09 December 2015

Tony Abbott: Societies can't 'remain in denial about the massive problem within Islam'

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has said Islam must change and called for a "hearts and minds campaign against the versions of Islam that make excuses for terrorists".

In an opinion piece for News Corp, Mr Abbott writes that societies "can't remain in denial about the massive problem within Islam" after terrorist attacks in Paris and the Middle East, the deaths of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson in the Martin Place siege last year and Curtis Cheng outside Parramatta police station in October.

"Dealing with terrorism and the Islamist fanaticism that inspires it is the great challenge of our time," he writes.

And Australians should stop apologising for the Western values that "have made our country as free, fair and prosperous as any on Earth." [The Sydney Morning Herald] Read more