In 2010 Ed Husic became the first Muslim to be elected to the Australian federal parliament. When Kevin Rudd announced the Second Rudd Ministry in 2013, Husic was named as Parliament Secretary to the Prime Minister, becoming the first Muslim sworn in to the Australian federal government frontbench, taking his oath on the Qur’an. As his profile has increased, the Australian Muslim frontbencher has been subject to growing Islamophobic abuse.
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