The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comment: If Muslims can control their Taliban and let their women flourish and overcome sectarianism, Many of the democratic Islamic values will win during this century in the West, despite some prevailing Islamophobia.
The Labor candidate took the remaining WA Senate spot in the final election tally, which has taken more than four weeks to complete.
Fatima Payman has won Western Australia’s sixth and final Senate seat, becoming the first Afghan Australian and the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman in parliament.
She is the state’s only new senator, after Labor senators Sue Lines and Glenn Sterle were re-elected, along with Liberal senators Michaelia Cash and Dean Smith.
The final seat is held by Green senator Dorinda Cox, who in 2021 became the first Indigenous woman to represent WA in the Senate.
Ms Payman arrived as a refugee from Afghanistan with her parents and three siblings, before growing up in Perth’s northern suburbs.
She is passionate about equality and understanding when it comes to youth and culturally diverse communities.
Ms Payman’s election in WA takes Labor’s numbers to 26. The party now requires one minor party or independent vote on top of the Greens’ 12 votes to pass legislation in the upper house with 39 votes required.
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Mother Mary is always with a Hijab in artist’s imagination. How can any open minded Christian be against Hijab? pic.twitter.com/DZuOrGGPFR
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