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Muslim leaders are hopeful the nation can move on from the divisions they believe were nurtured in the last months of the Abbott government.
Muslim leaders have called on Malcolm Turnbull to bring an end to the politics of blame they believe impacted their communities under the prime ministership of Tony Abbott.
Keysar Trad, spokesman for the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, says he is hopeful Mr Turnbull will serve the interests of all Australians.
“Certainly the last period of the Abbott government saw more brazen attitudes from groups like Reclaim Australia and attacks on Islam, the Senate inquiry into halal certification; all these things that were very, very divisive in Australian society and seemed to find their nurturing grounds in the last few months of the Abbott government,” Mr Trad told AAP.
Mr Turnbull is set to become Australia’s 29th prime minister after ousting Mr Abbott as Liberal leader on Monday, winning a late-night showdown by 54-44 votes.
Mr Trad said on Tuesday he would write to Mr Turnbull in the coming days to congratulate him and to also seek a dialogue.
“Malcolm Turnbull does come across as progressive and as pragmatic, and let’s just hope that within this pragmatism there’s a good appreciation for a diverse nation,” Mr Trad said.
“Our diversity is part our tremendous wealth, it’s part of our richness, and let’s hope he can nurture that positively.”