Minister for Women Pru Goward and Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello have condemned a Festival of Dangerous Ideas event entitled “Honour killings are morally justified” to be held at the Sydney Opera House in August.
“To say honour killings are morally justified is outrageous. I cannot say strongly enough, Australians denounce this barbaric practice,” Ms Goward said.
“The justification of honour killings has no place in this country, and frankly I’m surprised the idea is being entertained.
“For more than 20 years, I have passionately and fervently fought for women’s rights. Free speech is one thing, but to advocate the ‘honour’ killing of women is abhorrent and goes against Australian values.
“If Hizb ut-Tahrir is trying to improve cultural understanding, I have a tip for them; promoting honour killings is not the way to do it.”
Mr Dominello said any public discussion which served to defend the practice of honour killings had no place in Australia.
“Allowing one of our most precious cultural institutions to be used as a forum to justify the murder of innocent women is outrageously reckless.
“Our democracy and the freedoms of speech within it are precious and we cannot allow them to be abused in this way. To put forward this point of view is contemptuous of these privileges.
“This event has no place in our multicultural society and is abhorrent to our values,” he said.