Australia's first Muslim frontbencher, Ed Husic, has been subjected to "extreme" abuse after he chose to swore his oath of office on the Koran.

Mr Husic, a parliamentary secretary, suffered torrents of anti-Islamic attacks on social media but said he "will not jump because of harsh words in dark corners". On his Facebook page, a series of congratulatory messages was rebuked by critics who said they were "disappointed" and feared he had abandoned the constitution in favour of Sharia law.

"Shame, Shame, Shame," wrote Ross Peace. "I am so disappointed in this government that they don't have the spine to stand up for the Australian way of life."

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