Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Open Days to Promote Harmony; Islamic Society Just Wants to Be Part of Community Following 'Hidden Agenda' Claims

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Open Days to Promote Harmony; Islamic Society Just Wants to Be Part of Community Following 'Hidden Agenda' Claims

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Byline: Madeline McDonald madeline.mcdonald@capnews.com.au

A MEMBER of the Rockhampton Islamic Society says the group has no hidden agenda, and just wants its members to be a part of the community.

Earlier this week businessman and possible mayoral candidate Dominic Doblo said he had concerns about the group and its "hidden agenda" following reports a guest speaker at last year's Mosque Open Day had been linked to extremism. The guest speaker strongly rejected those claims.

Our report generated a lot of online comment on The Morning Bulletin's Facebook page, including this one from local Mosque Open Day organiser, Binil Kattiparambil.

"As one of the organisers of the Rockhampton Mosque Open Days, I can tell you that the open days are organised with an intention to improve cohesion within the community by encouraging open communication between Muslims and non-Muslims," Mr Kattiparambil said.

"The events are community centred. …

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