Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has denied that he tried to stoke fears about Muslim immigration during a party room meeting in 2010.
In an interview with national television with host Waleed Aly on Friday, 22 March, the premier rejected the idea that the governing Liberal-National Party coalition (LNP) has an Islamophobia problem.
According to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), in his editorial, Aly cited media reports of a senior Liberal in a shadow cabinet meeting in 2010 suggesting the party use community concerns about Muslims, failing to integrate as a political strategy to gain votes.
The Prime Minister’s office strongly criticised that report and claimed aspects of it were defamatory.
Morrison said the discussion took place while the Liberal Party was in opposition but said his contribution was in trying to “lower” community fears.