Despite the fact that polygamy is illegal in Australia, their welfare organisation is paying out benefits for Muslims in polygamous marriages.
Conservative MP Cory Bernardi says the payment of Centrelink spousal benefits to the wives of polygamous Muslim men is political correctness gone mad.
The Daily Telegraph reports today that Centrelink has opted to ignore Islamic polygamy, paying spousal benefits to Muslim families with multiple wives in an effort to save taxpayers’ money.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott reportedly called for action after learning about the issue, only to be told that it would cost more to pay the wives the single parent benefit.
Centrelink said it did not hold data based on polygamous relationships or religion. The Islamic marriages are religious unions that are not registered.
“We are always told the data is not kept. I think that is a convenient excuse,” Senator Bernardi said. Read more »