THE idea sharia could operate as part of Australian law was ''misconceived'' and minority practices that offend moral standards should be abandoned, the former High Court judge Sir Gerard Brennan said last night. ...Read the rest at the link, for Sir Gerard's understanding of the proper meaning of a multicultural society.
''The democratic principle prescribes that the culture of the majority is determinative of the legal structure,'' he said. In Islamic law, he said - quoting the president of the Abu Dhabi Supreme Court - customs and legal reasoning had to agree with the Koran. But in Australian common law there was a gap between the requirement of the law and individual moral standards.
''We call that gap 'freedom' and it allows Australian law to protect the cultural moral values of our minorities,'' he said....