Tracy presents some of the stories of hope from survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires that devastated Victoria, Australia nearly a year before. Martin King updates the progress of his recovery from a heart attack the previous October.
The Reverend the Honourable Fred Nile is seeking to introduce legislation to ban the burqa. He believes that full-face coverings should be banned for safety because full-face coverings are used as a disguise in criminal activities, and for society, because they are not consistent with the Australian culture and values, notably the equality of women. Nile points out that the burqa is not a religious garment and is already banned in some Muslim countries.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is calling for the creation of an Islamic state in Australia following a recent conference in Sydney. Among a number of topics, delegates believe that democracy and their faith do not mix, and that a modern, secular Islam is not true to their religion. Spokesperson Uthman Badir supports the introduction of fundamentalist Islamic law and denounces the principles of Western democracy as un-Islamic. Australians responding to the conference believe Muslims should respect the Australian way of life and not impose their beliefs on the majority.