AUSTRALIA has long been a nation of immigrants - arriving to an attractive global image of sun, surf, bikinis, beer, barbecues and above all freedom to enjoy them.
Then there’s sharia – which for most conjures up quite the other thing.
A legal report set to be published on Monday says this shadow system – which in the public eye includes niqabs, burqas, polygamy, whippings and zero tolerance for a can of VB - is running parallel to the laws the rest of us wake up to.
It’s the second story in as many days pointing to a sharia underground where some groups are enforcing religious laws that may break our own secular ones.
In this case two men have been charged with breaking into a Muslim convert’s house and whipping him 40 times in his bed for allegedly having a drink.
It has potential cultural conflicts with Australian law over points including alcohol, marriage and charging of interest on loans. While there has been a push to adopt sharia here the Attorney General says existing laws win out.