Australia: Muslims call for stricter hate crime laws to go with national security powers

He must be a H8TR!The Queensland Muslim community has called for a lower threshold for arrest and increased penalties for people convicted of hate crimes that can be linked to the introduction of national security legislation.

A submission to a parliamentary committee endorsed by a large number of groups and individuals underlines how the current debate has inflamed racial and religious tension, with Muslims the main target.

As Australian Muslims celebrated the festival of Eid al-Adha over the weekend, community leaders gathered widespread support for the submission, which calls for increased penalties to offset the effects of the foreign fighters bill. It was signed by more than 650 people or organisations, including the Islamic Council of Queensland and the Council of Imams of Queensland…