Muslim leaders to boycott PM meeting

Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, Mufti of , has declined to meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.Muslim leaders will boycott a proposed meeting with Scott Morrison over his comments about how they should do more to combat extremism.
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However, the prime minister says the private meeting will still go ahead with those who want to seriously deal with the issue “rather than look the other way”.

The group of leaders, including Grand Mufti IbrahimAbuMohamed, signed a letter on Tuesday night telling the prime minister they won’t attend the meeting.

“ManyintheMuslimcommunity… aredeeplyconcernedand disappointedwithstatementsmadebysenior government ministersandthe prime ministerintherecentpast, whichinferthatthecommunityiscollectivelyculpablefor thecriminalactionsofindividuals andshouldbedoingmoretopreventsuchactsof violence,” the letter said.

“Thesestatementshaveachievednothingtoaddressunderlyingissues,but rather,havealienatedlargesegmentsoftheMuslimcommunity.”

They say they were invited to a meeting this week after Mr Morrison postponed an earlier meeting.

The n Federation of Islamic Councils said there was no agenda for the proposed meeting, and Mr Morrison has not responded to concerns sent to him on November 12.

Mr Morrison told Islamic leaders they need to do more to combat extremism after a man stabbed another man to death in Melbourne’s Bourke Street on November 11.

“The objective of the proposed meeting disregards many of the points that our community had raised in the past week and which we believe need to be discussed in a frank and honest manner prior to any discussion about solutions,” AFIC said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr Morrison tweeted in response to the statements that he had privately invited Muslim leaders to a meeting in good faith “to talk honestly about what more we should be doing together to protect our communities”.

“Some have chosen to publicly boycott this meeting. Continuing down a path of denial only lets their communities down. It makes their communities less safe and more vulnerable,” he wrote.

“The meeting is going ahead with those who want to deal with this issue seriously rather than look the other way.

“And where some can genuinely not attend, I look forward to following up with them at a later time, including with key ministers.”

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Sydney band Lime Cordiale to perform Newcastle High gig in memory of student Isaac Lourie

In tribute: Brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach from Sydney indie band Lime Cordiale will perform at Newcastle High between 11.45am and 12.15pm on Friday. They will also play The Cambridge on Friday night.MUSIC enthusiastIsaac Lourie’s legacy will live on forever at Newcastle High, through a scholarship designed to foster budding talent and provide access to the instrument he loved most.
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“Isaac made a major impact not just on the kids, but on our staff and the whole school community,” principal Nathan Towney said about Isaac, 17, who died on January 5 in a ski boat accident on the Williams River near Raymond Terrace.

Missed: Isaac Lourie.

“He was a very bright young man, loyal to his friends, stood up for what he believed in, had a very good sense of humour and was quite cheeky.

“The graduation was a really emotional day –his year wanted him to be a part of it and it was not fair that he was not there.”

Isaac’s parents Ross and Anna placed one of the guitar picks he hadmade from recycled plastic and credit cardson every graduating student’s chair at the assembly, apart from one chair that held his school bag.

The bag, which he had owned since year seven, had pride of place in the school’s senior study spacewhile his grade prepared for the Higher School Certificate.

“Isaac’s friends have thought of a number of different ways to remember him,” Mr Towney said.

“They felt he was still part of their school year.”

Isaac’s life will be celebrated on Friday when one of his favourite bands, Lime Cordiale, performs at the school and his family launches the Isaac Lourie Scholarship.

Mr Towney said school captain Natalie Cox approached him at the start of the year about the possibility of the band playing at the school formal.

Mr Towney contacted The Cambridge’s Greg Mathew, who reached out to the band.

“He told us about the band coming on the 23rd and we were just blown away.”

Lime Cordiale frontman Oli Leimbach told the Herald the duo didn’t think twice.

“For someone to already be a fan of our band is pretty emotional for us, especially when they’re outside of Sydney,” he said.

“Hearing that someone has passed away it felt like one of our crew, one of our family, had passed away.

“It hit pretty hard.

“To not even know [Isaac] and to know this school is remembering him with this music, that’s amazing.”

Isaac’s family will attend and explain the scholarship, which comprises a year of access to a guitar and tuition from Reynolds & Co.

The school has helped establishAFL tournament, The Isaac Lourie Cup, between Newcastle High and Merewether High. It was held on July 27.

The school will present to the Louries on Friday two jumpers signed by the players in each team.

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New Socceroo Rhyan Grant ready for trim

Rhyan Grant (left) impressed in a timely Socceroos debut against Lebanon ahead of the Asian Cup.Rhyan Grant’s spectacular return from a second knee reconstruction has reinvigorated a stalled Socceroo career and may prompt him to give his infamous mullet a trim prior to a potential Asian Cup call-up.
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Long-serving Sydney FC defender Grant made an assured international debut against Lebanon on Wednesday, when he became the 600th man to win a Socceroos cap.

It came almost 10 years after he made his A-League debut, but circumstance have often forced the 27-year-old right-back to play the waiting game.

He underwent a knee reconstruction early in the 2013-14 season and experienced another before the 2017-18 campaign, which sidelined him for that season.

Grant was first called into the Socceroos squad by then coach Ange Postecoglou in March 2017.

He had to wait 20 months before being awarded a Socceroos debut by his old Sydney FC mentor and current Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.

For once, things moved quickly for Grant.

It took him just eight A-League and FFA Cup games this season to persuade Arnold he was ready for international football.

“He gives you that energy up and down and he’s come back from an ACL very well and he had a special night,” Arnold said.

Grant said he hadn’t expected to get a call-up and with the Asian Cup looming just over a month away agreed it was well timed.

“I spoke to my old man and mum and they sort of said the same thing ‘did you expect to be here about six months ago’, I wouldn’t have,’ Grant said.

“To get back in around the squad and then to make my debut is pretty freakish and something I’m pretty proud of.”

Grant, who chalked up his 150th A-League appearance for Sydney FC in his last game, credited the Sky Blues medical staff for his swift return to top form following his long layoff.

His form surge and consequent call-up means even more people will get the chance to see and comment on his notorious mullet.

“It’s getting a lot of traction the haircut,” Grant said, when asked if he would give it a trim if he gets an Asian Cup call-up.

“You either love it or hate it, I suppose you’ve got to take a side but I’m loving it at the minute, so I’ll keep it for a while I reckon.

“I’ve been in camp 10 days or so, I haven’t had a chance to be able to cut it myself, but when I get home I’ll trim it up and have it ready, spick and span. It’s getting a bit long and a bit ratty.”

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