing for parliament”
The May 18 Federal Election campaign has been blighted by the proliferation of micro-parties and candidates that have a blatantly Islamophobic agenda.
With over half-a-million views and counting, the My Vote Matters online campaign has identified nine micro-parties that are running on an anti-Muslim platform including the usual suspects such as One Nation and Rise Up Australia plus some new ones such as the innocuously named Yellow Vest Australia.
“Even by the recent low standards in Australian political rhetoric, the disgracefully divisive and hateful statements and stunts pulled by these would-be representatives are disturbing” lamented ICV President Mohamed Mohideen.
Commencing last year with the Victorian state election campaign, My Vote Matters aims to encourage Muslims to become politically engaged by exercising their right to vote and by being informed about the policies and issues that impact them.
With the support of Muslims Australia (AFIC), the ICV extended the campaign to this year’s federal election producing enrol-to-vote and how-to-vote material, and a comprehensive policy scorecard comparing the policy positions of the major parties on the key issues.
Muslims make up a significant percentage in over thirty federal electorates, many of them considered marginal. Their concerns are as diverse as the community itself, but collectively they want to see action against hate speech and vilification of their faith.
“There has never been a more important time for the Australian Muslim community to make their voices heard” says Mr Mohideen.
Visit the My Vote Matters website (myvotematters.com.au) and Facebook page to get the latest.
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For further information contact ICV Media Spokesperson Adel Salman 0421 059 095