The ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis has appeared on Sunrise to discuss whether there is a place for Islamic law in Australia.

The discussion, moderated by the breakfast show’s host Melissa Doyle, also included Ikebal Patel, the president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

This is the text of Wendy’s opening statement:

The Australian Christian Lobby supports freedom of religion but we are opposed to Sharia law being introduced in Australia. Australia is a country that is open to people from all cultural and religious backgrounds and we operate under a system where we are all equal under the law, and that includes men and women. Unfortunately around the world today there are many countries that do not have that freedom, including many who are operating under Sharia law.