Geert Wilders went to Australia and the whole country was in an uproar, with venues canceling left and right -- there has been considerably less concern over this. "Extremists being invited here: Bernardi," from NineMSN.com, March 12 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has slammed an upcoming Islamic conference which he says will feature "extremists and purveyors of hate".
The three-day Australian Islamic Peace Conference is billed as the "largest, the biggest and the best-ever Islamic event in the history of Australia" and will kick off this weekend in Melbourne.
Conference organisers, the Islamic Research and Educational Academy, have come under fire for inviting Saudi cleric Abdul Rahman al-Sudais.
Al-Sudais has in the past reportedly called for violent jihad and for the annihilation of Jews.
Senator Bernardi says other speakers who have been invited to the conference are noted for their support of Osama bin Laden.
"It's hard for even the stoutest defender of freedom of speech to defend the poison that is peddled by this lot," he told parliament on Tuesday, adding that a number of speakers were extremists and preachers of hate.
A spokeswomen for Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor said al-Sudais had not yet applied for a visa to visit Australia....