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A senior Muslim leader has called out the growth of Islamophobia and far-right hate groups in Australia at a gathering of thousands of Muslims at Lakemba Mosque, in Sydney's south-west, to mark the end of Ramadan.

Samier Dandan, president of the Lebanese Muslim Association, told the crowds that the rise of right-wing political parties in Australia was a major concern, particularly in the light of the weekend's election results.

Pauline Hanson's election to the Senate has led Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane to warn that her anti-Muslim and anti-Asian comments could unleash hatred, division and violence.


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