Senator the Hon. George Brandis, the Australian Attorney-General met with some members of the National Imams Consultative Forum as well as others who are associated with the Forum on Wednesday 2 July, 2014. The Imams were invited to Canberra so that Mr Brandis could discuss with them the new legislation and seek their views. During the meeting, the Attorney-General and the Imams had the opportunity to further discuss what was highlighted during the sixth workshop of the National Imams Consultative Forum in Canberra. Key topics covered include partnership between religious leaders and the government in dealing with issues of concern to the wider Australian society, and cooperation in tackling the issue of some young Australians’ involvement in the war in Syria and Iraq. The Attorney-General also acknowledged the important role of Imams as religious leaders within their communities. The meeting demonstrates the importance of consulting religious and community leaders and their input in relation to new legislation which was successfully facilitated via the National Imams Consultative Forum. This gives the Imams confidence that their views and suggestions are being taken into consideration by policy makers.
A press conference was held after the meeting.