Just days have passed since the horrific attack on worshippers at Christchurch and the emotions of feeling cold and gloomy are still fresh. We'd like to say to the families of the victims that though we're a few thousand kilometres apart, we feel your pain and suffering. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all families of the victims. We can't imagine what they must be going through, with 50 confirmed dead at the hand of merciless killers.
We must be vigilant at all times and we must take responsibility to report all types of extremism. Extremism is rejection of the positive values of modern society, like democracy, pluralism, free speech and tolerance. This attack failed miserably because it only united us, regardless of our differences. Our Prime Minister walked into Lakemba Mosque to denounce Senate Fraser Anning's unsympathetic statement that this attack was inevitable due to Muslim migration.
He misquoted the Bible and took Matthew 26:52 out of context. "All who take the sword will perish by the sword." He misunderstands the provisions in the Bible. I am a Muslim and I can say with confidence that Christianity, the Bible, does not support Senator Anning's interpretation and personal views in any form. He's an embarrassment to the Christian religion, which teaches nothing but peace and love.
I thank our Australian Government by taking hate speech seriously and by setting an example by preventing those guilty of it from entering Australia. Free speech is essential in our democratic society but it must be done without spreading hate of any sort. Our society, the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-I-Islam (Lahore) held a special prayer for the victims, their families and for the people of New Zealand.
General Secretary, Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-I-Islam (Lahore), South-West Sydney
Reply to last week's letter
The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has announced planning to begin on four extra Metro routes for Sydney which includes a game-changing extension of Metro South-West from Bankstown to Liverpool. This will provide more direct services from Liverpool to the city, slashing travel times with a turn-up-and-go service every four minutes. The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is also committed to an extension of the existing line from Leppington to the Badgerys Creek airport hub interchange, connecting with the North-South Link and East-West Link, providing extra connectivity across the south-west. We have committed $50 million toward a business case for the North-South Rail Line which includes assessing this extension which is due to be completed later this year. The NSW Liberals and Nationals are committed to developing a metro rail network across Sydney. Labor's only plan is to cancel projects.
Liberal Liverpool candidate
For some unknown reason Fairfield Council decided our street needed a sign. You'd think after 30 or so years of the street name being "Lanceley" that the council could at least spell it correctly on the new sign. But no! They forgot to put in an "E" in. It should be spelt Lanceley
Fairfield Council responds: Thanks for letting us know. The sign was replaced yesterday morning.
Reply to last week's letter
I reply to Daniel Singleton's letter last week where he listed electorate candidates and the need for local candidates with local knowledge and experience in the area. I agree that candidates should have the experience of living in the area and having a real understanding of the residents they wish to represent. While I currently live in the state seat of Holsworthy, I spent most of my life living in the electorate of Liverpool and therefore believe I have the local knowledge and experience, unlike out-of-area candidates. I've been a resident of Liverpool for over 55 years. I was born, raised and educated there and raised my family there. I'm proud to have been born in Liverpool to migrant parents, growing up on market gardens at Leppington (now Edmondson Park) and Rossmore before moving to Liverpool West, Prestons, Casula and back to Prestons. I went to Leppington, Rossmore and Liverpool West primary schools, Liverpool Boys High and Liverpool TAFE. I seek to advocate in the best interests of Liverpool residents.