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Bendigo mosque permit condition may be unconstitutional, says judge
by Rania Spooner
A planning permit condition that bans any political discussion on the site earmarked for Bendigo's controversial first mosque may raise constitutional law issues, a Supreme Court judge has said.
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal President Justice Greg Garde made the remark as lawyers for the Australian Islamic Mission told the tribunal they would seek changes to the existing permit for a $3 million mosque on the outskirts of Bendigo.
Representing AIM, Chris Townshend, SC, told the tribunal his client would file a new VCAT application seeking to "tidy-up" some conditions of the permit, including altering a requirement of "no political discussion" on the site, by Monday.
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