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Lankan migrant pastor calls for 'limiting Muslims to Australia'

An Australia-based Sri Lankan Tamil migrant has launched a new political party which calls for restrictions on Muslim immigrants to the country.

Rise Up Australia reportedly boasts some 1500 members and plans to submit 65 candidates in federal elections later this year.

"Rise Up Australia Party, which is committed to keeping Australia for Australians, is utterly and completely opposed to multiculturalism," says Rise Up Australia's founder Daniel Nalliah.

"True Muslims are radicals, unfortunately. If they practice the Koran, they're radicals," he said.

If elected, Rise Up wants to restrict the number of Muslims calling Australia 'home'.

The Sri Lankan-born pastor draws on his own migrant past in defence of assimilation.

Mr Nalliah has received support from, among others, Christopher Monckton of the UK Independence Party: "If you come here, then follow Pastor Danny's example and enjoy it and celebrate it and do not seek to destroy it," said Monckton.

Many supporters of Rise Up Australia are said to be concerned by what they claim is the "Islamification of Australia".

One supporter told local media "If we're not careful, we're going to lose this country," said a supporter. "I don't want to see Sharia Law in Australia," said another.

But Iqbal Patel from Muslims Australia says that's far from happening.

"Nobody wants to impose Sharia law in Australia, I mean, far from it. That's the last thing that anybody wants to do".

Nalliah, 49, was born and raised in Colombo Sri Lanka before moving to Australia in 1997.  

He is described as a Christian evangelist pastor and 'Young Earth Creationist'.

First created as a prayer organization, 'Rise Up Australia' was later registered as a political party with the slogan 'Keep Australia Australian'.

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