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Bowen questioned over entry of controversial preacher

Bowen questioned over entry of controversial preacher

The department of immigration and the federal government has been met with criticism over allowing a controversial British Islamic leader, labelled as a hate preacher by the coalition, in[one word]to the country.

Taji Mustafa was granted an immigration visa and has made a number of controversial speeches at some Muslim rallies before having already left the country.

He made speeches sympathising with the protesters in the violent attacks on September 15 while being hosted by the Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation.

The immigration department insists that Taji Mustafa broke no laws before entering the country and protocol was followed as per usual. The government says that Hizb ut-Tahrir isn't an illegal organisation and therefore there was no way to deny a visa.

Mustafa has supported the protesters but told the ABC that any demonstration needs to peaceful in order to get the message across clearly and without public outrage.

The federal opposition questioned the allowance of this man into Australia during question time, whilst the government insisted that everything was above board.

"Will the minister explain why the government allows preachers of hate into our country?" asked Julie Bishop.

"This entry permit was issued in accordance with the normal procedures for British nationals. This individual was not on the movement alert list because he is not speaking at an organisation that is prescribed in Australia," said Chris Bowen.

But the opposition argues that despite Bowen's claims that he was powerless to do anything, this is in fact wrong. The opposition was first aware of Mustafa's imminent arrival last week and sent a letter detailing their concern to the federal government before the riots through the streets of the Sydney CBD.

The Australian newspaper says that both political parties have disallowed holocaust denier David Irving entry when applied with the character test.

Mr Bowen said he would consider the deportation of any foreigners involved in those Saturday riots after any criminal proceedings take place. This action has been welcomed by both sides of politics with coalition MP George Christensen telling the ABC that foreign law breakers shouldn't be allowed to stay in Australia.

"I think the average Australian would think (that) if you're engaging in violence and you weren't an Australian citizen, jump on the first plane and head back to where you come from because that stuff is just simply not on in this nation," he said.

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