Religious groups are now calling for the removal of the term “Muslim” from the Australian Capital Territory’s census forms.
Queensland’s First Peoples Council, which represents Aboriginal Australians, said in a statement that “the term ‘Muslim’ was used to exclude, vilify and discriminate against Aboriginal Australians”.
“It is time for the Territory Government to re-impose the term ‘Queenslanders’ on the Census forms,” the group said.
“The term ‘Muslims’ was created to exclude and discriminate in a way that was not based on shared heritage, or shared beliefs.”
The First Peoples council’s president, David Sorensen, said the group’s statement was a “truly historic moment” in the history of the census.
Mr Sorense said the organisation was “extremely disappointed” that the Territory had not taken a stronger stance on the issue.
He said it was “very clear” that “a lot of Australians” wanted to see the term removed.
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