No place for Patriots of Defence League here - Landry

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry says groups like the Patriots Defence League have no place in Australian society.

Her comments come after the first Rockhampton meeting of the Patriots Defence League Australia, which was initially to be held near a local mosque.

The small gathering, described by the group as being "in support of Anti-Terror raids and laws", was held on Sunday after being moved to Central Park.

The club's national Facebook page describes itself as "defending our beautiful way of life" and talks about banning the burqa and the Islamic faith in Australia.

The Central Queensland page has posted about women wearing burqas in Stockland Rockhampton as well as calling for people to boycott Halal certified food.

Concerned members of the community contacted The Morning Bulletin about the group's page.

Ms Landry said she did not want to see these types of groups cause trouble in the region.

Instead, she said Central Queensland's multiculturalism should be celebrated with peace and respect in the community.

"(These groups) need to calm down and meet (Rockhampton's Islamic community) and see they're just normal human beings," Ms Landry said.

Following the increase in Australia's terror threat level, Ms Landry said people needed to keep a cool head.

"We want people to be vigilant, not vigilantes."

Ms Landry said there were instances when people wearing the burqa could be asked to reveal their face for identification, but their religious beliefs should be respected.

The Morning Bulletin made attempts yesterday to contact the Patriots Defence League Central Queensland Chapter and the Islamic Society of Central Queensland for comment.



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