Ours is a social, political and legal system that makes much of “precedence”. It has been common practice in Australian civic life for events in Europe, in particular, and the world in general, to shape our political discourse, to be the cause of changes to existing law and even the basis of new law. Much of our “Human Rights” law has been delivered to us because of European precedence; the United Nations interferes in Australian law on the same pretext, there’s precedence in some other arena that is deemed applicable to Australia and so, we comply. How else to explain "Political Correctness"? No Australian could have dreamed it up, it has to be imported.
Precedence - It’s an industry.
There has been talk and agitation in Australia, dating back quite a while – the last century, in fact – for islam to be disenfranchised and to have its tax exempt status revoked. The argument is that islam does not qualify as a religion, that it is a cult and should not be tax-payer funded.
Now, there is precedent! And, from Europe!
The Italians have bitten the bullet and done the necessary. The precedent has been set and so there is no reason why “legislators” cannot examine it with an eye to implementing it in Australia.
Here’s a suggestion to put to your MP!
Italy: Islam denied income tax revenue
Rome, 27 August (AKI) - Mosques in Italy will not receive a share of income tax revenue the Italian government allocates to religious faiths each year. Hindu and Buddhist temples, Greek Orthodox churches and Jehovah's Witnesses will be eligible for the funds, according to a bill approved by the Italian cabinet in May and still must be approved by parliament. (source)