Wasim Raza, Muslim Cemetery Trust, Ahmad Kamaledine, Muslim Cemetery Trust, Katrina Hodgkinson, Minister for Primary Industries, Sheikh Yahia Safi, Immam Lakemba Mosque, Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities.
Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, Vic Alhadeff, Chief Executive Officer NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Katrina Hodgkinson, Minister for Primary Industries, David Knoll AM, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Yair Miller, President NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.
More Burial Sites Welcomed, But Action Was Not Soon Enough
Monday, 2nd April 2012
MORE BURIAL SITES WELCOMED, BUT ACTION WAS NOT SOON ENOUGH
Labor MLC Shaoquett Moselmane today welcomed the addition of 6,000 new Muslim burial plots to Sydney's Rookwood Necropolis, but criticised the fact that it was only done in the face of a six month shortage.
"I have been campaigning for some time to have the amount of burial space available to the Muslim and other communities increased, and it's good to finally see some action on this," he said.
Mr Moselmane said that while the Islamic community in NSW would welcome this increase, it did not come soon enough.
"Soon after the last election, I highlighted the need for the new Government to continue the groundwork made by the previous Labor Government," he said.
"It's a shame that this Government only acted to address this issue when they were facing a shortage of Muslim burial plots within the next six months."
"I hope that other communities don't have to wait this long in the future."
Mr Moselmane highlighted his speech in the Legislative Council on 25 May 2011 where he called on the NSW Government to act immediately on the shortage of burial sites for other faiths.
" I call on the relevant Minister to progress the work of the former Minister for Lands, the Hon. Tony Kelly, in addressing the shortage of burial grounds for many minority ethnic and religious groups.
This problem is most prominent in the Muslim, Buddhist, Vietnamese, Chinese, Coptic, Assyrian and other communities, to name a few."
The Hon Shaoquett Moselmane MLC
Hansard, NSW Legislative Council
25 May 2011
Shaoquett Moselmane is the first Islamic Member of Parliament in New South Wales Australia.
The NSW Government announced that 6,000 new burial plots would be made available for the Islamic community at Sydney's Rookwood Necropolis on April 2, 2012.
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