Trump Administration Lists Bendigo Mosque High Court Challenge A Threat To Religious Freedom

Report released in Washington

Trump Administration Lists Bendigo Mosque High Court Challenge A Threat To Religious Freedom Bendigo mosque proposal by the Tomkinson Group

The Trump administration has listed a High Court appeal against building a mosque in Bendigo in a new report released in Washington.

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The annual assessment of religious intolerance and persecution came out Wednesday, published by U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, with a whole chapter devoted to issues in Australia.

The report says the federal High Court threw out a request to hear an appeal against the construction of a mosque in Bendigo, June 2016.

Two Bendigo residents were fighting the Mosque's construction, in particular Julie Hoskin, who has since been elected to The City of Greater Bendigo council.

The matter went to the High Court because the challenge was dismissed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and then the State Court of Appeal.

The failed case cost $200 000, and was mostly crowd-funded by supporters of the anti-mosque group.

Premier Daniel Andrews welcomed the High Court's decision.

Tillerson's report continues to highlight much of the anti-mosque construction debate focused on "zoning reasons" but many local residents just opposed mosques in general.

The paper also mentions a quote from the Australian Muslims of Bendigo:

"We believe the decision is in line with every Australian’s constitutional right to practice their faith.” 

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