Australian mufti Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali said on a talk show that Muslims are more entitled to live in Australia than people of British ancestry, because "We bought our own tickets." This only amused Prime Minister John Howard.
Mr Howard laughed off the spiritual leader's convict comments.
"I think it will bring a wry smile to the face of Australians who don't actually feel the least bit offended that many of our ancestors came here as convicts," Mr Howard told reporters in Sydney.
"It's almost a badge of honour for many Australians." [Link]